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Sol Hirsch Education Fund Grants are awarded annually to teachers/educators of grades K-12 to help improve the education of their students, school and/or community in the science of meteorology. The Grant is intended to allow teachers to:
Requirements: Teachers, program directors, school district supervisors and other individuals or groups proposing to improve the education of K-12 students in meteorology may submit an application. The application is to be completed online and consists of information related to the individual (s) submitting and a proposal regarding the initiative. The proposal should be a thorough description of activities, costs and expected outcomes of the initiative. Include the details of how the money ($750) will be spent. The Education Committee (rating committee) will place a high value on the creativity and expected impact of the project. Hints on how to develop the proposal are included in the online application. The project/proposal has to be approved by the school principal or equivalent type of supervisor as explained in the online procedures. Completed applications must be submitted no later than 1 June 2013. Applications can be started early and saved online and submitted when all required information is gathered and completed.
In general, those teachers /educators selected to receive the grant are those who's applications:
Since 1993, the NWA has awarded 109 K-12 Education Grants totaling nearly $60,000, thanks to the generosity of Sol Hirsch and the many NWA members who donate to this worthwhile program.
This map shows the locations of the 2010 award winners in blue, 2011 winners in pink and 2012 in yellow.
In 2009, Education Committee Co-Chair Eleanor Vallier-Talbot traveled to Bedford, New Hampshire, to personally award the grant check to Mike Brown and the educator team at the Peter Woodbury School.
Updated: 14 Mar, 2013
2008 — Cliff Hudson, Williamston High School, Williamston, NC Mary Jean Johnston, Punxsutawney Weather Discovery Center, Punxsutawney, PA Bev McKillip, Elkhorn Valley School, Tilden, NE Ronette Oller, Fort Middle School, Columbus, GA Susan Parker, Buckland Elementary School, Gates, NC Teresa Root, St. Mary of the Lake School, White Bear Lake, MN Timothy Sheehan, Sangamon County Juvenile Center, Community Transition Program, Springfield, IL Clara Shoe, Foster Elementary School, Tampa, FL Lisa Sims, Zellwood Elementary School, Zellwood, FL Leslie Stafford, Manual Junior Preparatory School, Peoria, IL 2007 — Chris Campbell, Simsboro School, Simsboro, Louisiana Terri Cloyde, Madill Elementary School, Madill, Oklahoma Scott MP Hawbaker, Depew Middle School, Depew, New York Linda R. Hogan, Lake Ridge Middle School, Gary, Indiana Deb Hurst, Mills Elementary School, Austin, Texas Dana K. Kelly, Highlands Grove Elementary, Lakeland, Florida Veronica Krautheim, Multimedia & Visual Arts School, Crawford Educational Complex, San Diego, California Betsy Moore, Goodridge Elementary School, Hebron, Kentucky J. Christine Paulsell, Jefferson East Curriculum Center, Covington, Louisiana Cindy Wilson-Hyde, Gulliver Academy, Coral Gables, Florida 2006 — Karen Ashton, Dr. John Long Middle School, Wesley Chapel, Florida. Vickie Blankenship, East McDowell Junior High School, Marion, North Carolina. Regina Brinker, Christensen Middle School, Livermore, California. Robert L. Dospoy, Harmony Elementary School, Westover, Pennsylvania. Sherry Goldman,Floranada Elementary School, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Joyce Hembree, Mark Twain Elementary School, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Kathleen Jerome, STAR Academy, Lillington, North Carolina. Kathy K. Lineberger, Marvin Ward Elementary School, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Ros Won, Marymount School of New York, New York City. Way Yuhl, Flagstaff Children's Museum, Flagstaff, Arizona. 2005 — Marla Baldwin, Gillis Elementary School, Lake Charles, Louisiana. Gene Bush, Clay Hill Elementary School, Jacksonville, Florida. Karen DeBartolo, Saint Mark's Christian School, Middleburgh, New York. Erik Wood Fogel, Bronx Preparatory Charter School, Bronx, New York. Linda Militello, P.S. 84 Erie County Health Care Center, Buffalo, New York. Mary Ann Nakamoto,Churchill Elementary School, Glen Ellyn, Illinois. Caprice Potter, Gateway School, Santa Cruz, California. Catherine Ryan, Alvin High School, Alvin, Texas. Robert J. Stewart, Jr., Prince William County Juvenile Detention Center, Manassas, Virginia. 2004 — David W. Chapman, Okemos High School, Okemos, Michigan. Melanie DuBose, Valley Community Charter School, North Hills, California. Garland Jay Hart, Campbell Academy Challenge Cluster, Atlanta, Georgia. Peter Leinau, Jack L. Boyd Outdoor School, Fish Camp, California. Windy Linden, Reed Elementary School, Tiburon, California. Wendy McNeil, Dorothy B. Johnson Elementary School, Wilmington, North Carolina. Jennifer C. Williams, Isidore Newman School, New Orleans, Louisiana. 2003 — Cherie Edwards, Meadowlark Elementary School, Chinook, Montana. Deborah J. Hargrove, LaVerna Evans Elementary School, O'Fallon, Illinois. Kathy K. Lineberger, Marvin Ward Elementary School, Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Denise Scioli, Alternative Learning Center (Austin Independent School District), Austin, Texas. John Schaefers, Ingomar Middle School, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. 2002 — Mary W. Altus, Brennan Elementary School, Columbia, South Carolina. Barbara A. Doughty, Saint Mary Elementary School, Norwalk, Ohio. James F. Dowling, Reading Muhlenberg Area Vocational School, Reading, Pennsylvania. Shannon Kleweno, Cedar Creek Elementary School, Olathe, Kansas. Rebecca J. Petrey, Kairos Academy, Newark, Ohio. 2001 — Chris Hockert, Clifton Hills Elementary School, Chattanooga, Tennessee. Bernice Lowery, Langston Magnet School, Hot Springs, Arkansas. Karen A. Vitek, Nassau Spackenkill School, Poughkeepsie, New York. 2000 — Susan J. Flores and Lynn Sillitoe, New Dominion Alternative School, Manassas, Virginia. Marilyn M. Johnson, Umatilla-Morrow Education Service District, Pendleton, Oregon. Catherine Sachse, Hudson Valley Circle of Learning, Rock Tavern, New York. 1999 — Jill Evans of the Calusa Nature Center and Planetarium in Fort Myers, Florida. Peggy Morgan of Walnut Grove Elementary School in Ferguson, Missouri. Arlene Scull of North Elementary School in Youngstown, Ohio. 1998 — Angela Marsan, Central Elementary School in Clewiston, Florida. Mary Beth Bauer, Ingram Tom Moore High School, Ingram, Texas. 1997 — Catherine Cavanaugh, Whitaker Center for Math, Science and Technology in Naples, Florida. Robyn Behen, Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Jefferson City, Missouri. Uri Harel, Hartland Elementary School in Hartland, Vermont. 1996 — Leslie Demmert, Belleville, Illinois School District #118. Lisa Marie Gonzales, Thomas R. Pollicita Middle School in Daly City, California. 1995 — Carrie Ann Lucas, Hopwood Junior High School in Chalan Piao, Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. Winnifred G. Bolinsky, Foglesville Elementary School in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Christina Wilder, Paul Revere Elementary School in San Francisco, California. 1994 — Barbara Feller, Program Director of Science Station, Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Jean M. Parker, Sacred Heart School in Boise, Idaho. 1993 — Linda J. Wygoda, Sam Houston High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana.