Wells Fargo grant for teachers

Published 2:16 pm Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Greater Shelby County Education Foundation received a $15,000 grant from Wells Fargo to benefit Shelby County Schools through teacher grants.

The Greater Shelby County Education Foundation is supported by the education initiative of The Partnership, a collaboration of businesses, municipalities and county governments, and Shelby County schools.

The Education Foundation was formed as an advocate for quality public education in Shelby County, and operates independently of the Shelby County Board of Education.

“Not only does the Education Foundation provide financial support for schools, we strive to strengthen partnerships between communities, businesses and educators,” said Heather Stripling, The Partnership Initiative Coordinator. “Since its inception, the Greater Shelby County Education Foundation has awarded nearly a half million dollars to teachers for classroom projects and equipment not otherwise funded through the school system budget.”

“As business leaders, we recognize that the magnificent school system that we have here in Shelby County affects every aspect of our lives in the county – economic development, growth and the quality of life that we enjoy,” said Jennifer Trammell, president of the Greater Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and The Partnership. “Receiving grants such as this from Wells Fargo strengthens our partnership efforts.”

Shelby County teachers can apply for grants in the spring of each year for classroom projects.

For more information about The Partnership and the Greater Shelby County Education Foundation, contact Heather Stripling at heather@shelbychamber.org or call (205) 663-4542.