SCS Education Foundation recognizes Coupons for Classrooms Campaign winners

Published 4:00 pm Friday, May 6, 2016

The Shelby County Schools Education Foundation named the top-selling students in this year's Coupons for Classrooms Campaign. Elvin Hill Elementary student Landon Starnes took first place by selling 114 books. (Contributed)

The Shelby County Schools Education Foundation named the top-selling students in this year’s Coupons for Classrooms Campaign. Elvin Hill Elementary student Landon Starnes took first place by selling 114 books. (Contributed)


The Shelby County Schools Education Foundation recently recognized the top-selling students from the 2016 Coupons for Classrooms Campaign.

Landon Starnes, a student at Elvin Hill Elementary School, was awarded the first-place prize for selling 114 books.

Starnes received a bicycle and a $1,000 cash prize from Regions Bank; a $1,000 cash prize from SaveAround, the publisher of the Coupon Books; a Coca-Cola prize pack; and a Kindle Fire.

The second place winner was Chloe Lyles from Calera Elementary, who sold 85 books.

She received $100 from Regions Bank and $500 from SaveAround.

CJ Tolbert from Calera Intermediate was the third place winner for selling 50 books. He received $100 from Regions Bank and $250 from SaveAround.

The other top-selling students were Evan Dunn from Calera Elementary (fourth place); Dawson Miskelly from Wilsonville Elementary (tied fifth place); Aiden Smith from Montevallo Elementary (tied fifth place); Cyle Jones from Helena Middle (sixth place); Kamari Washington from Helena Middle (tied seventh place); Ruthie Gibson from Calera Elementary (tied seventh place); Matthew Campbell from Montevallo Elementary (eighth place); Christopher Wiseman from Calera Elementary (ninth place); Abigail Price from Forest Oaks Elementary (tied 10th place); Gus Reynolds from Montevallo Elementary (tied 10th place); Jackson Thrower from Calera Elementary (tied 10th place); Ariana Patel from Chelsea Park Elementary (tied 10th place); and John Patrick Snyder from Calera Intermediate (tied 10th place).

Each of these students also won cash prices from Regions Bank and SaveAround in varying amounts depending on where they placed in the top 10.

The top school coordinators were: April Maner from Calera Elementary (first place); Mindy Miller from Oak Mountain Elementary (second place); Julie Brane from Oak Mountain Intermediate (third place); Tracy Whitfield from Mt Laurel (fourth place) and Mark Sanders from Helena Middle (fifth place).

The top teachers were: Misty Rutherford from Elvin Hill Elementary (tied first place); Wendy Avery from Calera Elementary (tied first place); Angie LaCroix from Calera Elementary (second place); Amy Allen from Calera Elementary (third place); April Maner from Calera Elementary (fourth place); and Camden Garner from Calera Elementary (fifth place).

The Education Foundation also honored teachers who were awarded over $39,000 in grant funding thanks to the money raised by the Coupons for Classrooms fundraiser.

The teachers who were awarded grants included:

  • Barbara Reese, Calera Elementary – $1,000 for Let’s Learn about Force & Motion with a Marble Wall!
  • Denise Taylor, Calera Elementary – $1,000 for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
  • Sonya K. Eggleston, Calera Elementary – $999.87 for Cracking the “Code” in STEM Education!
  • Jessica Atchison, Calera Elementary – $984.02 for Blast Off! Join Us With Our Countdown to Learning!
  • Kristen Underwood,  Calera Elementary – $975 for Stop, Collaborate, and Listen –– Chromebooks are the best Invention!
  • Shawn Nash, Calera Elementary – $1,000 for Sensory Garden
  • Kristina Harper, Calera Elementary – $1,000 for Higher Order Thinking: There’s an App for That!
  • Erica Hogge, Calera Elementary – $999.99 for Emphatic Chrome-Addicts
  • April Maner, Calera Elementary – $999.99 for Who needs APPLES when you can have CHROME?!
  • Kelli Francis, Calera Elementary – $897 for iPads for Learning
  • Leah Patterson, Calera High – $961.71 – Freedom Writers Novel Grant
  • Daryl Hyde, Chelsea Park Elementary – $824.98 for Lights, Camera, Aww…
  • Leah VanDeren, College and Career Center – $1,000 for An Egg-cellent Way to Teach Life Skills to our Flock
  • Robin Vincent, Columbiana Middle – $982.62 for A Picture is Worth…1,000 lessons
  • Debra L. Hawkins, Columbiana Middle – $990 for Technology Warfare: Teaching Math in the Twenty-First Century
  • Zac McWhorter, Career Technical Education Department – $625 for “Girls Can” Construction Camp
  • Felicia Merritt and Martha Bentley, Elvin Hill Elementary – $979.97 for We Robot!
  • Susan Leigh McLemore and Carol JoBeth Robbins, Forest Oaks Elementary and Mt Laurel Elementary –  $1,000 for Bot Buddies
  • Jennifer Williams, Erin Haisten, Amanda Hardenbergh, Savannah Roberts, Forest Oaks Elementary – $787.87 Ramping and Rolling in Kindergarten.
  • Shelly Daley, Helena Elementary – $857 for What’s the Matter?
  • Heather Kirk, Helena High – $500 for Exploring Through Apps – Utilizing Maker Spaces in the Media Center
  • Mallory Swinsick, Helena High – $500 for A Space to Create: Incorporating Maker Spaces
  • Laura Sparks, Helena Intermediate – $996.99 for Chrome Equals Gold: Chromebooks in the Classroom
  • Sarah Hopper, Helena Intermediate – $799.49 for Writing Made Easy with Technology
  • Karen J. Morgan, Helena Intermediate – $967.78 for As Lovely as Daisies, We Play Ukuleles
  • Shelli Abernathy, Helena Intermediate – $780 for Powerful Processing Promotes Purposeful Programming (P5)
  • Lance Pruitt/Michelle, Helena Middle – $1,000 for Give Me a Beat!
  • Amanda Hamm, Inverness Elementary –  $843.75 for Growing Kindergarten Readers and Writers
  • Laura Calhoun, Linda Nolen Learning Center – $869.97 for iLearn with iPads
  • Meka Smith, Montevallo Elementary – $800 for I Read, You Read, We All Read to Succeed!
  • Brenton L. McCaleb, Montevallo High – $500 for Nutrisize Me!
  • Amy Green from Montevallo Middle – $937 for The Apple of my iPad
  • Sydney Lyn Howard, Oak Mountain Elementary – $975 for Craving Chrome
  • Ronda Thomas, Oak Mountain Elementary – $902 for iNeedOne
  • Jennifer Northrup, Oak Mountain Elementary – $975  for More Than an Hour!
  • Kaley Wood, Oak Mountain Elementary – $984 – Collaborating through Chrome
  • Beth Rowland, Oak Mountain High – $1,000 “STEAMED in the Library”
  • Linda Sears, Oak Mountain Intermediate – $1,000 for S.P.O.I.L. Our Students with iPads (Students and Parents Owning Individual Learning)
  • Connie Lacy, Shelby Elementary – $1,000 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math)
  • Michelle Griswold, Shelby Elementary – $498 for These Are the Droids You Are Looking For
  • Lisa J. Carden, Shelby Elementary – $685.72 for Adventures Await Us!
  • Jennifer Parker, Shelby Elementary – $1,000 for Aim, Strike, Goal!
  • Stacy Aderholt, Shelby Elementary – $1,000 for See the Sea
  • Chris McGaha, Special Services Center – $1,000 for Deaf Literacy Program