Clemontene Rountree of Alice Deal Junior High School in the District of Columbia; Theresa Noonan of Gulf Breeze High School in Gulf Breeze, Fla.; Molly Howard of Wrens High School in Wrens, Ga.; Alice Yukiko Kotake of Mililani High School in Mililani, Hawaii; J. Michael Hovey of American Falls High School in American Falls, Idaho; Joyce Carey of Benjamin Franklin School in Glen Ellyn, Ill.; Mary Baker of RISE Learning Center in Indianapolis; Pamela Johnson of Carpenter Elementary School in Monticello, Iowa; Barbara Firestone of McCollom Elementary School in Wichita, Kan.; Barbara Hester of Ballard High School in Louisville, Ky.; Debbie Pace of Keithville Elementary/ Middle School in Keithville, La.; and Bill Nave of River Valley Alternative School in Turner, Me.
Anne Neidhardt of Broadneck Senior High School in Annapolis, Md.; Molly Murphy of Lincoln School in Brookline, Mass.; Cynthia Broad of Emma V. Lobbestael Elementary School in Mount Clemens, Mich.; James Ellingson of Probstfield Elementary School in Moorhead, Minn.; J.P. Luby of Holly Bluff Line School in Holly Bluff, Miss.; Molly Hankins of Palmer Junior High School in Independence, Mo.; Carolyn Baldwin of Emerson School in Bozeman, Mont.; Duane Obermier of Grand Island Senior High School in Grand Island, Neb.; John Snyder of Chaparral High School in Las Vegas, Nev.; Fred Gilliam of Sachem High SchoolNorth Campus in Lake Ronkonkoma, N.Y.; Barbara Prentiss of Smyth Road Elementary School in Manchester, N.H.; and Judith Crawford of Acequia Madre Elementary School in Santa Fe, N.M.
Nina Fue of Mary S. Shoemaker Elementary School in Woodstown, N.J.; John O'Connor of McKenzie School District 1 in Watford City, N.D.; Sandra Rogers of China Grove Elementary School in China Grove, N.C.; Ann Haley-Oliphant of Kings High School in Kings Mills, Ohio; R. Eugene Earsom of Moore High School in Moore, Okla.; Stuart Perlmeter of Springfield Middle School in Springfield, Ore.; Howard Selekman of Dorseyville Junior High School in Pittsburgh; Leonard DeAngelis of Middletown High School in Middletown, R.I.; Carole Kasen of Pinedale Elementary School in Rapid City, S.D.; Maria McAlister Pyles of Greenwood High School in Greenwood, S.C.; Geraldine Hawes of Cleveland High School in Cleveland, Tenn.; and Mercedes Bonner of Hodges Bend Middle School in Houston.
Marilyn Grondel of Farr West Elementary School in Ogden, Utah; David Ely of Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, Vt.; Gloria Anderson of Sontag Elementary School in Rocky Mount, Va.; Richard Feutz of Meridian Junior High School in Kent, Wash.; Jolanda Cannon of Wiley Ford Primary School in Wiley Ford, W.Va.; Lee Schmitt of Beaver Dam Junior High School in Beaver Dam, Wis.; and Roderick Laird of Saratoga Middle School in Saratoga, Wyo.
The Gannett Foundation recently awarded $2.5 million in "community priorities'' grants targeting AIDS, homelessness, and education. The awards include:
$86,000 to Kansas City (Mo.) Friends of Alvin Ailey, to support AileyCamp, a summer dance and creative-writing program for middle school students at risk of academic failure.
$100,000 to the Pine Belt Boys and Girls Club of Hattiesburg, Miss., for the renovation and operation of a youth club that provides recreational and educational services for lowincome youths not served by other programs.
$25,000 to the YWCA of Utica, N.Y., to support CAUTION, a coalition of 65 diverse community institutions that promote education to prevent teenage pregnancy.
The National Endowment for the Humanities has bestowed a number of grants to promote the advancement of education. The awards include:
$20,507 to the Cambridge (Mass.) Public Schools to support a project by 15 Cambridge teachers on ancient Chinese culture.
$152,104 to the Portland-Falmouth (Me.) School District to support a three-week institute on seminal humanities texts for 50 teachers and administrators.
$20,565 to Great Neck (N.Y.) North High School to support a project for 10 local teachers on the recurrence of biblical and classical themes and motifs in later Western literary classics.
$57,600 to the South Orange and Maplewood School District of Maplewood, N.J., to support a two-year collaborative project on contemporary poetry for 12 high school English teachers.
