NEH receives Project Classroom Grant

First grade class was one of five projects to be funded

— Daily Freeman-Journal photo by Teresa Wood Scott Zahlne, CEO of the Greater Iowa Credit Union, presents Northeast Hamilton First Grade teacher Kim Schimp and NEH with a $1,000 Project Classroom Grant on Monday. The grant was one of five awarded in 2017 and is designed to enhance the academic environment in the classroom.

BLAIRSBURG– The Greater Iowa Credit Union awarded a $1,000 Project Classroom Grant to Northeast Hamilton Elementary School teacher Kim Schimp on Monday in Blairsburg.

The Greater Iowa Credit Union has partnered with Iowa State University and KDSM-Fox Channel 17 to award five teachers throughout the 33 Iowa counties of Greater Iowa Credit Union membership with the Project Classroom Grants. Teachers in Des Moines, Adair, Marshalltown and Waukee also were awarded the 2017 grants.

Dyanna Whistler, of Greater Iowa Credit Union marketing, explained that the company acknowledges that often funding isn’t available for special projects.

“And some teachers can’t afford to pay for them out of their own pockets,” she said.

Some of the Project Classroom Grants have provided funding for supplies, flexible student seating, technology, equipment and field trips, said Whistler.

Scott Zahlne, Greater Iowa Credit Union CEO, awarded the grant and he was accompanied by ISU’s Cy, who posed for photographs to the delight of the students.

Schimp told the elementary students that she saw the announcement of the grant program on KDSM-Fox Channel 17 and decided to apply for it.

“I was excited and thought it would be great to have more activities,” Schimp told the students.

The grant will be used to enhance the school’s existing MakerSpace room and the MakerDay program that the school hosts each spring, she said.

“We’re excited about that,” said Zahlne, who hopes to return TO NEH to see some of the projects in action.

Schimp’s application stood out to the GICU grant selection committee, said Whistler.

“I have to say, Kim’s application was very passionate and detailed. It was very well thought out,” Whistler said. “You can really tell when a teacher is passionate about teaching.”