FCFCU gives $5k to St. Tammany Parish Teachers

Covington, LA – First Castle Federal Credit Union announced today the winners for the “I heart my credit union” contest where they asked St. Tammany Parish teachers, either private or public, to submit a video expressing how $500 could help their students.

Ms. Lagarde teaches Kindergarten at Abney Elementary had 3 students do a version of “Rude” using lyrics to explain what they would love to have in the classroom. She plans on using the grant money to incorporate science into daily lessons. One of the items they will be getting is an incubator to hatch chicken eggs.

Ms. Billiot from Abney Elementary is a first year teacher needed help buying manipulatives to help her students learn Math.

Ms. Walters from Little Oak Middle School class loves Science. The kids decided to purchase 3 triple beam balances, 12 stopwatches, and a set of 7 graduated cylinders.

Bonne Ecole Elementary in Slidell’s winner is Ms. McAllister. She teaches 5th and 6th grade gifted. She will be purchasing an iPad with a keyboard to enhance her students learning. Ms. McAllister made a very creative video using the tune to “Frozen” and changing the words to express the need for her students and thanking FCFCU.

Ms. Sterling from Woodlake Elementary and teaches 2nd grade. Her students made a type of confessional about what Ms. Sterling has taught them including a young lady holding a very large bag of trash confessing that Ms. Sterling taught her how to keep her desk clean. Ms. Sterling hope to use the grant to help her students with the new Core curriculum.

Mr. Kranz from Slidell Jr. High had his son who is only in 4th grade helped him make a compelling argument that some of Mr. Kranz’s students in 8th grade didn’t know their multiplication. The grant will help many students that are academically at risk use an online math coaching program.

Ms. Nobel at Madisonville Elementary teaches Special Education for children with mild and moderate disabilities including Autism and Down Syndrome. She will be purchasing hands on materials to help the students with basic life skills through games and tactile tools.

LTCOL (Retired) Cassady from Mandeville High School has 133 cadets participating in JROTC, making it the largest club on campus. The cadets have requested funds for a gas grill and banquet tables. The cadets volunteer to work at each home football game, and the JROTC parents provide the 40 or so volunteers a hot meals on the corner of the football field. This fund will also be used year round to support functions like their summer camp.

Ms. Featherstone from Pine View Middle School is buying a very interesting piece of technology. This will allow her deaf students to participate in class better by allowing them to answer via text that will be synced with her Promethean Board.

Ms. Richardson from Pontchartrain Elementary teaches Kindergarten. Her class helped her make a video and Ms. Richardson wrote a very clever poem with the letters “We Love FCFCU”. The class made great suggestions like buying a possum with the grant but Ms. Richardson hopes to buy books and make a great library corner for comfy reading in her class.