"It is amazing to think that a group of volunteers put their minds together 16 years ago to help the teachers in the Conway School District," says Marti Jones, executive director of the Conway Public Schools Foundation.
"And now we have put more than $150,000 into the classrooms with our Classroom Impact Grants Program."
The foundation handed out more than $21,000 in grants to 27 educators at the district's back-to-school convocation on Aug.
18, Arkansas Matters reports.
Three of the grants are named for longtime Conway educators, including former Superintendent Greg Murry.
The named grants were established by family, former colleagues, and friends through gifts totaling a minimum of $15,000 to CPSF's endowment, which is managed by the Arkansas Community Foundation.
This year, CPSF is raising money to create a new named grant in honor of the late Kori Bartholomew, a long-time Conway Public Schools supporter, former Conway High School staff member, and mother of two daughters who attend Conway High School.
"I know Kori had an impact on so many," Jones says, adding that Bartholomew's husband and their daughters are honored that Kori will be remembered "supporting the teachers she loved so much."
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