The Moore American

Local News

March 19, 2014

Four seek grant votes

MOORE — Oklahoma City and Moore teachers, Lori Wilkerson, first grade, Oakridge Elementary School; Chelsea Sikes, second grade, Briarwood Elementary School; Dee Ann Moran, second grade, Winding Creek Elementary School; and Debbie Taran, physical education teacher, Highland East Jr. High are in the running for a chance to win $2,500 grants from Farmers Insurance’s Thank a Million Teachers program.  

Farmers Insurance is asking America to help select the first round of grant proposal submissions through Thank A Million Teachers. Until March 31, voting is open online at for 30 educators across the country to receive $2,500 grants each to fund their classrooms. The winning proposals will be announced in April.

Since Jan. 1, more than 1,200 teachers across the country have submitted proposals for their chance to win a grant. Members of the public can vote for as many proposals as they like, however, they can only vote for the same proposal once per day.

Wilkerson submitted a proposal dedicated to providing school supplies and books for her students, many of who come from low-income families and cannot afford these basic learning tools themselves.

Sikes’ proposal is dedicated to purchasing new math, centers and Common Core materials that were destroyed in her classroom following the May 2013 tornado that struck the Moore community.

Moran’s proposal is dedicated to purchasing new desks and chairs to replace the wobbly and breaking ones that Moran has had in her classroom for more than 20 years.

Taran’s proposal seeks funding for gym equipment to replace the items that were destroyed in the May 2013 tornado. Though Taran’s school is being rebuilt, the gym is still far from complete.

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