Foundation recognized Markham, presents grants to faculty

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Mill Creek Cluster Education Foundation President Steve Agee presented Dr. Jim Markham with the MCCEF Partner in Education Award.

By KATIE JUSTICE, kjustice@clickthepaper.com

In the past six years, the Mill Creek Cluster Education Foundation, MCCEF, has given more than $100,000 in grants to supplement classroom instruction and enhance learning in its nine member schools.

This year’s grant recipients were announced at the third annual MCCEF Community Breakfast on Nov. 13.

The MCCEF serves Duncan Creek Elementary, Fort Daniel Elementary, Harmony Elementary, Ivy Creek Elementary, Patrick Elementary, Puckett’s Mill Elementary, Glenn C. Jones Middle School, Frank N. Osborne Middle School and Mill Creek High School.

Faculty from each of those schools are able to apply for grant money to support additional instructional costs. The MCCEF then evaluates grant application and chooses who receives grant money.

This year, four teachers from Mill Creek High School received grant money. For example, Beth Autrey, who teaches Food, Nutrition and Wellness and Food Science received more than $700 for “Enhancing the Food Science Classroom,” and Kevin Rodgers, who teaches mathematics, was allotted $1,250 for the “integration of the TI-Nspire Navigator system across the mathematics curriculum.”

The MCCEF depends upon donations and an annual fundraiser to raise grant money. A gala dinner and auction was held at Chateau Élan on Oct. 13 and raised more than $16,000.

Also honored at the breakfast, Dr. Jim Markham received the MCCEF Partner in Education Award.

“You, Dr. Markham, have brought this sense of accomplishment to our cluster with your strong leadership and promoting good school government and a positive learning environment, to this extent, we will always be grateful,” said MCCEF President Steve Agee, as he provided Markham with the award.

“I’ve met a lot of principals, I’ve worked with a lot of principals over the years and I’ve never met a principal that is any more student-centered than Jim Markham. Behind that rough image that he sometimes projects, there’s a heart of gold,” said Gwinnett Superintendent J. Alvin Wilbanks of Markham.