PASR awards grants for education

Courtesy photo Taking part in the Blair County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Assoication of School Retirees’ awarding of grants are (from left): Matthew Stinson, principal at Pleasant Valley Elementary School; Tiffani Condrin, grant recipient; Elizabeth Happeny, Blair County Chapter educational support chair; Olivia Grugan, grant recipient; and Thomas Yoder, principal at Tyrone Area High School.

DUNCANSVILLE — The Blair County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees awarded $250 grants for education on March 5 at Marzoni’s Brick Oven & Brewery.

Grants were presented to two area teachers who submitted creative ideas for implementation in their classrooms.

The winning teachers were Olivia Grugan, a social studies and Spanish teacher at Tyrone Area High School, and Tiffani Condrin, a fifth-grade teacher at Pleasant Valley Elementary School, Altoona.

Grugan will use her grant money to enable her dual enrollment psychology students to explore a specific idea related to abnormal psychology, mental health and illness and prepare a presentation which will be made to various high school classes at Tyrone Area High School.

Condrin plans to use her grant money to purchase flexible seating which allows movement while students read, specifically those students with learning disabilities or dyslexia.

The Blair County Chapter of PASR presents two educational grants each year, as well as awards to an outstanding Blair County teacher and a support staff member.

The organization meets at 11:15 a.m. on the first Tuesday of every month at Marzoni’s in Duncansville.

For more information, contact President Mary Jane Hammers at 942-4238.

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