ALPHARETTA, Ga — Mr. Rippy’s Cogburn Woods Elementary school fifth grade class was recently selected to receive a $1,000 donation from the College Football Playoff Foundation and Atlanta Football Host Committee. This was a part of the College Football Playoff Foundation’s extra yard for teacher’s week.
The grant money comes as a result of Mr. Rippy submitting a science, technology, engineering and math project proposal to DonorsChoose.org. The classroom will receive hands-on learning tools in the areas of math and science.
“I am honored my STEM project was chosen for this grant,” said Thomas Rippy, fifth grade teacher at Cogburn Woods Elementary School. “Exposing students to science and math through interactive tools at an early age will help prepare them for higher learning and future careers.”
Representatives from the Atlanta Football Host Committee provided a special presentation in Mr. Rippy’s classroom to make the surprise announcement to the students. A teacher’s lounge with “Thank You Teacher” treats and giveaways were also setup at the school for all faculty and staff to enjoy.
“Teachers end up spending out-of-pocket money on supplies and extra learning tools for their classroom,” said Lisa Garosi, principal at Cogburn Woods Elementary School. “We are grateful to the College Football Playoff Foundation and Atlanta Football Host Committee for the donation, which will enable us to purchase additional math and science tools that will inspire our students.”
Mr. Rippy was one of only four classrooms in metro Atlanta selected for this particular grant during extra yard for teacher’s week.