Creative Classroom grant will help spread positive message

WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – A Trumbull County elementary school teacher was one of four local teachers to receive a $500 grant through the WKBN Caring for Community Creative Classroom contest.

There were approximately 50 applications received for this year’s contest, which is in its fourth year.

Jessica Irwin is a 2nd-grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary in Warren. She plans to use her Creative Classroom grant to bring a motivational speaker to the school to talk to the students about bullying, character education and avoiding drugs.

In her grant application, Irwin said she would like to invite Corey Jones to conduct an assembly. She said he is an area athlete who had a successful career at Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School and was a teammate of Lebron James. He holds several shooting records and was inducted into the Hall of Fame.

“Corey’s program uses basketball to educate the students about bullying and provides character education and anti-drug messages. By using basketball, many of our students would be interested and intrigued by Corey’s message, therefore possibly having a huge impact on the way they behave in school,” Irwin wrote in her grant application.

She said Jones would become a positive role model and allow the students to know there is nothing that can stand in their way of success.

She said the program costs $650, so the grant will go a long way to help her idea come to life.

“Warren City Schools has dedicated time and energy into programs that reinforce positive behavior. The theory behind this is that without a safe, controlled environment, students will not have the best chance at being successful with the curriculum in the classroom,” Irwin wrote in her grant application. “The students of Warren make up a large part of our community and the message Corey conveys would truly help the students and reinforce positive behaviors both in and out of the classroom.”

Watch the attached video to see Irwin’s reaction to winning. 

The Creative Classroom program is made possible through the WKBN 27 Caring for Our Community campaign in partnership with Huntington Bank, Dunkin’ Donuts, Window World and Dallas W. Hartman Attorneys at Law.

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