J.P. Stevens teacher awarded educational grant


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EDISON — A $2,500 grant will help further students’ understanding of “making greener choices” and learn the value of maintaining, marketing and budgeting the John P. Stevens High School greenhouse and farm stand.

Students in the registered Eco School’s Multiply Disabled program will assist with operating the farm stand that will feature produce and products from the greenhouse.

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J.P. Stevens teacher Marissa Freeman, who oversees the Eco School’s Multiply Disabled program, was among 60 teachers nationwide awarded $2,500 educational grants from Farmers Insurance through the company’s Thank America’s Teachers Program.

Edward Van Eckert, local Farmers Insurance agent, said teachers across the country are so passionate about what they do and they are committed to improving their schools in any way they can.

Freeman is in the first group of 60 winners to receive a $2,500 educational grant through the Thank America’s Teachers Program in 2017.

Through the Thank America’s Teachers, Farmers Insurance will give away more than $1 million to educators in 2017 and the public helps determine who receives the grants at www.ThankAmericasTeachers.com.

Farmers awards 180 grants valued at $2,500 throughout the year, in addition to the five $100,000 Dream Big Teacher Challenge grants, awarded at the end of this year. Farmers is now accepting $100,000 and $2,500 proposals for the 2017 contest.

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