Posted by: Kallie Sulanke  | Feb/16/2021

Teachers Awarded $2,692.71 for Creative and Innovative Classroom Projects

Eight local teachers will receive $2,692.71 in Robert P. Bell Education Grants from The Community Foundation of Muncie and Delaware County, Inc. Across the county, 1,000s of students benefit from Bell Education Grants each year.

Awards of up to $450 are available through the Bell Grants program. Teachers in public and private K-12 schools in Delaware County, Ind. are invited to apply for this competitive funding throughout the school year to enhance learning in their classrooms. Teachers may apply for as many unique, creative classroom projects as they can imagine during each of the four application cycles. Grant applications are reviewed blindly by a committee of fellow educators. Funded projects are creative or innovative classroom projects designed to stimulate learning in students.

Awards for the third cycle of this school year include:

Joe Alberson, Selma Elementary School - Shape Town - $375.00

Jennifer Jessie, Saint Mary Elementary and Pope John Paul II Middle School - Career in Art - $402.44

Abigail Morrow, South View Elementary School - Bringing the Revolutionary War to Room 5 - $450.00

Nancy Muncey, Muncie Central High School - Picket Fence Planters  -$427.92

Melinda Sheffield,  Grissom Elementary School - Winter Wonderland Activities - $419.95

Rebecca Swander, Yorktown Middle School - Ecosystem with Scientific Method - $215.00

Jared Turner, Yorktown High School - Brain Anatomy Project - $297.40

Tammy Underwood, Muncie Central High School - See the Beauty Sophomore Service Project - $105.00

Bell Grants are funded through the Robert P. Bell Teacher Grants Fund at The Community Foundation. This fund ensures that teachers have access to grants to help engage their students in meaningful ways for years to come. Individuals can contribute to the endowment fund to memorialize a special teacher, honor a retiring teacher or teacher celebrating a work anniversary, or to show their support for K-12 education in Delaware County.

The fourth and final deadline for Bell Grants in the 2020-2021 school year is April 1, 2021. Applications are available online at For more information about Bell Grant applications and the Robert P. Bell Teacher Grants Fund, contact Carly Acree-King, Program Officer at Information is also available at