Grants provide needed resources to CIS teachers

Published 1:30 pm Monday, February 6, 2017

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

CLANTON — Clanton Intermediate School has received two grants from the Partners Enhancing Education in Chilton County committee.

Macie Hilyer and Jill Moatts applied for and received grants for resources for their classrooms.

Hilyer, who teaches special education students, received $325 for a cause and effect software.

“I have students that are nonverbal, that have limited motor skills, but they are able to sit in front of a computer and a switch that is adapted for them to use and it will cause things to come up on the computer screen, so they are learning cause and effect,” Hilyer said.

The teacher explained the software would be an upgrade to what students were using.

Moatts, who teaches third-grade, received $500 for chapter books in her classroom.

“This is the first year that we are self-contained. We have always been team teachers,” Moatts said.

She had always taught math.

“This is my first year teaching reading, so I’m planning on buying a lot of sets of chapter books,” Moatts said.

A portion of the funds will also go toward printer ink for Accelerated Math pages.

“The PEECh grants that are offered is always an upside for the county and for our teachers. Education funding is very low, and any help that we can give back to the teachers through these types of grants is rewarding,” assistant principal Roger Sheffield said.

He thanked those that donated to the public education foundation to make the grants possible.