Foundation gives grants at New Diana
by MARY L. KIRBY
May 07, 2013 | 1792 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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SURROUNDED by members of the New Diana Drumline, top and right, and cheerleaders from the New Diana Middle School Thursday morning, members of the New Diana Educational Foundation present a check to middle school teachers Paula Hjorth and Terri Conner for $250. From left are Jodie Stark, Jimmy Coulter, teachers Conner  and Hjorth, Joshua Simms, and principal Greg Pope.
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New Diana Middle School cheerleaders marched down the halls at three different campuses Thursday chanting: “We are proud of you, we are proud of you!” The drumline of the New Diana Eagle Band marched along, creating echoes down the hallways which had heads popping out of doorways.

Who? What? Why?

Officers of the New Diana Educational Foundation and the principals of each of three campuses followed the students until they stopped at the doorway of a selected classroom. Seven teachers became the surprise recipients of grants of $250 each: Four at the New Diana Elementary School, two at the New Diana Middle School, and two at the New Diana Intermediate School.

Each had declared to the foundation how she had a special project she wanted for her classes, and the $250 would enable her to meet the costs. In all, 292 students will benefit from the projects developed by these teachers.

Foundation President Joshua Simms presented the checks to each teacher. He was joined by treasurer Jodie Starks and vice president Jimmy Coulter.

At New Diana Elementary, Karen Pinkston, Kellie Parrymore, Tracie Mobbs and Cindy Turner received the checks. Poppy Elwell and Donna McGuire got the attention at New Diana Intermediate, while Paula Hjorth and Terri Conner received the awards at New Diana Middle School.

At the Middle School, Mrs. Hjorth and Mrs. Conner will be working together to create a butterfly garden for seventh- and eighth-grade students.

Poppy Elwell at the Intermediate School will add new listening stations for her classrooms, where up to five or six students can listen to a book.

Donna McGuire at the Intermediate School will take the fourth and fifth grade choir, the Eagle Singers, to Dallas for a choral competition.

At New Diana Elementary School, pre-K and Kindergarten teachers have new projects in mind, including Ms. Pinkston’s plans for a board game to develop higher-level thinking skills for pre-K students.

Tracie Mobbs will develop a special station for kindergarten students to learn every minute, and Kellie Parrymore will create a Butterfly Pavillion, where pre-K students will learn the life cycle of butterflies.

Cindy Turner was not available to describe her project.

The grants conclude the first year of the New Diana Educational Foundation’s donations. When not serving on the foundation board, Sims is an insurance agent for Texas Farm Bureau; Stark the Branch President of First National Bank of Harleton, and Jimmy Coulter is owner Phillips 66 and Stop-A-Minit, Diana.
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