Twelve Accomplished Mississippi Teachers received Leo W. Seal Innovative Teacher Grants

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On Friday [1/26/24], twelve accomplished Mississippi teachers received Leo W. Seal Innovative Teacher Grants to help pay for their original teaching projects that will provide more hands-on learning opportunities to students.

The Leo Seal Grants provide up to $2,000 for teachers to implement a new teaching idea into schools in the eight Mississippi counties Hancock Whitney, which funds the grant, serves—Forrest, Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Lamar, Madison, and Pearl River.

 

Georganne Kennedy of Hancock Middle School. Her project “Hawks Brew” will allow for an in-school coffee cart operated by special needs students to, “empower individual independence, teach important business management skills, prepare young people for future employment, and promotes understanding, empathy, compassion, and inclusivity among all students.” 

 

Ms. Kennedy serves as a Special Educator and her coffee program assists students to gain employment skills for during and after high school. If you are in high school, ask your teacher, counselor, or reach out to MDRS counselor to possibly experience work based learning environments such as the “Hawks Brew” coffee cart.

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