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$2,000 in 'mini-grants' given to Tigard-Tualatin elementary teachers

The Beta Beta chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma, a nonprofit service organization of retired women educators, has awarded nearly $2,000 in mini-grants to elementary teachers in the Tigard-Tualatin School District.

The grants, which are $250 or less, go toward music and art projects being led by the teachers. Teachers applied anonymously for the grants last fall, with projects rated based upon merit, and the number of students their project could impact, according to Beta Beta.

Nine applications were received and all were funded, according to Pam Kenyon, the music and arts chairwoman for Beta Beta.

The Beta Beta Education Foundation will show a slideshow of the completed projects at its final meeting of the year. It will also hold a garage sale during the last weekend in July at Tigard High School to raise money for next year's round of grants.

This year’s mini-grant winners are:

• Diana Kravitz at Charles F. Tigard Elementary School for a sound system amplifier.

• Melissa Myers at Tualatin Elementary School for hand instruments and costume material.

• Faye Orme at Tualatin Elementary School for her English-language learners book-making projects.

• Amanda Thompson at Bridgeport Elementary School for her “Stretch Your Mind” student art


• Amy McKean at Metzger Elementary School for her fifth grade marimba group performances.

• Joy Schaber at Metzger Elementary School for her art literacy project on King Tut.

• Marc Silverman at Durham Elementary School for his Brazilian samba music project.

• Shailaja Ram at James Templeton Elementary School for her looms and yarn-weaving group.

• Bruce Krieg at James Templeton Elementary School for his Afghan music club.