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Grant Recipients


Spring 2017 Grant Recipients - 

Fall 2016 Grant Recipients - Total grants $11,259.59

Spring 2016 Grant Recipients  - Total grants $8,981




Foundation LogoThe Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education is now accepting applications for its Spring 2018 Innovation Grants.  The deadline to apply is Friday, January 12, at 4:00 p.m.  The Foundation will award more than $10,000 in mini-grants on Thursday, Feb. 8, to faculty who seek to provide innovative learning opportunities to Bulloch County Schools' students. An application is available online at www.bullochschools.org/foundation.




Turkety Trot 5K LogoThe 10th Annual Turkey Trot 5K is Saturday, November 18 through beautiful downtown Statesboro. You can register online now at Active.com! For registration forms and sponsorship details, visit www.bullochschools.org/foundation.


The event is fun for competitive runners and the whole family. Form your own team of friends, teammates, coworkers, or neighbors, get active as a family or be a party of one, either way, it's fun for any fitness level. Warm up on the Courthouse Square, enjoy the scenic route through downtown Statesboro and its vibrant fall colors and end your trek at the Main Street Farmers Market, the Averitt Center for the Arts' Main Gallery or fuel up at one of our local restaurants.

Registration is $20 for students with a valid i.d. and $20 for members of teams of five or more. Individual registration is $25 prior to Nov. 4, and $30 thereafter.


Race day registration and packet pick up begins at 8 a.m., a mascot race and kids 1K fun run follows at 8:30. The 5K Turkey Trot begins at 9:00. Awards will be presented immediately following the race. See you Nov. 18.


All proceeds help the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education fund innovation grants for Bulloch County Schools' teachers, provide REACH Georgia Scholarships to deserving youth, and provide an annual grant of $1,000 to the school system's Teacher of the Year.



Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education logoThe first day of school is August 1, and the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education is ready to help fund Fall 2017 Innovation Grants for teachers.  The window for teachers, media specialists and counselors to submit applications is July 27 - Sept. 8, at 4:00 p.m. An application packet is available on the Foundation's website, and an application was emailed to faculty.


The Foundation will award up to 20 grants to faculty, 10 in the fall and 10 in the spring in values up to $1,000. These grants help fund learning opportunities for students. 


Since its creation in 2006, the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education has funded nearly 200 innovative projects for teachers with grants totaling more than $190,000.  The Foundation provides a way for individuals, businesses,industry and civic organizations to invest in local public education.


The Foundation also funds the district's REACH Georgia Scholarship Program and the Bulloch County Teacher of the Year program.  The Statesboro Turkey Trot 5K and the school district's Pay for Jeans Fridays are the Foundation's major fundraising events.  This year's Turkey Trot 5K is Saturday, November 18, in downtown Statesboro. 


Susan ReaganThe Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education is honored to present a $1,000 grant each year to Bulloch County Schools' Teacher of the Year.  For the 2016-17 school year, the district teacher of the year was Susan Reagan of Mill Creek Elementary School. This is her story.


My name is Susan Reagan, and I am a reading teacher for kindergarten through fifth-grade students at Mill Creek Elementary School, where I have served for three years. I have helped support the language arts, reading and math skills of children in Bulloch County Schools for 23 years, particularly at Statesboro High, William James Middle and Nevils Elementary.  


I received my bachelor’s and master’s degrees in literature and composition from Chapman University and the University of Virginia. I also obtained my specialist’s degree in learning disabilities and assessment from the University of Georgia.


I began teaching because I wanted to impart my love of learning to others. I know that I have granted the gift of literacy to many children. Those children can now read a test to earn a driver’s license, they can read a ballot to vote, in time they will read notes that come home to them as parents, and they will read to their own children at night.  “Literacy is the foundation of a free life,” Frederick Douglass wrote. “Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.” I know that my students are stronger, more capable because they can read. They are free. That is what influences me to strive daily to be the best reading teacher.


One of my proudest moments as a teacher comes from a student I taught at Nevils Elementary. He came to me without the ability to read. After my first week of teaching I received a call from a parent. Anxiety swirled in my stomach. What could I have done? Come to find out she was ecstatic. She told me all about how her son climbed down from the bus with a paper in his hand exclaiming, “Mama, Mama!!! I can READ!” It is moments like this, which push me to become the best teacher I can be.


Since those early days of teaching students with disabilities, I have learned a tremendous amount in my field. Every year I feel a greater sense of accomplishment with my students.


Teaching can be grueling. There are many factors beyond our control. But then, there’s my classroom. My students enter my room, we close the door, and each day we inch toward a changed world.  In every regard, we as human beings are constantly growing.  I encourage everyone, in every field to do their best. Our future depends upon it.


2015-10-15 17.54.33.jpgBulloch County Schools named its 2017 Bulloch County Teacher of the Year on Thursday, Oct. 15, at a reveal reception from 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., at the school district's central office. The Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education was on hand to present the winner, Liz Driggers of Statesboro High School, with a check for $1000.


Driggers was one of 15 candidates selected by school-level faculty.  She will represent Bulloch County Schools in the 2017 Georgia Teacher of the Year competition in Atlanta in May 2016, and possibly advance to represent our state in the National Teacher of the Year competition in January 2017. This is why the title features the year 2017, as it denotes the national competition for which the county winner is eligible.


In the past seven years, four of Bulloch County Schools’ teachers of the year have been named top-ten finalists in the Georgia TOTY competition. One of those finalists, Jemelleh Coes from Langston Chapel Middle School, went on to become the 2014 Georgia Teacher of the Year.


Coes was the second teacher from Bulloch County Schools to earn this distinction.  Julie Lanier, a teacher at the Marvin Pittman Lab School (now closed), was the 1985 Georgia Teacher of the Year.


Judges for this year's competition were representatives from Georgia Southern University's College of Education, the Bulloch County Foundation for Public Education, the Bulloch County Retired Educators Association, and the Bulloch County Board of Education. 


These were the nominees for the 2017 Bulloch County Teacher of the Year: Krista Branch – Brooklet Elementary; Melissa Bazemore, Julia P. Bryant Elementary; Amanda Prather, Langston Chapel Elementary; Travis Brooks, Langston Chapel Middle;Rachel Pritchard, Mattie Lively Elementary; Ashley Joyner, Mill Creek Elementary; Bob Massee, Nevils Elementary; Tosha Johnson, Portal Elementary; Shannon Hattaway, Portal Middle High; David Brown, Sallie Zetterower Elementary; Shannon Robertson, Southeast Bulloch Middle; Ansley Burke, Southeast Bulloch High; Liz Driggers, Statesboro High; Jenny Hendrix, Stilson Elementary; Autumn Horton, William James Middle.


Board of Trustees

Tara Mincey, Chairman

Georgia Power Company


Ann Cromley, Treasurer

Ann Cromley, CPA


Jaclyn P. Cason

Frontier Communications


Christina L. Young

Dabbs, Hickman, Hill & Cannon, LLP


Donna Martin

BMC Preschool Director (retired)


Mike Herndon

Statesboro Agency, Inc.


Angela Rosengart

Ogeechee Technical College


Priscilla Clifton

School Principal (retired)


Beth Freeman

Morris Publishing Group


Gwen Lane

Retired Educator


David Hoyle

Photographer/Business Owner


Josh Aubrey

Statesboro Herald