Three Montpelier Elementary School teachers each received a surprise $100 grant from the Live Like Mel Foundation at the school on Friday.
Tammy Lee, Caleb Wyse and Kacie Dickinson each received a $100 grants to be applied toward a project in their classroom, and each classroom earns an ice cream party this week to join in the celebration with their teacher, according to Cory Calvin, Live Like Mel Foundation co-founder and a 1997 Montpelier High School graduate.
The idea is “to continue inspiring the future leaders of our community,” said Calvin, who handed out the grants Friday with Abby Calvin, his sister and Live Like Mel Foundation co-founder.
The Calvins said the Live Like Mel Foundation is a non-profit organization that continues the legacy of their late mother, Melanie B. Sutter, a former Montpelier Schools educator, who passed away in February from glioblastoma brain cancer.
The purpose of The Live Like Mel Foundation is to support the field of education by recognizing and providing financial assistance to future and current educators and to support individuals and families impacted by glioblastoma by providing educational information and resources, said Cory Calvin.
The Live Like Mel Foundation will select one finalist this Friday at the end-of-school teachers’ luncheon, and that teacher will receive an additional $200 grant.
Cory Calvin said he and his late mother’s husband, Mike Sutter, will present the final grant winner at 11:30 a.m. at the school this Friday in front of all of their colleagues.
“Ironically, (we) did not realize until after the grant winners were selected that all three teachers were second grade teachers, which is the grade that my mom, Melanie Sutter, taught for most of her career. Maybe some divine intervention,” he said.
The Live Like Mel Educator Grants are not administered or supported financially by the Montpelier Exempted Village School District Board of Education.