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Adopt-a-Teacher Grants Announced

The Long Beach Jaycee Foundation has announced the recipients of its 2011 Adopt-a-Teacher grants.  The foundation awarded grants of $250 to 22 teachers.

Among the grantees are Gerianne Smith of Gant Elementary School, Megan Kaplinsky of Stephens Middle School, and Roberta Patterson of Millikan High School.  Respect-ively, they will now be able to stage an original musical play, purchase science laboratory equipment, and hold a student portfolio workshop offering guidance on completing college applications.

Caryn Cobb of Lakewood High School will purchase new hardbound copies of Dickens’ classic Great Expectations, and Stacy Collins of Hughes Middle School will take her students to the Museum of Tolerance.  Satinder Hawkins’ 12th graders at Millikan will participate in an International Economic Summit conducted by the U.S. Federal Reserve.  Karena Massengil’s art students at Cabrillo High School will create and design projects with the latest digital imaging technology.

The foundation also presented a $1,000 Grand Award to Tammy Tokunaga-Huckabee.  The funds will provide materials to enable the teacher’s current and future first graders at Riley Elementary School to create books of their own with their original writings.  Her students will walk to local rehabilitation centers, elderly homes, or hospitals where they can read their own stories or books they have studied, and share pictures they have drawn.

Adopt-a-Teacher was established to honor MaryPat Bamrick, a former Jaycee and elementary school teacher in Long Beach.  Most of the funding for this program was raised through the Long Beach Street Food Fests, the foundation’s events that bring gourmet food trucks to Rainbow Lagoon.