The Faye McBeath Foundation recently awarded grants to two Wisconsin institutions for the advancement of education. The Greater Milwaukee Education Trust received $30,000 to support a study of space needs in the Milwaukee Public Schools, and the Medical College of Wisconsin received $45,000 to support its summer fellowship programs for high school science teachers.
The Joyce Foundation has provided several grants for education reform and parental involvement in schools, including:
$40,000 to Columbia University's Teachers College for the "Institute on Education and the Economy'' and subsequent publications on reforming the educational system to meet the needs of an expanding economy.
$20,000 to the Cleveland School Budget Coalition to promote parental involvement in the public schools.
$50,000 to Ada S. McKinley Community Services of Chicago to support a program that would link higher education institutions with public schools in order to promote curricular and counseling improvements.
$10,000 to the South-East Asia Center of Chicago to establish a resource center that will promote Southeast Asian parental involvement in school reform.
$90,000 to Designs for Change of Chicago for the Chicago Schoolwatch project, which focuses on promoting appropriate implementation of Chicago school-reform law.
The National Catholic Educational Association's department of elementary schools has announced recipients of the annual Miriam Joseph Farrell Award for Distinguished Teaching. The winning teachers and principals were honored at the NCEA annual convention, held last month in Toronto. This year's distinguished teachers include:
Pauline Banks of Blessed Sacrament School in Fort Mitchell, Ky., Diocese of Covington; Vivian Borland of St. Cecilia School in Tustin, Calif., Diocese of Orange; Sister Mary Bzdon of St. Anne School in Dixon, Ill., Diocese of Rockford; Barbara Dettlaff of St. Joseph School in Chehalis, Wash., Archdiocese of Seattle; Carolyn Gardiner of St. Timothy School in Columbus, Ohio, Diocese of Columbus; Susan Guss of St. Cecelia Interparochial School in Clearwater, Fla., Diocese of St. Petersburg; and Mary Langer of Holy Name School in Topeka, Kan., Archdiocese of Kansas City.
Sister Mary Metro of St. Francis Xavier School in Buffalo, Minn., Archdiocese of St. Paul; Lawrence Poitras of Woonsocket Regional School in Woonsocket, R.I., Diocese of Providence; Maria Schuerman of Our Lady of Mount Carmel School in El Paso, Tex., Diocese of El Paso; Elizabeth Snell of St. Nicholas School in Brooklyn, N.Y., Diocese of Brooklyn; and Marie Zebraski of Mother of Divine Providence School in King of Prussia, Pa., Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Elementary school principal honorees include: Michael Brehm of St. Joseph School in Aurora, Ill., Diocese of Rockford; Sister Roberta Brich of St. Joseph School in Neola, Iowa, Diocese of Des Moines; Sylvia Gaffney of Immaculate Heart of Mary School in New Orleans, Archdiocese of New Orleans; Denise Kerr of St. John Chrysostom School in Wallingford, Pa., Archdiocese of Philadelphia; Sister Joanne McCauley of St. Luke School in Seattle, Archdiocese of Seattle; Sister Patricia Meyer of St. Mary School in Clyde, Ohio, Diocese of Toledo; William Pahl of St. Mary School in Fredericksburg, Tex., Archdiocese of San Antonio; Dennis Poyant of St. Mary School in New Bedford, Mass., Diocese of Fall River; Sister Mary Riseling of St. Mary Magdalen School in Altamonte Springs, Fla., Diocese of Orlando; Sister Suzanne Slominski of Holy Family School in Sauk Centre, Minn., Diocese of St. Cloud; and Sister Mary Suplee of Sts. Joachim and Anne School in Queens Village, N.Y., Diocese of Brooklyn.
The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, through its Program For Homeless Families, seeks to support New York City families moving out of emergency shelters and hotels into permanent housing. The foundation's efforts focus primarily on Central Harlem and the South Bronx. Two of the grants the foundation has provided to social service and community organizations are:
$25,000 to New York City's Community School District 8 to conduct a parentinvolvement program at Public School 62 that will help the increasing number of children who are, or have recently been, homeless. Parents will participate in courses on parenting skills, English as a second language, and preparing for high school equivalency certification.
$49,320 to Settlement Housing Fund Inc., a nonprofit housing organization, to meet the educational needs of relocated children. The grant will help support the development of two after-school programs, one for five- and six-year-olds and another for early adolescents. SHF will also give parents the opportunity to become involved at their children's school.