Pictured from left are Kristy Villani, Ashley McCauley, Ivy Henderson and Michelle Titus-Glover. The educators were successful in securing Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley Southwestern STEM Grants for Middle Creek Elementary School.

Middle Creek Elementary School teachers were successful in securing grant funding for STEM projects to benefit Road Runner students.

 Three Middle Creek teachers and a West Liberty University student serving as the school’s student resident were recently awarded Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley Southwestern STEM Grants. The educators secured nearly $2,000 that will be used to purchase STEM-related materials. Middle Creek teachers Kristy Villani, Ashley McCauley and Michelle Titus-Glover, along with WLU student resident Ivy Henderson, won funding for their projects.

  • Villani earned $500 to purchase supplies for STEM bins, black lights and neon materials to create glow-in-the-dark days for math lessons and kits to test  for bacteria.
  • McCauley earned $483 for STEM materials for her Kindergarten students. Items include a variety of magnet tiles, marble run kits and building blocks to promote creative thinking and imagination.
  • Titus-Glover earned $504 for giant blocks and various STEM materials focusing on light.
  • Henderson earned $500 for 3D printing pens for a third-grade classroom. The pens will be used for spelling, math and creative exploration at recess.

 Middle Creek Elementary School Principal Katrina Lewis thanked the Community Foundation for the Ohio Valley for awarding the Southwestern STEM Grants to her teachers. Lewis also congratulated her teachers for their efforts in securing the funding.

“I’m very proud of them,” Lewis said. “They always go above and beyond to provide the best education possible for their students.”