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Piedmont teacher awarded LIFT grant

More than a dozen Union County Public Schools (UCPS) teachers recently received Leadership and Innovation Funding for Teachers (LIFTed) Higher Grants for 15 projects that boost literacy, bridge the achievement gap and spur students on toward careers and college. The grants, which the Union County Education Foundation rewards to eligible teachers each year, range from $500 to $1,500.

On Oct. 23, UCPS cabinet members as well as Union County Education Foundation Executive Director Amy Sperry presented a check to:

Margaret James (Piedmont Middle), Figurative Sculpting
This $1,200 LIFT Grant will provide funding for disposable art supplies needed to help Piedmont Middle students build 3D figures of literary characters. After reading, reflecting, journaling and sketching the characters, students will have the ability to create stable, free-standing figures with expressive personalities and visual elements. In addition to honing their critical thinking and literacy skills, the students will learn how to manipulate points of view, play with ideas and become innovators.