Heather Began Memorial Education Fund awards inaugural grants in 2020

(Pictured above) Jarielle Cameron (left), first grade teacher at Altamont Grade School, accepts her grant from the
Heather Began Memorial Education Fund from Doug Hill (right), Altamont Grade School principal

The Community Foundation is pleased to announce that the Heather Began Memorial Education Fund awarded two grants in 2020.

Jarielle Cameron, a first grade teacher at Altamont Grade School (Altamont, IL), received $500 to purchase hands-on learning activities for reading and math. Jason Mierczynski, a third grade teacher at Estrella Vista STEM Academy (Avondale, AZ) received $500 to integrate flexible seating into his classroom.

Robert and Julie Began, along with their daughter, Hannah, established the Heather Began Memorial Education Fund in memory of their daughter, Heather, who passed away in October 2019. The fund will award grants to K-4 educators in Altamont, Illinois, and her former school in Avondale, Arizona.

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