Thomson High School Art Teacher Claudia Wells recently received a special grant for $750 from the McDuffie County Board of Education.
Mrs. Wells enjoys art, especially when it's displayed so everyone can see it. She has already displayed some of her students' art on the ceilings in the Health Occupation rooms.
For the grant, Mrs. Wells' idea was to allow some of her upper level art students to design art work to be displayed for the senior patio. About 45 students will be working on this project; they are not sure what they will be putting on the patio, but some of their ideas are sculptures, tiles, and paintings.
To complete her project, she applied for a Teacher Incentive Award Application. An outside committee evaluated the applications and selected several individuals to receive the money. In order to receive the grant, she had to describe the project, give examples of how funds would be used, and explain how the grant would impact student learning. In addition to providing instructional objectives, she also had to identify project evaluation guidelines, and provide a budget. When asked how she felt about the grant Mrs. Wells said, "I am glad that I get to do something for the school through this grant."
The proposal was due in October. On Nov. 5, she learned of her grant acceptance. Now that she has everything, her upper-level art students will design art for the senior patio. Mrs. Wells hopes it will be finished sometime in April; they should be starting to make the art right after Christmas break.