Gulfport Chamber Surprises Teachers with Grants

Gulfport Chamber Surprises Four HCSD Teachers with Grants

(HARRISON COUNTY, MS) Four Harrison County School District teachers received a surprise visit on Wednesday. Representatives from the Gulfport Chamber of Commerce showed up at their schools to announce that they are the recipients of the 2020 Teacher Grant. Along with hearing the exciting news, each teacher also received a check, balloons, and fall-colored cupcakes.

HCSD is extremely proud of all four teachers for going the extra mile to enhance classroom lessons for their students! Congratulations to these following Teacher Grant recipients:

Stephani JoinerStephani Joiner

  • Stephani Joiner:  Bel-Aire Elementary -  $357.87 - "News You Can Use" (Sponsor: Keesler Federal Credit Union)

An effort to train gifted education students to be a PR team for the school and community. It combines developing workforce ready skills – such as verbal and nonverbal communication, critical thinking, writing, research and social emotional -  with community involvement.

Demetria BoddieDemetria Boddie

  • Demetria Boddie:  Crossroads Elementary - $429.41 - "Hands-On Tools for Early Readers" (Sponsor: Stars & Stripes)

This effort provides hands-on tools and learning experiences for early readers with significant cognitive delays in the K-3 self-contained class. These type of learning experiences help to increase their literacy growth and encourage active student learning and collaboration with their peers.

Nakia SibleyNakia Sibley

  • Nakia Sibley:  Orange Grove Elementary - $400.00 - "Girls on the Run" (Sponsor: BancorpSouth)

A program to mentor young girls and teach them about the benefits of exercise, health and hygiene. The long-term goal of the program is empowering them to take better care of themselves, which leads to a number of positive outcomes, including better performance educationally.

Tiffani PollardTiffani Pollard

  • Tiffani Pollard:  West Harrison High - $379.00 - "Hurricane Journalism 'GO'es the Distance" (Sponsor: MGCCC)

Hurricane Journalism Program 9th-12th grade media students will use new multimedia video equipment to produce journalistic pieces. The project will not only help students hone their workforce ready skills, but it will also be used to help the students, parents, and local community of West Harrison.

HCSD is truly appreciative of Gulfport Chamber Director, Tracy Yanez, and Gulfport Chamber Education Committee Chairman, Regina Wood, for taking the time to surprise all four Teacher Grant recipients. HCSD is also very grateful for all the sponsors who contributed to the grant program. Thank you for making the presentations extra special for our teachers, students, and staff.