Local non-profit continues tradition of classroom support

IDEA, Inc., local education foundation, awarded  teacher grants this year totaling $2,415 and $1,285   going to the individual schools, to help them in their classroom efforts. The teachers were recognized by the Augusta Board of Education at Monday’s monthly meeting.
Independent Development of Education in Augusta (IDEA, Inc.) began  in 1998 by former educators Faye Teegarden and Laurel Hutchinson.  The foundation has cumulatively given out $53,788.71.
Longtime IDEA, Inc. President Mike Martin shared the annual report and thanked the Augusta Board of Education members for their continued support. Martin explained that when the projects are submitted for consideration, two committees make selections based on specific criteria.  
 The 2018 IDEA classroom grants include:
• $650 to Megan Vittitow at Augusta Middle School
• $389 to several teachers/classrooms at Ewalt Elementary
• $295 to Marcie Bowman at Lincoln Elementary
• $478 to Tom Zerr at Augusta Middle School
• $614 to Cathy Shaffer at Garfield Elementary.
Schools for their participation in the card drive as follows:
• $363.00 to Garfield
• $346.00 to Ewalt
• $239.00 to Robinson
• $177.00 to Lincoln
• $160.00 to AMS

“I believe that Independent Development of Education in Augusta is one of the best, non-profit organizations, that you can get tax exemption with, from your contribution,” Martin said.
For more information on IDEA, Inc., contact Martin at: mrmartin@sagepointadvisor.com.