Kennebec Retired Educators Association will award three $150 grants to educators in Kennebec County schools. The KREAtive grants supplement expenses incurred in student-centered, inter-disciplinary projects and may be expended for materials used in the classroom, speakers’ fees, project development expenses etc., according to a news release from Kay Grindall.

Grant description and applications are being disseminated to every principal of elementary, middle and high schools in Kennebec County. The principals are then asked to make the applications available to classroom teachers.

“Even though we are not actively teaching in the classroom anymore, for many of us that is where our hearts remain long after we retire,” said Rosanna Joseph, of Waterville, chairperson of the innovative KREAtive Classroom Grant Committee and retired Winslow elementary teacher, according to the release.

“We just want to give back to our schools and students in as many ways as possible,” said committee member Phil Gonyar, of Waterville, where he served as chairperson of the high school social studies department, according to the release. Having also served as superintendent of schools in Bangor, Gonyar initiated the annual grant project in 2014.

Grant applications must be submitted by email to [email protected] or be postmarked by Oct. 30 to KREAtive Grant Committee, c/o George Davis, 12 Fieldstone Drive, Waterville, ME 04901. The deadline for submitting the grant application is Oct. 31. The winning applicants will be notified by Dec. 1 and will receive the grant money at that time.

KREA is comprised of retired educators from 54 schools in 31 cities and towns.

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