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Langley Awards $15,000 in Grants for Innovative Classroom Projects


Kelli Ragland
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30 Hampton Roads Teachers Each Will Receive $500 Mini-Grants  

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – (Nov. 27, 2023) – Thirty Hampton Roads teachers each will receive a $500 grant from Langley Federal Credit Union to bring innovative projects to their classrooms during the 2023-24 academic year. 

Through the grants, totaling $15,000, Langley is championing diverse educational initiatives with a focus on cutting-edge subjects. Among the selected projects are initiatives related to cybersecurity and artificial intelligence, agricultural sustainability and environmental consciousness, robotics activities that inspire STEM learning, reading comprehension and access to dual language books, and sensory spaces to improve emotional health.   

Portsmouth Public Schools teachers Brandi Blount of Cradock Elementary School and Benjamin Brown of Churchland Middle School each received a grant to introduce Sphero products into their classrooms. Sphero is a leading STEM learning company known for their?interactive robotics and STEM education kits that teach kids to code at home and in the classroom. 

“The students I work with?are resilient and love school. It warms my heart to be able to provide them with quality, engaging instruction,” Blount said. “In class, materials for hands-on learning are limited. The Sphero Indi bots?will be a great extension to previously learned skills. They will expose students to a form of technology that aligns with 21st century learning.” 

Langley established the annual mini-grant program in 2006 to assist local elementary, middle and high school teachers. 

“Teachers give so much of themselves to ensure each and every one of their students has the opportunity to succeed,” said Jerome Fowlkes, Langley’s chief human resources officer and member of the Langley for Families Foundation Board. “The teacher mini grant program helps ensure our community’s educators have the resources needed to enhance their classroom experience and provide creative learning opportunities for their students.” 

The recipients of the 2023 mini grants are: 

  • Courtney Balingit, Palmer Elementary School, Newport News 

  • Brandi Blount, Cradock Elementary School, Portsmouth 

  • Madeline Brewer, Kecoughtan High School, Hampton 

  • Benjamin Brown, Churchland Middle School, Portsmouth 

  • Marlana Chamblee, Carver Elementary, Newport News 

  • Cindy Connell, Gildersleeve Middle, Newport News 

  • Baseemah Cumberbatch-Smith, Arrowhead Elementary School, Virginia Beach 

  • Qua Cummings, John F. Kennedy Middle School, Suffolk 

  • Gretchen DeWall, Point Option Virtual Learning Academy, Newport News 

  • William Huberdeau, Warwick High School, Newport News 

  • Brittany Hutchison, Gildersleeve Middle School, Newport News 

  • Karen Inniss, Southside STEM – Campostella, Norfolk 

  • Bernita Johnson, Cradock Elementary, Portsmouth 

  • Andrea Jones, Blair Middle School, Norfolk 

  • Angel Jones, Churchland Academy, Portsmouth 

  • Brooke Kampney, Menchville High, Newport News 

  • Amber LaMonte, York High School, York County 

  • McKenzie LeVan, Birdneck Elementary, Virginia Beach 

  • Jennifer Marques da Silva, Grassfield High School, Chesapeake 

  • Autumn Mathis, Langley Elementary School, Hampton 

  • Alisa Smith, Jamestown High School, Williamsburg/JCC 

  • Krysten Stallard, Gildersleeve Middle School, Newport News 

  • Rebecca Stauffer, Coventry Elementary School, York County 

  • Bonnie Stewart, Hampton Christian Academy, Hampton 

  • Lauren Taggart, Rosemont Forest Elementary, Virginia Beach 

  • Catherine Taylor, Plaza Middle School, Virginia Beach 

  • Lindsay Thompson, Princess Anne Middle School, Virginia Beach 

  • Jennifer Walker, James River Elementary School, Williamsburg/JCC 

  • Charisse Warren, Shelton Park Elementary, Virginia Beach 

  • Minnie Woodbury, Southwestern Elementary School, Chesapeake 

Langley Federal Credit Union has a long history of community involvement and charitable giving dating back to the founding of the credit union in the 1930’s. With a commitment to making a difference in the communities it serves,?Langley for Families?Foundation was launched in 2014 to support causes and charities benefiting children and families. 

Langley Federal Credit Union is a federally chartered credit union, regulated and insured by the National Credit Union Administration. Langley Federal Credit Union serves more than 370,000 members and has $5.3 billion in assets, ranking the financial cooperative as one of the 100 largest credit unions in the country. Langley is a full-service financial institution where everyone can save, borrow, and spend wisely. Located in Hampton Roads, Langley has over 700 employees, 23 branches and more than 55,000 surcharge-free ATMs throughout the region. For more information, visit?www.langleyfcu.org

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