From left, Caitlin Mueller, Tara Counts, Tammy May, Tara Hardy, Linda King, Stephanie Driver, Cynthia Lam, Lisa Long, Bethany Everidge, Callie Randolph, Lacey Clarke and Holly Bazzle were recognized as 2018 winners.

On Oct. 8, teachers from the Harrisonburg City and Rockingham County Public Schools received awards for their innovative projects in economic education. The awards were sponsored by the Harrisonburg Rotary Club and the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Shenandoah Valley Economic Education, Inc. The awards include cash prizes ranging up to $1,000 for the grand prize.

From left, top local winners Caitlin Mueller, Tara Counts, Tammy May, Tara Hardy, Lisa Long and Bethany Everidge.
Dianna Alger

Awards were presented at the regular Monday meeting of the Rotary Club. Dianna Alger of Page County High School was also honored separately as the Virginia Council on Economic Education’s nominee for Economic Educator of the Year representing the Shenandoah Valley region.

The teachers honored also included these grade-level winners:

  • Virginia Munns of Smithland Elementary School, for her project, “2nd Graders + Big Hearts = Kindness,” which won first place in the primary (K-2) division.
  • Linda King, Holly Bazzle, Lacey Clark and Stephanie Driver of John C. Myers Elementary, for their project, “Class Dojo Economics,” which won second place in the primary (K-2) division.
  • Tara Hardy and Tammy May of John C. Myers Elementary, for their project, “Kids Market,” which won first place in the elementary (grades 3-5) division.
  • Nora S. Fletcher of J. Frank Hillyard Middle School, for her project, “An Autism Awareness Campaign Filled with Scents/Cents,” which won first place in the Middle School division.
  • Callie Randolph of Skyline Middle School, for her project, “Life in the Real World,” which won second place in the Middle School division.
  • Cynthia Lam of Elkton Middle School, for her project, “Lifestyle Budget,” which won third place in the Middle School division.
  • Bethany Everidge of Harrisonburg High School, for her project, “What are Common Words Anyways? Supporting Students through Tier-Two Vocabulary and Financial Literacy,” which won first place in the High School division.

Overall winners in the competition were:

  • Tara Counts and Caitlin Mueller of J. Frank Hillyard Middle School, for their project, “Restaurant Possible,” which won the grand prize in the overall competition.
  • Lisa Long and Walt Williamson of Harrisonburg High School, for their project, “The Blue Streak Stitching Company,” which won the reserve grand prize in the overall competition.

SVEE is a nonprofit organization that seeks to promote economic literacy in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

2018 winners honored