Washington Trio Wins Grants

Clinton News Daily

Big Adventures are ahead for these three Washington Elementary School educators. Joe Thomas will be retracing the steps of legendary explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark in the Northwestern United States while (continuing from left) language arts and social studies sixth grade teacher Diana Jones and media specialist Tina Hernandez will be packing their bags this June for Egypt. The three won two grants from Fund for Teachers. (CDN Photo by Robert Bryan)

Three educators at Washington Elementary School in Clinton have won two grants from Fund for Teachers that should greatly enhance educational opportunities at their school.

The three honorees are librarian Tina Hernandez, sixth grade teacher Diane Jones and physical education teacher Joe Thomas.

Hernandez and Jones won their grant to finance a trip to Egypt to see several of the historic and geographic sites there as well as tour some Egyptian schools.

They will be going to Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, the Valley of the Kings and the Nile River.

The Clinton pair also will spend an evening with an Egyptian family to learn their customs and about their lifestyles.

Information from their trip will be used to enhance a study unit on Egypt that the school has hosted for several years.

They also hope to make an alliance with a school in Egypt so that Clinton students can write letters to their Egyptian classmates. They plan on embarking for the ancient land of the pharaohs in June.

Joe Thomas won a separate grant which he will use to retrace the westward exploration route of famed explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark, hiking, canoeing and bike riding the trails.

Thomas also plans to bring his wealth of experiences exploring the great Northwest United States back to the classroom.

He will be working with the students on using a compass, map skills, the geo-positioning satellite (GPS) system and even setting up tents.

Thomas, who routinely takes his students on long trudges in and around Clinton, will be bringing back video pictures and information on how the explorers were able to survive in the wilderness.

Principal Dawna Mosburg commented, “We are very proud of these three teachers and the work they put into writing these grants. It took them around three months of research and writing, then editing to finish their grant applications. These are an example of the kinds of teachers we have in Clinton.”