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Education Foundation awards grants to teachers

HAMPDEN, Maine — The MSAD 22 Education Foundation awarded grants to teachers this fall for classroom projects to expand and enhance the regular curriculum.

Schools receiving grants were Leroy L. Smith Elementary School and Samuel Wagner Middle School in Winterport; Earl C. McGraw and George B. Weatherbee Elementary Schools in Hampden; and Hampden Academy.

District art teacher Mary Ann Hennesey Ashe received a $250 grant for the “Mask Making Art and Art History Project,” which allows elementary students to learn about history and multiculturalism through masking-making.

At Leroy H. Smith Elementary School, fourth-grade teacher Jessie Gower will use $200 in grant money for the “The Daily Café,” an online math and literacy program that aligns with the goals of mass customized learning, an innovative new system that uses individualized approaches to empower learners.

Fifth-grade teacher Susan O’Brien received a $240 grant to purchase rain pants for students to use for outdoor learning in rainy weather. School ownership of the rain gear will help avoid cancellations or postponements of valuable field trips due to inclement weather.

At Hampden Academy, American Sign Language teacher Donna Casavant received a $240 grant to bring non-hearing mentors into the classroom to work with students learning American sign language.

For information,, email or call 207-852-2138.


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