BULLHEAD CITY, Ariz.  Educators in the Mohave Electric Cooperative service area established a record with the number of $200 Classroom Grants applications.

Fifty applications were received for 18 available grants, and the quality of the submissions was strong.

“Teachers throughout the MEC service area turned in many good project ideas,” said Terry Puryear, public affairs and communications coordinator at MEC. “I can tell you it wasn’t easy, but we only had 18 grants to award.”

Educators from 15 different schools participated in the process, including those in Topock, Mohave Valley, Fort Mojave, and Bullhead City.

“Having the ability to provide some financial relief to our teachers at no cost to our members is great,” Puryear said. “There are many dedicated teachers on shoe-string budgets who have to dig into their own wallets to get what they deem necessary to educate students.”

Of the 15 schools represented during the process, educators from 10 of those 15 received at least one grant.

Winners are: Amber Gaudry, Young Scholar’s Academy; Arlene Nicolas, Mohave High School; Brittany McLaughlin, Young Scholar’s; Christine Van Dyn Hoven, Mohave Accelerated Learning Schools; Dorothy Rape, Mohave High; Ivan Brown, Mohave High; Janae Gold, Montessori Academy; Jessica Topol, Desert Star Academy; Jodie Bucci, Desert Valley Elementary; Kirk Gebicke, River Valley High School; Melinda Robbins, Camp Mohave Elementary; Michelle Sharpe, Bullhead City Middle School; Mike Jackson, River Valley; Pamela Walker, Desert Valley; Shannon Rockwood, MALC; Sonyia Roy, Desert Valley; Stephen Alvarez, Sunrise Elementary, and; Wendy Hardy, Desert Valley.

Checks and certificates will be awarded at an April 5 luncheon.