The Community First Cares Foundation, the charitable arm of Community First Credit Union, awarded 20 PowerUP Jax innovation grants to public school teachers in Duval County. Each recipient will receive a $500 grant to support their in-class projects. A volunteer committee awarded the grants based on project proposals that were based on creativity and prioritized hands-on learning experiences to raise student achievement.

Check out the 20 winners and learn more about their innovative projects too. 

Rebekka Allen, Mt. Herman Sunshine Garden Enterprise, Mt. Herman Exceptional Student Center

Mary Elizabeth Ballentine, Postcrossing: Making Global Connections, Oceanway Middle School

Shaun Bennett, The Steel Drum Project, Ortega Elementary

Susan Burns, One Teacher’s Trash…Fishweir Elementary School

Heidi Ecklor, IMPOSSIBLE becomes I’M POSSIBLE in Innovative Inclusive Classrooms Implementing iPads, John Stockton Elementary School

Jessica Fessenden, TEDXWolfson: A community-partnered discussion to increase global mindedness, Wolfson High School

Gayle Fiser, Your Family has NO Taste!, Darnell-Cookman Middle-High School

Priscilla Hardage, Gods and goddesses and creatures oh my!, Chimney Lakes Elementary

Monica Isom, GIZMO Funding, Joseph Finegan Elementary

Dr. Mai Dinh Keisling, Experiencing Museums: Impact on IB-Art and AP Art History Exam Scores, Paxon School for Advanced Studies

Dwyane Kohn, Young Gentlemen Group of Kings Trail Elementary, Kings Trail Elementary

Cheryl B. Lemine, In Honor of Veterans – A booklet of Freelance Poetry, LaVilla School of the Arts

Emmie McMahon, A Jedi Academy will make Jedi Masters!, Lone Star

Jane Monks, Mt. Herman Art Festival, Mt. Herman Exceptional Student Center

Vernita Moore, Human Impact on The Environment (specifically our sources of water), Jean Ribault Middle School

Donalee Nobles, Creating Music Through Ukuleles, Romona Elementary School

Bethany Patel, Wonderful WonderBots!, John Stockton

Kathleen M. Poe, When given the choice, “Choose Kind,” Jacksonville Beach Elementary

Ashley Russell, The Power is in Our Hands!, Chets Creek Elementary

Elizabeth Thomas, Request for Chemical and laboratory Equipment for the Chemistry Club, Darnell-Cookman Middle-High School