Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Langley Awards $15,000 in Grants for Innovative Classroom Projects

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NEWPORT NEWS — Thirty Hampton Roads teachers, including several from local districts, will each receive a $500 grant from Langley Federal Credit Union to bring innovative projects to their classrooms during the 2023-24 academic year.

The recently announced grants, totaling $15,000, are aimed “to champion diverse educational initiatives with a focus on cutting-edge subjects,” it said.

Selected projects include initiatives related to cybersecurity and artificial intelligence, agricultural sustainability and environmental consciousness, robotics activities that inspire STEM learning, reading comprehension and access to dual language books, and sensory spaces to improve emotional health, according to Langley. The annual mini-grant program was established in 2006 to assist local elementary, middle and high school teachers.

“Teachers give so much of themselves to ensure each and every one of their students has the opportunity to succeed,” said Jerome Fowlkes, Langley’s chief human resources officer and member of the Langley for Families Foundation Board. “The teacher mini-grant program helps ensure our community’s educators have the resources needed to enhance their classroom experience and provide creative learning opportunities for their students.”

Local recipients of the 2023 mini-grants include:

  • Amber LaMonte, York High School, York County
  • Alisa Smith, Jamestown High School, Williamsburg/JCC
  • Rebecca Stauffer, Coventry Elementary School, York County
  • Jennifer Walker, James River Elementary School, Williamsburg/JCC

To learn more about Langley Federal Credit Union and its history of community involvement and charitable giving, visit

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