Teachers Receive Grants

Superintendent Shepherd proudly announces that seven Floyd County teachers have received grants including one $5,000 grant from the 2021 Rising Sun Initiative through the Kentucky Future Farmers of America Foundation (FFA) and 11 Appalachian Renaissance Initiative (ARI) KVEC Innovation Grants. Each ARI application received $700-$1,000 each with some teachers receiving multiple grants.

Shepherd comments, “We’re excited to have teachers who push themselves and go beyond expectations. These individuals come from all levels and have some amazing ideas for projects that will engage their students. Their applications must focus on a challenge and another part is that they have to identify and support innovation.”

The Floyd County teachers who received grants are as follows:

Duff-Allen Central Elementary ($3,716.97)

Cindy Artrip - Interacting with Art

Mahealani Wilson - Bulldog Weekly

Brandi Slone - 2 grants, Sustainable Learning and Making Sense of Reading

John M Stumbo Elementary ($711)

Lucy Davis - Poppon’ with Phonics

Floyd County School of Innovation ($4,975)

Bobby Isaac -  Build It, Use It, Appreciate It: Creating Our Own Workbench

Cortney Kidd – Amp Up Engagement with Breakout Rooms

 Manufacturing Young Entrepreneurs

  Out of the Box Engineering 

 Why it Matters: A Look into Real-Life Biology

Justin Smith -   Mountains of Produce: Raised Bed Gardens 

In addition to the ARI grant, Justin Smith from FCSI received a $5.000 Rising Sun Grant from the Kentucky Future Farmers of America Foundation (FFA). With this grant, Justin plans to fund the schools’ FFA with attire, regional and state events and camp. This grant will also fund raised bed gardens for plants, chicken coops and supplies and an owl pellet  dissection kit. All funds go toward enriching the local FFA chapter and enriching the classroom experience for students.


Shepherd concludes, “When teachers apply for grants, they are going beyond expectations for them. They are usually so passionate about a project that they will put additional time and effort into grant writing so that they can have materials or supplies for a lesson or project. And when your teacher is that passionate about their subject, it spills over to the students. I hope that each of them invites us into their 

classes to see their excitement and what challenges our students are using innovative thinking and skills to overcome.”


Collage of teachers