COPPERAS COVE — The Copperas Cove Education Foundation surprised teachers all over the district Friday by handing out 15 grants totaling more than $34,000.

The grants were awarded to fund innovative teaching methods at seven schools. Technology played a role in which programs got some of the grants from Intervening with iPads at House Creek Elementary and Get Hooked with A Nook at Crossroads High School.

Teaching through service opportunities also got a financial boost with grants awarded to Clubs 4 Kids-Revolutionizing Relationships at Fairview Jewell Elementary School and Clements/Hollie Parsons Elementary School’s Kids Care Club created by pre-K teacher, Ann Marie Aker, in September.

“It is important for the children to learn to give back, especially at an early age. We do a community service project once a week from supporting the animal shelter by making dog biscuits and adoption bandanas to the Gabriel Project at Holy Family Catholic Church where we did a drive to help single mothers keep their babies. We had two carloads of stuff.”

The Kids Care Club also adopted a military unit at Fort Hood and will serve homemade soup and bread at the Cove House in December. Students are also in the midst of a Toys for Tots drive that wraps up Dec. 9.

Aker said she has 75 to 100 students plus their parents involved in each week’s project. The $750 given to the Kids Care Club by the education foundation will fund some of the supplies for the projects.

Last year, the education foundation awarded nine grants totaling $30,649.

The Copperas Cove Education Foundation is a non-profit organization made up of local business and community leaders, parents, and alumni in the Copperas Cove school district.

The foundation operates independently of Copperas Cove ISD.

Copperas Cove Education Foundation Award Recipients


Intervening with iPads: Carolyn Jackson, Dee Ann McCormick, Anysia Chavez, Anita Paul & Chris Gallen, $4,535.28

Leap Ahead: Lisa Kumpf, Jill Price, Amanda Rolfe, Veroncia Rodriguez and Tonya Sweeney, $2,424.85

The Launch Club: Kirk Balk, Heather Ingle, Carolyn Jackson and Amber Wilson, $4,028.46

Family Fitness Fun Night: Clara Rudewick, $410

Bounce a Little, Learn a Lot: Breanne Turner, $564.78


Let’s Share a Story: Love-Anne Feather, Paula Hunter, Rebecca Shoaf, Blanca Burge and Shanee Schrick, $1,783.50

Buddy Reading: Patricia Dickinson & Leann Kasper, $718


Get Hooked with Nook!: Kim Turner, $2,500


Clubs 4 Kids-Revolutionizing Relationships: Julie Fish, $2,660.84

Exploring Our Dreams: Julie Odum, Joann Mendez, Cindy Thornton and Barbra Schulze, $1,755.60


Listening Centers for Literacy: Hillary Newton, $1,023.93

Music and Technology: Teegan Carpenter, $3,201.46


Discovery After-School STEM Camp: Tivonda Tucker-Johnson, Jaclyne Mobley & Jacqueline Ritz, $5,790


Dash to Math: Tom Bogus, $2,200

CPE Kids Care Club: Ann Marie Aker, $750

Contact Wendy Sledd at or (254) 501-7476

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