Fifteen educators in East Baton Rouge Parish start this school year with recognition and $1,000 each for funding their innovative teaching ideas.
Unum (NYSE: UNM) and its Starmount subsidiary awarded $15,000 in Strong Schools Grants to local public school teachers during a reception on Aug. 20. The grants are given to teachers who demonstrate effective and creative ideas to engage students and improve their learning levels.
“Education is one of Unum’s biggest areas of giving,” said Meghann Morin, Unum’s corporate responsibility manager in Baton Rouge. “We have been fortunate to provide our support to schools in multiple ways across the parish. Our Strong Schools Grant Program is unique, because we are able to help our talented educators enhance the learning environments for their students.”
This year’s grant recipients received funding for a range of classroom projects. Some educators will use the money to purchase new teaching aides and materials, such as STEM kits, science lab equipment, and virtual reality technology for social studies lessons. Others will obtain resources and establish new initiatives like mentoring programs that also foster character development and confidence.
“Unum’s Strong Schools Grant allows teachers to seek funding for something that isn’t part of the traditional curriculum – but is still a needed component,” said John Underwood, a biology teacher at Baton Rouge Magnet High School. “And, anytime that we get support from businesses within the community, it is meaningful to teachers, but it is also really meaningful to our students. It shows them that people care about them. In a city the size of Baton Rouge, it’s one of those small-town moments that really synergize things.”