Cutline: Dr. Al Moore, right, along with the Education Foundation Prize Posse, surprised Brandy Rood and Ricjuane Jenkins with one of the four Dr. Al Moore Grant for the Fine Arts awarded this year. They wrote a grant for a 24-Hour Theater Project at Humble High School. During Prize Posse Day May 8, four teachers were awarded a Dr. Al Moore Grant for the Fine Arts. Lynn Bennett, teacher at Hidden Hollow Elementary was awarded $779.25 for her grant titled, "Journey to Mexico." With this funding, "students on two campuses will be exposed to the people, culture, and traditions of Mexico. They will experience Mexico's rich history through different types of media, such as art, technology, and written projects. Our fourth graders will create art projects in drawing, painting, and sculpture, and will then exchange artwork with another fourth-grade class in Mexico," said Bennett. Humble High School teacher, Brandy Rood, was awarded $1500 for her "24 Hour Theater" Project that will allow a group of students to write an original one-act play, design, build, direct, and act in the play all within a 24-hour period. Janice McCorkle at Riverwood Middle School was awarded $475 for a project she calls "Journaling through Art." Riverwood students will advance their craftsmanship and creativity as they learn to create paper and books in the time honored tradition of fine handmade papermaking and bookbinding. At Park Lakes Elementary, Kim Hancock will use her $675 awarded by the prize posse, to start an After-school Theater Group. Every six weeks, 15 students will work on a different production. Instead of going home to an empty house after school, they will all work cooperatively as they learn the basics of theater. "Theater will help them increase their reading skills, teach them reliability and trust, and boost their self esteem," said Hancock. For more information on the Humble ISD Education Foundation, the Dr. Al Moore Grant for the Fine Arts, or to read about all of the Innovative Education Grants awarded this year, visit

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