How do elementary students in Mobile save a battleship? Schools for Our Ship (SOS) is a real-world learning experience about the USS Alabama Battleship, a National Historic Landmark and Alabama monument to veterans of WWII. Students and teachers at Dodge Elementary School have organized a campaign to raise awareness and funds to repair damage inflicted by Hurricane Katrina on the Battleship. Janet Leffard, the PACE gifted teacher, will also create traveling “footlockers” with lesson plans, replicas of WWII memorabilia and a Big Band DVD to enhance classroom lessons in other schools in Baldwin County.

Leffard is one of six teachers selected for the seventh-annual Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship. This scholarship offers an opportunity for teachers to enhance their teaching about Alabama/American History and citizenship and to encourage civic involvement by students in their community. The six teachers will be recognized at the Alabama Humanities awards luncheon reception on Monday, September 14.

The other scholarship recipients are Rebecca Campbell, a 4th-grade teacher at Uniontown Elementary School, Uniontown; Susie Criswell, a 3rd-5th grade teacher at Wrights Mill Road Elementary, Auburn; Melissa Elliott, a 5th-grade teacher at Lynn Fanning Elementary School, Meridianville; Fredna Grimmett, a 5th-grade teacher at Ogletree Elementary, Auburn; and Carol Murphree, a 6th-grade teacher at Russellville Middle School, Russellville.

The Jenice Riley Memorial Scholarship is privately funded and named for the late daughter of Bob and Patsy Riley as a means of honoring the memory of Miss Riley and her dedication to the teaching and nurturing of Alabama’s most important citizens, our young children. Please consider donating to the Jenice Riley Scholarship Fund.

Written by: Susan P.