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Biloxi Teacher Wins Leo Seal Grant

Hancock Whitney and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation recently recognized 12 outstanding South Mississippi educators for creative excellence as winners of the Leo W. Seal Innovative Teacher Grants. Congratulations to Popp's Ferry 1st Grade Teacher Chelsea Fortenberry for receiving this outstanding honor! 

Ms. Fortenberry's project will bring like to books.  "We are going to take settings from our reading series and bring them to life. We will focus on space, the ocean, and the jungle. The students will also learn about these different settings/habitats through reading and research and become part of the exhibit during student walk throughs. They will provide details and facts about the setting," Ms. Fortenberry explained.  

Funded by Hancock Whitney, the Leo W. Seal Innovative Teacher Grants recognize outstanding educators with grants that help pay for creative and innovative projects that complement curriculums and bring subjects to life for their students. This is the 23rd year that the bank, in partnership with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, has honored teachers with Seal awards. Each winner received a grant of up to $2000 and a crystal award recognizing their achievement.

We are proud of you Ms. Fortenberry! 

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