2 local teachers receive grants for educational programs


Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

Two western Kentucky educators are being recognized for their teaching programs.

The annual ING Unsung Heroes Awards Program awarded $2,000 each in grant money to Keri Dowdy and Ruth McClure. The women were two of only 100 award winners nationwide and the only two in Kentucky.

Dowdy is the principal of Hickman County Elementary School in Clinton. The grant money awarded to her will help fund a program called "Engineering Einsteins." The program engages nearly 50 fourth grade students in specific engineering-related tasks.

McClure is a special education teacher at Crittenden County Elementary School in Marion. Her grant money will help fund “My S.P.A.C.E.: Sensory Processing and Calming Environment.” The program involves a designated classroom that provides specially designed programs for students who need help developing certain skills.

Both educators will now compete for the top three spots in the nation. Earning one of those three spots could net an additional $5,000, $10,000 or $25,000 in grant money.