Pope County Community Foundation
P.O. Box 663
Russellville, AR 72811
479-967-3083 * 479-970-7594


Madelyn Ginsberg, Executive Director

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Local Teachers Receive Grants for Science Instruction

Pope County Community Foundation Announces Minigrant Recipients


Russellville, Ark. (November 25, 2013) –  Ten local teachers were selected recently to receive twelve grants through Arkansas Community Foundation’s Science Initiative for Middle Schools (SIMS) program. SIMS aims to spark students’ interest in science by providing materials for hands-on instruction that brings scientific and mathematical principles to life.


Across the state, 294 teachers received a total of approximately $180,000 for project materials like microscopes to study cells, tools for robotics labs and modeling equipment to explore Newton’s Laws through the example of roller coasters. These projects will benefit thousands of children in grades 5 through 8. Locally, ten teachers will receive funding that will benefit 1,322 children in Pope County.


Applications were submitted by teachers in counties served by one of Arkansas Community Foundation’s 27 affiliates, including Pope County.  Locally, a committee from Pope County Community Foundation reviewed proposals from teachers in Pope County school districts.


 The following are the teachers that were awarded the grants, their school, and their project:



  • Kathy Brunetti, Hector Elementary School, “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”
  • Rachel Cogburn, Russellville Junior High School, "Invention of Hugo Cabret” set of books
  • Michelle Ezell, Atkins Elementary Middle School, two grants, “Cells and Cell Processes Labs”, and” Terrarium’s Ecosystems in Action”
  • Ann Finch, Dover Middle School, “This is MASSive”
  • Bill Harvey, Russellville Middle School, “Science in Middle School”
  • Kim Hern, Atkins Elementary Middle School, “Learning by Investigating”
  • Julie Hodges, Atkins Elementary Middle School, “Tools to Learn”
  • Penny Laymon, Atkins Elementary Middle School, two grants, “Scientific Minds at Work” and “Density: What’s Up or Down?”
  • Joy Vickers, Russellville Middle School, “C.A.R. Content Area Reading”
  • Sarah Walker, Russellville Middle School, “Literacy in Science, C.A.R. Content Area Reading”



Annual funding for this program is made possible by an endowed gift to the Community Foundation from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. Teachers may apply for SIMS grants beginning in May of each year; visit arcf.org for more information.


Arkansas Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that fosters smart giving to improve communities. The Community Foundation offers tools to help Arkansans protect, grow and direct their charitable dollars as they learn more about community needs. By making grants and sharing knowledge, the Community Foundation supports charitable programs that work for Arkansas and partners to create new initiatives that address the gaps.  Since 1976, the Community Foundation has provided more than $108 million in grants and partnered with thousands of Arkansans to help them improve our neighborhoods, our towns and our entire state. Contributions to the Community Foundation, its funds and any of its 27 affiliates are fully tax deductible.



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