Empowering educators


JS teacher receives PPL grant for coding kits

A few days each week, third graders arrive early to experiment and work on STEM items at Jersey Shore Elementary. Teacher Diane Mantek received a PPL Foundation $1,000 Empowering Educators grant to purchase three new iPads and Osmo coding kits. Shown here from left, are students Gabe Welshans and Ezra Paulhamus with Mantek learning basic coding skills by navigating a character through a maze. The students use teamwork and creativity to solve problems using the IPads. “My students come early before school starts so they have time to play with kits,” said Diane. Diane purchased some of the items with her own money or received them as Christmas presents. “Diane is an exceptional educator. Her use of these funds is an ideal example of how PPL wants to inspire educators to challenge students outside of the traditional classroom experience to learn more about science, math and technology,” says Tracie Witter, regional affairs director at PPL Electric Utilities.