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CES teacher named 'unsung hero'

$2,000 in grant money to fund RED program

Posted: November 5, 2010 2:22 p.m.
Updated: November 8, 2010 5:00 a.m.

Camden Elementary School third grade teacher Trudy Ranges knows the importance of reading for students to be successful. Because of her work to develop the Read Every Day (RED) program at her school, ING has named her as one of 100 “unsung heroes” and awarded $2,000 to the school’s reading program.

More than 200 CESCA students in kindergarten through 4th grade will benefit from the program aimed at improving student learning and reading. More experienced readers also gain leadership skills by mentoring younger students.

“Trudy Ranges always goes the extra mile for our students and she feels passionate about the literacy component at Camden Elementary School,” said Camden Elementary School Principal Ed Yount. “I applaud her grant writing efforts.  RED is an initiative that Mrs. Ranges has been instrumental in developing because of her vast knowledge in the area of literacy.”

The new RED program will complement the school’s guided reading efforts that foster comprehension skills and strategies. The grant will help the school to replenish classroom libraries, provide workshops for students and develop a program where high school students can mentor Camden Elementary students.

“Educators are one of our most valuable resources and yet their hard work and efforts often times go unnoticed,” said Brian Comer, president, Public Markets, ING US Retirement Services. “We hope the additional grant funds Trudy Ranges was awarded through the ING Unsung Heroes program will help to sustain her program.”

For the past 14 years, the ING Unsung Heroes awards program has recognized kindergarten through 12th grade educators with more than $3.5 million.  The 2010 ING Unsung Heroes winners were selected from more than 1,600 applicants.

Ranges will now compete with other winners for one of three top prizes -- an additional $5,000, $10,000 or $25,000.

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