TRUMANSBURG, N.Y.—Two Trumansburg teachers have been chosen as a pair of the 40 winners statewide of State Farm Teachers Assist Grants, which aim to help educators use small funding to bring specially organized projects to life in the classroom.

The two teachers are Michael Naylor, of Trumansburg Elementary School, and Adam Walsh, of Charles O. Dickerson High School. Both will receive $2,500 to implement their respective projects, part of the $100,000 total that State Farm is distributing.

Naylor’s projects entails creating a student media club at the school, which will teach third and fourth graders how to create, produce and distribute media. The finished products will then be shared with the public and fellow students. Money from the project will be directed towards purchasing cameras, green screens, microphones and tripods, among other things, according to the grant announcement.

Meanwhile, Walsh will be attempting to “facilitate meaningful conversations about diversity and equity in his district.” His project will also have a media component, as he intends to use the funding to purchase two video cameras. One of the cameras, according to the announcement, will stay in Walsh’s high school classroom, while another will be sent to a school elsewhere with a “different socio-economic demographic,” ostensibly one in a large city.

“The students will interact, creating diverse dialogues,” said the grant announcement. “Adam will also purchase books that foster principles of inclusivity and understanding.”

“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.”

Matt Butler

Matt Butler is the Education & Public Health Reporter at the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached by email at mbutler@ithacavoice.com