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April 16, 2014

Claremont Elementary teacher named the winner of $2,500 classroom grant

CLAREMORE — Jennifer Hodges, a fifth grade teacher at Claremont Elementary, has been named winner of a $2,500 grant through the Farmers Insurance Thank A Million Teachers program. The national initiative invites citizens to offer thanks to teachers, past and present, who have made a difference in their lives.

As part of the program, Farmers Insurance invited teachers to submit proposals for their chance to win grants to fund their classroom. Farmers has committed to donating $1 million to help teachers and education programs acquire the supplies and equipment they request in their proposals.

Hodges was one of 30 teachers from across the U.S. to receive the grant. During March, the public voted on nearly 1,300 submitted proposals, and the top six vote-getters in five regions were selected as winners.

Hodges is a graduate of Claremore High School and Northeastern State University in Tahlequah. Her favorite subjects are math and science, and said she is blessed to be able to share her passion with her students.

“These winning teachers are outstanding examples of the type of creativity and dedication found in classrooms across America, and we congratulate our first group of winners,” said Randy Rice, national manager of education programs for Farmers Insurance. “We know these grants will have a major impact in schools throughout the country.”

Teachers can continue to submit proposals through the end of October as additional opportunities for grants will become available. For more information, visit thankamillionteachers.com.

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