H.P. Retired Teachers Association awards educational grants for special projects


The Holland Patent Retired Teachers Association (HPRTA) has awarded a pair of $100 educational grants to two current Holland Patent teachers.

“There are so many out-of-pocket expenses that teachers bear each year,” the association said in announcing the awards, adding that “as retired teachers, the HPRTA is well aware of these expenses that are not included in dwindling classroom budgets and wants to assist current Holland Patent Teachers Association (HPTA) members with some of these expenses.”

This year’s recipients were Alicia Roscup, a fourth-grade teacher, and Justin Eberley, a seventh-grade science teacher. Roscup will use the funds to purchase materials for reading and writing units of study. Eberley will use the grant money to purchase various materials to support the Makerspace Classroom and STEM kits.

“It is critical that teachers provide for their students activities that make classrooms and learning come alive,” the announcement added.

“These grants will help these teachers provide the materials needed for stimulating learning activities,” the association said.

The HPRTA began awarding these educational grants last year and hopes to continue providing two $100 grants each year for deserving projects. Last year’s recipients were Shawn Hast, an eighth-grade English Language Arts teacher and Julie Horwat, a Middle School Library teacher. Hast’s grant was used to support a project that promoted community involvement and compassion, respect, honor and support for veterans. Her students made cards and gifts for local veterans in the VA hospital. Horwat’s grant was used to purchase materials for her Battle of the Books club. The club meets after school and nurtures a love of reading and camaraderie with an academic, friendly competition with like-minded peers.

Applications for these grants will be available at the beginning of each school year with a deadline of October 31 of each year. Any K-12 HPTA member may apply for a grant.


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