June Hockison, a teacher at the Chana Education Center, was recently awarded a grant for $533.34 from the Excellence in Education Grants for Teachers Program.
The Illinois Retired Teachers Association Foundation awarded nearly $36,500 in grant money throughout the program to several public school educators statewide.
Hockison requested the award for provides art therapy to students attending an alternative high school that serves students who have adverse childhood experiences, resulting in behavioral issues.
Students are given the opportunity to express themselves through various artistic mediums, including sculpting, drawing, painting, string art, origami, and even scrapbooking.
The IRTAF designed this program based on the idea that educators often do not have additional revenue sources available for unique student projects or classroom materials.
Applicants were required to meet the proper criteria and to submit their proposals by early June.
The IRTAF Board of Directors selected the grant recipients and awards are being presented now.
The Illinois Principals Association played a vital role in assisting IRTAF with the promotion of this program.
The IRTAF is affiliated with the Illinois Retired Teachers Association, a lobbying group for retired educators, with a current membership of more than 38,000.