Teachers at Parkway Elementary School walk students down the hallway to their classrooms on the first day back to school for Tupelo on Wednesday morning.

TUPELO • The Association of Excellence in Education (AEE) has awarded the Tupelo Public School District 31 grants totaling $75,014.08.

The grants, awarded Monday, range from $500 to $9,120. They were funded through donations from area businesses and private donors, along with fundraisers.

AEE was founded in 1983 and has distributed nearly $3 million in grants since its inception.

“AEE’s purpose is to support the Tupelo community by serving its most important resource for growth: the Tupelo Public School District,” AEE president Ashley McLellan said. “We accomplish this each year by granting the most innovative proposals that teachers submitted."

AEE helps to promote creative initiatives in the classroom by giving teachers resources that allow them to engage student directly, she added.

Among the 31 grants were two named awards — The Regions Grant and the Founders’ Grant. The Founders’ Grant was presented to Parkway teachers Amanda Warren and Dawn Ver Hey in the amount of $5,950 for Dispensing Literacy: The Inchy Bookwork Vending Machine. The Regions Grant, valued at $2,306, was awarded to Laura Sheffield of Milam for Mixing Math and Science Into The Stacks.

The complete list of this year's AEE grant names, teachers, schools and amounts:

Act It Out with Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales — Amanda Young, Leigh Ann Wise, Carrie Riley, Catherine Kahlstorf; ECEC — $1,804.84

Fairyland and Construction Zone — Amanda Young, Leigh Ann Wise, Carrie Riley, Catherine Kahlstorf; ECEC — $1,752.47

 STEM on the Move! — Anna Taylor, Amy Buzzell, Clarissa McCain, Amy Hardy, Ashley Dallas; ECEC — $1,716.91

Mixed Media, Movement & Mid-Century USA — Shannon Carlisle; Lawhon — $500.00

The Elvis Engineers — Anna Beth Williams; Lawhon — $496.00

Turn up the Heat on Service Learning — Keila Glenn, Shannon Carlisle, Tabbie Easter, Breanna Jefcoat; Lawhon — $2,830.00

Launching Leaders — Amorita Shells, Kaisonju Witherspoon; Milam — $2,195.00

Mixing Math and Science into the Stacks — Laura Sheffield; Milam — $2,306.38

The Inchy Bookworm Vending Machine — Amanda Warren, Dawn Ver Hey, Travis Ver Hey; Parkway — $5,950.00

From STEM to STEAM: Coding Artist Robot — Amanda Warren, Dawn Ver Hey; Parkway — $1,749.25

STEM Lab Shenanigans — Lindsey Hester; Rankin — $4,396.29

En Pointe With Learning — Michelle Guyton; Thomas — $2,326.61

Get in the Game — Jeni Chandler, Rachel Davis; Thomas — $1,408.85

Right One! — Donna Bridges; Thomas — $2,750.92

Sensing All the Senses — Sharronda Evans; Thomas — $1,060.00

We Can't Help Falling in Love with Elvis — Jeni Chandler, Lee Ann Barnes, Rachel Davis; Thomas — $1,651.30

Advanced Podcasting in the Classroom — Shari Chumley; THS — $1,697.93

Breakout Science — Constance Burleson, Crystal Bigham; THS — $2,000.00

Caught in the A.C.T. — Rand Hinds, April Friar; THS — $1,200.00

Cooking Up an Education — Kathy Anderson; THS — $290.92

High School Photography Goes Pro — Shari Chumley; THS — $2,698.99

Let's Book It — Debra Long, Neely Walker; THS — $876.75

Level Up: Language Proficiency — Katy Rawson; THS — $1,491.90

Making Math 3D — Kelly Martin; THS — $2,152.87

Real Life Situations W/O Real Life Consequences — Scott Gann, Brent Keller, Justin Reed, Harris Faucette; THS — $9,120.00

Sew Many Possibilities — Ginger Enis; THS — $2,239.88

Spin Me Around — Teresa Ware; THS — $3,866.00

Tupelo Golden Wavely — Anne Marie Goad; THS — $1,500.00

A Mississippi Dirt-Shirt Shindig — Teresa Bernauer; TMS — $1,874.77

Musical Dynamics of the Self-Contained — Cassie Swoope; TMS — $5,824.00

Rise to the Occasion — Meg Russell; TMS — $3,285.25

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