Grants offered to LHS teachers

Former Lakewood High School teachers Jim and Gail Meinke together with the Lakewood Alumni Foundation are offering LHS teachers mini-grants of $500 per semester to help finance a special project or program in the school.

Jim Meinke taught for 27 years as an Earth Science, Environmental Science, Global Cultures, Archaeology teacher. He was a Science Department Chairman, and he worked with the administration to train teachers in technology integration and to bring long-distance learning to LHS. Gail Meinke taught for 35 years as a Humanities (Social Studies), Advanced English, Business Writing Skills, and World Literature teacher. She also coached the girls’ swimming and diving teams and developed the school’s and district’s peer mediation programs. They both loved their Lakewood High School careers, and they appreciated the opportunities they had to develop creative, challenging curricula and possibilities for their students and coworkers.

Knowing that Lakewood High has long been a place that encourages the development and creativity of its staff and students but that more recent financial challenges have curtailed some of those effort, the Meinkes stepped up to help reignite that teaching creativity. Programs or projects eligible for the grants can be a curricular, co-curricular, or extra-curricular initiative that promotes creative thinking and problem-solving skills in the students.

Grant winners will be determined by a committee approved by the Lakewood Alumni Foundation in August and February each year.

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