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Seven teachers from six Michigan City public and parochial schools received grants from the Barbara A. Carmen Memorial Endowment Fund through Unity Foundation of La Porte County.

The fund was established in 1992 in memory of the late Barbara A. Carmen, a Michigan City Area School’s elementary school teacher.  Mrs. Carmen’s family conceived this fund through Unity Foundation to promote excellence in the classroom.

Annual grants are awarded to fund special classroom projects and programs which will enrich curriculum or enhance a teacher’s ability to meet student needs. Over $44,000 has been awarded thus far to finance teacher-directed projects, classroom equipment, and continuing education for teachers.

This year 19 applications were submitted, with seven approved, totaling $2,572.50. The teachers will reach nearly 700 students with the following projects:



Michigan City Area Schools:

Edgewood Elementary School

Teresa Pavloff, Mary Bowser: Multi-Media Math Stars, $270

Knapp Elementary School

Nancy Gonzalez: Listeners for Literacy, $296.01

Krueger Middle School

Betheny Bortz: Hooked on Books, $483.25

Lake Hills STEM Magnet School

Sheri Wagner: Everyone Reads, $473.26


Private/Parochial Schools:

Notre Dame Catholic School

Jennifer Scriba: REWARDS, $317.85

Kate Bobillo: Ready Set Read, $500

St. Stanislaus Kostka Catholic School

Kristi Harmon: Life and Style of Henri Matisse, $232.13

For more information contact Sandy Gleim, 219-879-0327

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