Teachers’ Union Gives Student-Focused Grants

Orange City, Iowa — An Iowa teachers’ union — the Iowa State Education Association (ISEA), has given out three $500 Community Outreach Grants to MOC-Floyd Valley Education Association members — a union representing teachers in the MOC/Floyd Valley School District.

ISEA officials tell us the union has established Community Outreach Grants to collaborate and create opportunities for community service or school projects. Grants are available to members of the ISEA.

They tell us that MOC-Floyd Valley educators “focus on supporting their students inside and outside the classroom.” The ISEA says the first grant helps students and families with a winter clothing drive for coats, hats, mittens, scarves, and other warm clothing during the cold winter months.

They say the second grant partners with area businesses and the hospital to help build emergency kits in each classroom. According to ISEA officials, “Understanding the need to be prepared, educators organized a committee to determine the best items to be included in an emergency kit. Area businesses and educators worked together to collect items, and the Consumer Sciences classes will pack and deliver the buckets.”

They tell us the third grant helps with the school’s Snack Pack Program, which delivers a sack of shelf-stable meal options and snacks each week for students in need. The snacks are left in lockers every Friday afternoon to help sustain students through the weekend.

ISEA President Mike Beranek says, “We are proud to support projects that aim to bring communities closer and help keep them safe, and we are excited to partner with MOC-Floyd Valley Education Association members in their projects.”



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