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Pender Education Partnership Awards $8,000 in Mini-grants To Teachers

PENDER COUNTY – Pender Education Partnership, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit foundation, awarded 18 mini-grants to educators in Pender County Schools.

“Pender Education Partnership is dedicated to supporting our educators through teacher mini-grants,” said Tammie Parris, PEP director of the board president. “We are pleased to contribute $8,000 total to the district for this school year.”

Teacher mini-grants are awarded based on applications submitted to the PEP board. A selection committee reviews all applications.

“Mini-grants funds or partially funds enhanced programs that are not funded by the state,”explained Parris. “This year we approved a wide variety of mini-grants.”

Among a few of the mini-grants that will deliver additional educational opportunities to Pender County School students include the purchase of a ceramics kiln, a performance by the Tryon Fife and Drum Corp, STEM lab supplies, drones, Legos, books, a microscope, and science lab accessories.

“This support is made possible through the donations of PEP partners,” said Parris. “Anyone can become a PEP partner by donating $5 to $15,000. All monies raised go toward mini-grants and scholarships. All PEP foundation board members are volunteers.”

For more information about Pender Education Partnership, visit the website at


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