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St. Augustine teacher receives funds for hands-on science learning tools

Facing Tight Budgets, St. Augustine Area Teachers Raise More than $5,000 to Fund Classroom Projects

St. Augustine teacher receives funds for hands-on science learning tools

ST. AUGUSTINE – Nov. 8, 2011 — Shea Grammer, a teacher at John A. Crookshank Elementary School, received funding from DonorsChoose.org for an “Exploring Science” project that provides hands-on tools such as magnifiers and bucket balances for the study of science lessons. “My students have a chance to work with hands-on projects that pertain to our science lessons,” Grammer said. “I know they will soon grow to love science.”

Local Horace Mann agent Shannon Millican has been telling teachers looking for a way to fund classroom projects about DonorsChoose.org, a nonprofit organization that connects donors with public school teachers who need classroom materials. Horace Mann has contributed $600,000 to school projects nationwide through DonorsChoose.org so far in 2011. Now, teachers can submit classroom projects via Horace Mann’s Classroom Project Facebook page to increase their chances of funding.

Grammer demonstrated her classroom project and discussed how other public school teachers can find funding on Nov. 8 at the school. Millican explained the DonorsChoose.org program and Horace Mann’s association with it.

Grammer is among 11 St. Augustine area teachers who have received donations totaling more than $5,000 to fund 15 classroom projects through DonorsChoose.org in 2011.

The teachers gained the donations by posting classroom projects needing funding on the DonorsChoose.org Web site. Full-time public school teachers, nurses, and guidance counselor can participate.

About Horace Mann

Horace Mann (Horace Mann Educators Corp. (NYSE:HMN) is the largest national multiline insurance company focusing on educators’ financial needs. Horace Mann provides auto and homeowners insurance, retirement annuities, life insurance and other financial solutions. “Founded by Educators for Educators” in 1945, the company is headquartered in Springfield, Ill. For more information about the company, visit www.horacemann.com.

About DonorsChoose.org

Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org is a nonprofit website where public school teachers describe specific educational projects for their students, and donors can choose the projects they want to support. To date, almost 160,000 public and charter school teachers have used the site to secure funding for $71 million in books, art supplies, technology, and other resources that have supported 3.9 million students.

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