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5 Gainesville High teachers awarded ‘mini-grants’
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New Gainesville resident Barry Stinson gave $1,250 to Gainesville High School to be used as $250 “mini-grants” for five teachers. Pictured, from left, are teacher mini-grant recipients Kristy Smith, Teresa Leach and Lara Mallard; Stinson; and recipients Sarah Densmore and Yolanda Gomez. (photo courtesy of Mindy Ferran)

Barry Stinson, a new Gainesville resident, gave $1,250 to Gainesville High School to be used as five “mini-grants” for teachers.

The grants were given to faculty and staff in response to an early December call for applications. Grants were awarded to:

  • Teresa Leach, anatomy and physiology teacher, for new stethoscopes and blood pressure cuffs to improve the accuracy of readings they’ve been getting from their worn, outdated equipment;

  • Kristy Smith, social studies instructor, for a collection of books to help her students learn the English language;

  • Lara Mallard,  English teacher in the Advanced Placement Capstone program, for video equipment to elevate the quality of her students’ multimedia presentations. This will allow them to be competitive on a national level with the 1,100 other AP Capstone programs;

  • Sarah Densmore, English teacher, for 30 classroom copies of “The Circuit,” Francisco Jimenez’s first in a series of four inspiring autobiographies about his rise from child migrant worker to award-winning author and respected academic;

  • Yolanda Gomez, GHS parent coordinator, for a set of CDs and DVDs to help parents become more effective by staying in control and remaining calm when children present challenges.

“These five faculty and staff have embraced opportunities for creative solutions to their situations,” said Stinson, the son of a teacher. “Their grant applications were well-written, outlining the need for how the grants would be implemented and how they would impact students.”

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