Kathleen Poe, a science teacher at
Fletcher Middle School was selected to receive a $750 grant from the National Weather Association (NWA). Sol Hirsch Education Fund Grants are awarded annually to teachers of grades K-12 to help improve the education of their students, school and/or community in the science of meteorology. Ms. Poe was one of seven teachers selected to receive this award out of 500 applicants. The winners were announced at the annual awards luncheon in Arizona on October 6.
“My goal in this grant is to get Fletcher High and Fletcher Middle (and hopefully Mayport Middle) students to work together in collecting air samples for the Fletcher High chemistry students to analyze,” says Ms. Poe. “We will become the Beaches Science Academy (a science honor society) for students interested in science and will meet periodically not only to collect and analyze data, but to meet and work alongside the scientists at UNF and JU.”
Since 1993, the NWA has awarded 95 K-12 Education Grants, thanks to the generosity of Sol Hirsch and the many NWA members who donate to the program. The winning teachers are selected based on certain criteria including who will be most likely to succeed with their proposal.
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