Members of the Minden-South Webster Chamber of Commerce are taking extra steps to lighten the load of Webster Parish teachers that go above and beyond the call of duty and need funds to assist them in the classroom.
As such, the Webster Education Endowment Fund will award eight $500 grants to local teachers who are seeking funds for innovative and creative projects.
Applications are currently being accepted for all teachers interested in securing the grant monies and will continue to be accepted through October 5.
All full-time Pre-K-12 Webster Parish public school teachers are eligble to apply for the grants. Teachers interested in the grants should contact Connie Busby at the Webster Parish School Board office.
Started in November, 1999, WEEF was originally set up to give 90 percent of the earnings gained off the investments of the original $125,000 raised for the fund. The mission of WEEF is to give the interest of that $125,000 earns away to teachers in grants. This year, the interest was $4,000.
When a teacher applies for a WEEF grant, their non-identifiable application is submitted to a chamber committee that chooses the grant winners without ever knowing who they are judging.
The WP teachers who received last year's grants were: Theresa Downs of Brown Upper Elementary, Bridget Bridges and Jennifer Santelices both of Jones Elementary, Todd Aulds of Phillips Middle School, Robin Campbell of North Webster Lower Elementary and Bernard Friday from Brown Upper Elementary.