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SCORE Grant Awarded

The Illinois Education Association is proud to announce that it has awarded a SCORE grant to a member of the Aurora Education Association.

Brenda Mendoza and Michelle Patsch applied for the grant as part of the IEA’s Schools and Community Outreach by Educators program, which is a grant program designed to give educators in the first 10 years of their career a chance to apply for money for a service project.

Brenda Mendoza and Michelle Patsch work as Bilingual and ELL educators at Greenman Elementary. Mendoza has been employed in West Aurora School District 129 for 9 years and Patsch has taught in West Aurora School District 129 for five years.

The service program they chose to create an optimum opportunity to encourage Greenman parents to promote literacy, science, and mathematical practices in the home. The essential participants will be Greenman Elementary parents and students ranging from Kindergarten through 5th grade. Our goal is to engage parents in family workshops and field trip opportunities. Each session will have a theme focused on literacy, math, social studies, and science. We will use the funds to purchase books, math manipulatives, and provide transportation to workshop locations.

More than 45 grants were awarded to educators’ projects across the state. Educators’ ideas for projects were creative, varied and were based both inside and outside schools. All of them benefitted students, students’ families and the community.

Volunteer trips, food pantries, plans to get parents involved in schools, increased access to supplies and community service projects were just some of the ideas that were funded.

“We’re thrilled another year of this wonderful program resulted in a range of ideas submitted by our members and we are so pleased with such creative effort,” said IEA President Cinda Klickna.

“We know that our educators are in the schools every day giving 100 percent, but there are unmet needs as well. So many of them wanted to do more. It’s in their nature. We were glad to help them make their ideas come to fruition.”

The IEA represents more than 130,000 members, including teachers, education support professionals, higher education faculty and staff, retired educators and students planning to become teachers.