Cypress Park teacher receives book money
by Paisley Boston
Oct 01, 2013 | 1799 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Cypress Park Elementary School teacher Valerie Sanders recently received a $500 grant from the Retired Education Personnel of Mississippi.

According to DeVoyce Morris, REPM member, a grant is awarded each year to schools in Mississippi.

The grant can be utilized for various educational purposes. Sanders chose to use the funds to furnish books for the school's library.

"We were so thankful that Ms. Sanders applied for the grant and actually won. I feel that it is very important for students to read and have ample books in the library, so that students can practice reading. I think that it is important for teachers to seek out various types of funding, because so many programs, state and federal, have been cut," said Principal Angela Towers.

To receive the grant, a teacher must retrieve an application from and describe the project for which they are seeking funds.

They also must describe how the students will benefit from the project.

The Retired Education Personnel of Mississippi serves the interests of retired educators in the state. 

"As a retired educator, I understand the needs of teachers. Our organization was very pleased to award Ms. Sanders this grant," said Morris.

The organization was founded in 1967, and it serves its members by promoting the economic, social, and professional welfare of retirees.

"Activities are planned and executed with the good of members in mind," said Bonnie Littleton, president of the Bolivar County chapter.

According to Dr. Linda Norwood of Oxford, the organization supports legislation to protect and improve retirement benefits for educators. 

"We work with other groups to safeguard and enhance the interests of Retired Education Personnel of Mississippi members and provide helpful resources to retirees throughout the State," said Norwood.

For more information or to apply for a grant, please visit

The deadline for submission is Oct. 31. Teachers receiving the grants will be notified in late November.

All funds are to be spent in the spring semester.