Westland Teacher Wins $2,500 Grant for Innovative Project

Carl Lowe, a teacher at Adams Middle School has been selected to receive $2,500 to implement his creative idea in the classroom, a database inquiry project.

Teachers in Michigan were asked to share their innovative teaching ideas for an opportunity to be selected for a State Farm ® Teacher Assist grant. In less than 44 hours, teachers across Michigan submitted over 200 submissions for the program, demonstrating the need in the state for support. Out of the 200 submissions, 40 were selected.

Lowe has created a project that teaches students about American history, and helps them to become lifelong learners. “I will use the funds to invest in materials for students to be able to participate in a series of DataBase Inquiry activities.,” said Carl. He added that “There are several reusable material and tools that I would purchase to use in conjunction with primary and secondary sources. One project we are planning is to use data to ask questions to make connections that will transition their learning into 21st century thinkers.”

Each year, State Farm celebrates rewards, and inspires teachers to come up with innovative ideas in the classroom. This year, $100,000 was awarded to teachers in Michigan. “As a company, we have a long history of working with teachers, educators, and students across the country. We are heartened by the immense response received from teachers sharing their solutions to overcoming challenges,” said Annette Martinez, State Farm Senior Vice President. “Congratulations to the winners. We are proud to support you and help you reach your goals!”