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King Middle School Teacher Wins Competitive Grant

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King Middle School Teacher Wins Competitive Grant
Posted on 12/11/2014

King Middle School teacher Karen MacDonald is one of 30 teachers nationwide to receive a $2,500 grant through the Farmers Insurance “Thank a Million Teachers” program.

Thomas Hyman from Farmers Insurance and Maine State Sen. Anne Haskell presented King Middle School students in the K-PAC after school program with the $2,500 grant check in early December.

MacDonald, Maine’s 2014 Teacher of the Year, and King Middle School teacher Lisa Hatch oversee the program for sixth graders. The funds will be used for academic materials for students.

K-PAC (King Middle School and the Parkside Community) is a program in which students meet after school twice a week to work on learning targets and homework. Community volunteers also support the program.

“This was a competitive grant, with online voting deciding the results. Teachers and community members from throughout Portland cast their votes for the grant during the month of September,” MacDonald said. “Thank you to Farmers Insurance, the Parkside Neighborhood Center, and all of the faithful voters of Portland for supporting this program.”

MacDonald noted that in the contest, “We competed against over 50 other proposals from the Eastern part of the United States, including proposals from big cities such as Tampa, Fla.”

According to Farmers Insurance, "Since the beginning of the year, close to 900,000 “thank yous” have been extended to teachers on ThankAMillionTeachers.com. As part of the national program, Farmers has also been inviting teachers who have been thanked on the website to submit proposals for $2,500 grants. During the months of August and September, the public voted on hundreds of proposals with the top six vote-getters in five regions selected as winners. In all, Farmers has committed to donating $1 million to teachers and education programs in 2014."

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King Middle School students in the K-PAC after school program received
the $2,500 grant check in early December.