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When the opportunity to create more innovative, hands-on learning for the students of Bossier Parish, scores of teachers jumped at the chance as they submitted some stellar ideas on how to better the experience for their students.

That opportunity came from grants provided by the Biedenharn Foundation in memory of the late Sydney Biedenharn of Benton, who was an educator at heart, businesswoman, philanthropist and lifelong learner.

Educators were given the opportunity to submit grant proposals for school and classroom projects that would enhance the learning experience for their students. Altogether, 23 projects were funded to the tune of $60,000. That brings the total investment in Bossier Schools to $275,000 since the inception of the Sydney Biedenharn Educators Endowment seven years ago.

A virtual ceremony with a Mardi Gras flair was held to recognize the winners of the 7th Annual Sydney Biedenharn Educators Endowment.

Those winners were as follows:

Elementary: Rachel Burks, Plantation Park; Dawn Fausto, Meadowview; Britney Hutchison and Shelly Moore, Plantation Park; Karen Meadows, Apollo; Reannon Moseley, Benton; Tosha Neill and Stephanie White, Benton; LeaAnne Nelson, Curtis; Calley Schneider, Central Park; and Patricia Shirer and Stephanie Schroeder, Waller.

Middle School: Jennifer Young, Benton Intermediate; Erica Barrett, Elm Grove; Donna Harris, Cope; Johnathon Martin, Cope; and Ray Smith and Tiffany Bruton, Cope.

High School: Angie Bellotte, Airline; David Brown, Haughton; Michelle Doolittle, Bossier; Ashley Hall, Bossier; Shelton Meacham, Parkway; Elena Patronis, Airline; Aimee Shelton, Bossier; James Snyder, Parkway; and Michaela Meredith, Haughton.

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