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Helping Teachers Help Students

LCCU’s 2019 Teacher Grants

Supporting local teachers has been part of LCCU’s mission since its inception in 1939. In 2014 when public funding for education was at a historic low, the LCCU Board of Directors saw a need in the community for helping our teachers who are professional innovators and guardians of the future. In an effort to help teachers supplement instruction, facilitate student learning and reach their greatest potential, the LCCU Teacher Grant Program was created.

In 2019, more than $5,000 in grant awards were given to teachers throughout our communities. Each semester, LCCU awards up to five grants up to $500 each to pay for programs, materials, and/or special projects for classrooms.

All educators in grades pre-K-12 within our field of membership are eligible. The LCCU Teacher Grant Committee considers the following in grant applications:

  • Interest and originality of the project concept
  • Likely impact on teaching and learning outcomes
  • Likely impact on student engagement
  • Evidence of school readiness, capability, leadership, and motivation
  • Potential for parent and community involvement
  • Encouragement for Educators to start school-wide and individual programs to fund-raise

During 2019, we are proud to have awarded the following teachers with LCCU Teacher Grants:

Jenna Lathrop, Asotin Elementary, $250.18 for a chicken egg incubator

Kalene McLachlan, Grantham Elementary, $480 for the school running club

Karen Pell, Lincoln Middle School, $353.76 for S.T.E.M materials

Katrina Morris, Timberline Schools, $500 for after-school S.T.E.M. activities

Marie Huffman, Highland Elementary, $500 to purchase heart rate monitors

Amy Wareham, Genesee Elementary, $476.97 for S.T.E.M. – Coding for Kids

Shelley Harrison, Highland Elementary, $500 for flexible seating

Maura Sumpter, Highland Elementary, $500 for S.T.E.M. materials

Shannon Rhodes & Jil Taylor, Lincoln Middle School, $350 for Kindness Club

The application deadline for the spring semester is February 20, 2020. Grant applications and more information about applying for a grant are available on the LCCU website ( and in our LCCU branch lobbies.