Langley Awards 30 Teachers $500 Mini-Grants For Classroom Projects

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – (October 22, 2021) – Langley Federal Credit Union announces 30 $500 grants to local teachers for 2021-2022 classroom initiatives. Selected projects include a rocket-launching experiment, a butterfly garden, an Anime club, percussion instruments, a student-led picnic bench building project, and more.

Andrea Jones, a teacher at Blair Middle School in Norfolk, received a grant to establish a serenity space for students to relax and decompress, regulate their emotions, and aid in healing from trauma – all as an alternative to traditional discipline.

"The innovativeness of the project goes beyond what is normally taught in schools because it seeks to disrupt school policies that can lead to punishment, which impacts the community through the invisible fabric of our connectedness," said Jones. "We believe in building relationships with students and families, and taking a trauma-informed, equity-centered stance to meeting each students' needs."

In the 14th year awarding the mini-grants, Langley celebrates a total of $232,500 donated.

"Education is the foundation for our communities’ kids to succeed," said Foundation Director Laurel Ramey. "As a community advocate, it’s our role at Langley to support their important work to ensure bright futures."

A full listing of recipients and schools is included:

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First Name Last Name School School System
Natalia Alvarez Salem Middle Virginia Beach
Louchavel Brown Sanford Elementary Newport News
Marlana Chamblee Carver Elementary Newport News
Cindy Connell Gildersleve Middle Newport News
Apryl Deaton Crittenden Middle Newport News
Comalita Easley Suburban Park Elementary Norfolk
Kelli Forrest Grafton Bethel Elementary York County
Jessica Glosser Langley Elementary Hampton
Brianna Gomez Bettie Williams Elementary Virginia Beach
Debra Hicks Kilgore Gifted Middle Hampton
Andrea Jones Blair Middle Norfolk
Audrey Mosley St. Helena Elementary Norfolk
Carrie O'Hanlon Phoenix Elementary Hampton
Melanie Parker Lindsay Middle Hampton
Karen Pelkey Warwick High Newport News
Courtney Rich Heritage High Newport News
Travis Riddick Syms Middle Hampton
Jordan-Anne Smolko J Blayton Elementary Williamsburg James City County
Skeeter Sonnet Chesterfield Academy Norfolk
Tiona Staton Crittenden Middle Newport News
Rebecca Stauffer Coventry Elementary York County
Nancy Stinson St. Helena Elementary Norfolk
Meghan Stocks Blair Middle Norfolk
Tyler Swartz Landstown High Virginia Beach
Wendell Turner Grassfield High Chesapeake
Jennifer Walker Magruder Elementary York County
Charisse Warren Shelton Park Elementary Virginia Beach
Sarah Watson Hines Middle Newport News
Giselle Winston Bridgport Academy Hampton
Megan Worrell New Kent Elementary New Kent

Langley Federal Credit Union has a long history of community involvement and charitable giving dating back to the founding of the credit union in the 1930's. With a commitment to making a difference in the communities it serves, Langley for Families Foundation was launched in 2014 to support causes and charities benefiting children and families.

Langley Federal Credit Union is a federally-chartered credit union, regulated and insured by the National Credit Union Administration. Langley Federal Credit Union serves more than 300,000 members and has nearly $4 billion in assets, ranking the financial cooperative as one of the 100 largest credit unions in the country. Langley is a full-service financial institution where everyone can save, borrow, and spend wisely. Located in Hampton Roads, Langley has over 600 employees, 19 branches and more than 55,000 surcharge-free ATMs throughout the region. For more information, visit