2 Illini Bluffs elementary teachers receive grants from Western Governors University

Manning Bricker and Shawn Crandell
Manning Bricker and Shawn Crandell(Western Governor's University / 25News Now)
Published: May. 25, 2023 at 2:02 PM CDT
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GLASFORD (25News Now) - 2 teachers at Illini Bluffs Elementary School were recently awarded grants through Western Governors University’s Fund My Classroom initiative.

PE teacher Manning Bricker received a $750 grant to create a disc golf unit for the school’s K-5 students.

He plans to use the grant to obtain nine disc golf baskets and targets and create a disc golf unit for over 400 PE students, according to a release from Western Governors University.

At the end of the unit, he plans to have an event inviting parents who will compete in a round of disc golf with their parents and practice their new skills.

Shawn Crandell, an early childhood education teacher, received a $350 grant to enhance her classroom’s science learning center.

She has 12 different learning centers in her classroom, often needing t add or change out activities in each center to keep her stuetns actively engaged.

She plans on adding science activities from Lakeshore Learning to her science learning center. The activities require no preparation by staff and include different specimen kits that focus on bugs, mammals, sea life and reptiles.