4 Corners A Publication of Lauderdale County Schools Volume V Issue 9 April 2018 LCSD RECEIVES STEM INITIATIVE GRANT May 7-11, 2018, is a special week in Lauderdale County School District. This is the week that we honor our teachers. Teacher Appreciation Week began in 1984, as the National PTA designated one week in May as a time to celebrate those who give their passion and skills to educating our children. I encourage each of you to take some time in the upcoming days and thank a teacher for their dedication to this profession. Teachers have an enormous inMluence in the lives of so many. “Thank You” does not even adequately express how much you have meant to me as superintendent. We are an outstanding district because of the difference you make. Randy Hodges, Superintendent National School Nurse Day is also May 9, 2018. Thank you for being an advocate for students! We recognize that your interventions and actions are a critical compo- nent to ensuring student learning. We appreciate all you do for our schools and dis- trict. Last week it was announced that Lauderdale County School District was one of thir- teen districts to be awarded a STEM Initiative Grant by MDE. This $120,000 grant is awarded to our four elementary schools ($30,000 per school) and will be used to provide additional technology, professional development, and instructional materi- als for STEM. Today it is more critical than ever for districts to look for outside fund- ing opportunities to move above and beyond the general curriculum. This grant will help us provide our youngest students with opportunities to learn about key- boarding, digital citizenship, coding, and robotics. Congratulations to our elemen- tary schools!