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Westheimer Family Foundation Announces Gift
To Support Grants for Carter County Teachers

The Jerome Westheimer Family Foundation of Ardmore and the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence announced Tuesday that the Westheimer Foundation has donated $105,000 to provide Teacher Grants for Professional Development to Carter County teachers to be awarded over the next three years. Participating in the special announcement are (front row, from left) Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence representatives Emily Stratton, executive director; Les Risser, president; and Ardmore trustees Bridger Cox and Chris O’Donnell, also a Westheimer Foundation board member. School superintendents participating include (second row, from left Sherry Howe, Dickson; Cynthia Hunter, Springer; Sonny Bates, Ardmore; and Eric Smith, Wilson. Others participating (back row, from left) are Brian Nickel, principal, Plainview High School; Bruzzy Westheimer, president and CEO, Westheimer Family Foundation; Karl Stricker, superintendent, Plainview; Todd Garrison, superintendent, Lone Grove; and Cliff Benson, elementary principal, Wilson.

September 11, 2013
OKLAHOMA CITY – The Westheimer Family Foundation of Ardmore has announced a gift of $105,000 to the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence to support Teacher Grants for Professional Development to benefit Carter County teachers over the next three years.

The gift was announced Tuesday, Sept. 10, at a gathering of Carter County school administrators and officials from the Westheimer Family Foundation and the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, a statewide nonprofit that recognizes and encourages academic excellence in Oklahoma’s public schools.

“At a time when school budgets are stretched to their limits and funding for professional development is scarce, we are grateful to the Westheimer Family Foundation for its commitment to quality instruction and providing teachers in their community with the best possibly training to benefit their students,” said Les Risser, president of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence.

The grants, which will be administered by the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, cover registration, travel and lodging expenses for teachers to attend national and international conferences in their teaching disciplines. More than 60 teachers are expected to benefit from the gift. A list of suggested conferences and grant applications will be online at www.ofe.org beginning Nov. 1. The deadline for applications is Monday, Dec. 16.

Since 2003, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence has awarded more than $613,000 in professional development grants to benefit 445 Oklahoma teachers. Program funding has been made possible by sponsorships from individuals, businesses and foundations across the state, including past support from the Community Foundation of Ardmore.

“Providing quality professional development opportunities to Oklahoma’s teachers is critical to the success of Oklahoma’s students,” said Emily Stratton, executive director of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence. “We are grateful to the Westheimer Family Foundation for their generous support of this program.”
For more information Teacher Grants for Professional Development, visit www.ofe.org or contact Emily Stratton at (405) 236-0006.