On Monday, April 12, Crockett County Middle School (CCMS) was presented with a $4,000 Utrust mini grant.
The grant was made in honor of Jasper Taylor, Crockett County School Board Chairman, who has been a trustee on the Utrust board since 2005. The Trustee Choice grant provides for Taylor to choose a project that he wishes to fund. He chose to use the grant to fund implementation of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program at CCMS.
Crockett County School Superintendent Phillip Pratt said, “We are grateful to Utrust and especially to Jasper Taylor for providing these funds to implement a STEM program in the middle school. STEM will offer our students new educational benefits. It is a teaching philosophy that integrates all four disciplines together into a single, cross-disciplinary program tat offers our students instruction in real-world, as opposed to purely academic applications and teaching methods.”
Taylor said, “I’m pleased to be in a position to help with this project. It does my heart good to help our schools be better places for children to learn. That’s why I’m on the school board and why I am serving on the Utrust Board of Trustees. They do so many things to help the schools and the students they serve. I appreciate them giving me the opportunity to make this grant.”
Utrust Administrator Dr. Dan Tollett said, “Jasper Taylor has been a tremendous member of the Utrust board for 16 years. He is one of two West Tennessee representatives that serve on the Utrust board. He is an extremely thoughtful member who has helped to implement and oversee a number of excellent programs, including the mini-grant program which has provided millions of dollars to Tennessee schools including a million dollars each year for the last four years. We are delighted to fund this mini grant as a token of our appreciation to him.”
Utrust is an organization that assists school systems in Tennessee with unemployment issues and in recognizing, supporting and appreciating school employees. It sponsors the Utrust Appreciation Program, a student leadership program that seeks to help students recognize and express appreciation to people who make their lives better each day.