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Freeman of Sellers-Sexton presents Project Teach Awards, generously donates extra $400 to benefit Piney Ridge students

Mike Freeman of Sellers-Sexton Ford Lincoln Mazda presented Project Teach Awards via video to the Teachers of the Quarter on May 18 at the Waynesville R-VI Board of Education meeting. 

The third and fourth quarter awards went to Denise Holtzscher, a music teacher at Freedom Elementary, for her project, “Making Music Tangible” and to Amber York-Barber, a teacher at Piney Ridge, for her project, “Piney Ridge School Store.”

The Project Teach Award includes a $100 stipend from the dealership. 

Holtzscher’s project will allow her second and third grade students to use Noteblock, which helps teach notes and other musical symbols, and BoomWhackers, musical tubes that produce different pitches. 

Piney Ridge students will earn “money” to use at the store from their teachers, based on school performance, attendance, acts of kindness and overall behavior. Students will be able to “purchase” items such as socks, coloring books, stress balls, wireless notebooks, small snacks, etc. Middle school students will stock the store, establish “prices,” practice customer service and complete sales. 

Through the grant process, Freeman learned that the store was being stocked by staff donations and so Freeman announced that Sellers-Sexton would give an extra $400 to help establish the Piney Ridge School store. 

May 29, 2020

Mike Freeman