ProjectClassroom grant winners announced

    October 3, 2011

    Greater Iowa awards five, $1,000 grants to local elementary school classrooms
    Oct. 3, 2011 (Ames, IA) – Greater Iowa Credit Union today announced the five recipients who were chosen to receive $1,000 ProjectClassroom grants.
    ProjectClassroom is a special grant program for K-5 teachers to purchase items they may not otherwise be able to afford. Nominations were accepted between June and September 1, and consisted of an essay of no more than 500 words. The five winners were chosen by special selection committees from each of Greater Iowa’s branch communities. Nominations were accepted from teachers, parents and any other member of the community.
    The winners are:
    Darci Rose, special education teacher, Morris Elementary in Des Moines. Grant money will be used to purchase an iPad and specialized software to aid in educating autistic children.
    Pamela Nichols, fifth grade teacher, Lakewood Elementary in Norwalk. Nichols will use the grant money for the purchase of a broadcasting kit that  includes lighting, green screen material, and video camera.
    Stephanie Gierstorf, third grade teacher, 20th Street Elementary School in Denison. Grant money will be used for purchasing two iPads for her third grade classroom.
    Diane Bullock, third grade teacher, Meeker Elementary, Ames. Bullock will use the funds to purchase two, specialized reading sets to help students of all levels learn about social studies. The sets will be shared among three third grade classrooms.
    Darla Emery, Christy Franco, Shena Jackson; first grade teachers, Fellows Elementary, Ames. Grant money will be used to purchase new books for all of the school’s first grade students, who are developing early reading skills.
    Greater Iowa Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial institution with more than 28,000 members and assets of more than $279 million. Greater Iowa has six branches in Ames, Des Moines, West Des Moines and Denison. For more information, visit