Over the past three decades, the Junior League of Chattanooga’s Mini-Grants program has provided close to half a million dollars to Hamilton County teachers to help fund projects for their classrooms. These grants are designed to provide funding for creative and effective teaching projects to educators in the Hamilton County public school system.
During the 2017-2018 school year, Junior League of Chattanooga, in partnership with Hamico, Inc, awarded $15,500 in Mini-Grants by funding a total of 22 projects. Winning projects ranged from the creation of an outdoor classroom at Hixson Middle School to establishing a culinary class at Orchard Knob Middle School.
"Our students have had a wonderful time this year in our culinary class,” said Dana Turney, winner of a 2017-2018 Mini-Grant. “They have created cookbooks they can use at home and learned to create meals they can share with family and friends. It has been such a fantastic learning experience. Our students now realize that learning can occur anywhere, especially in the kitchen.”
Junior League President Nicole (Bambi) Watson added, “JLC is honored to help provide assistance to Hamilton County teachers for more learning capabilities for students. Our teachers are invaluable assets to our community, and we are so grateful for the generosity of Hamico, Inc. to make these grants a reality.”
This year marks the Junior League’s 30th year providing Chattanooga area teachers with additional resources for their classrooms, making Mini-Grants the longest continually-running program of the Junior League of Chattanooga. Any elementary, middle, or high school teacher or team of teachers in the Hamilton County public school system is eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted through Sept. 30, at 5 p.m. A link to the application can be found at jlchatt.org.