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KSES, PEFAMS win Cheatham Chamber grants

Kingston Springs Elementary School (KSES) and Pegram Elementary Fine Arts Magnet School (PEFAMS) have both won education grants from a fund of more than $12,000 donated by a collaborative effort between A.O. Smith and the Cheatham County Chamber of Commerce.


The Cheatham County School District was awarded nine grants through the Chamber of Commerce’s Foundation, with funding provided by A.O. Smith.


Cheatham County Chamber of Commerce Director Kelly Ellis presents a check to Director of Schools, Dr. Cathy Beck / Cheatham County School District Facebook

Entering into a competitive application process, teachers across the district submitted grant proposals in the fall - to fund projects not already funded through the regular school budget.


At KSES, Librarian Jennifer Crawford received $1,476 from the A.O. Smith School Grant for the 2023-2024 school year.


“The money from this grant will help me purchase books of various genres and grade levels for our book vending machine,” Crawford said. “This machine has not only created excitement among our students, but it has also promoted and increased student access to books of their choice.” 


She emphasized that students having a choice in what they read goes a long way in creating life-long readers and learners.  


“Funds received from this grant would help our school maintain this endeavor to foster a love of reading among our students for years to come by helping us purchase books for our book vending machine,” Crawford said.  


She added, “I am very grateful to A.O. Smith and the Cheatham County Chamber of Commerce for their generosity to our school. These funds will be a blessing to our students.” 


Additionally, PEFAMS’s Academic Specialist Sue Mullican received money from the A.O. Smith School Grant for the 2023-2024 school year.

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