Joe Gangemi, Health and Physical Education teacher at Eisenhower Middle School was recently awarded $1,000 on behalf of California Casualty to be used for the Eisenhower Middle School Physical Education program.
California Casualty has partnered with education associations for more than 65 years. According to their website, “We understand the growing financial strain on our public schools, and we want to help our friends in the education community.”
The California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant was established to provide support to public middle and high schools sports programs negatively impacted by reduced budgets.
Elizabeth Omegna, EMS Assistant Principal explained how this came about. “Joe submitted for the $1,000 scholarship with Bonnie Harper, a California Casualty insurance representative that comes twice a year to the school to offer different types of insurance and encourages teachers to apply as they give out grants for schools they work with.”
“We plan on using the award money to enhance and add exercise equipment to our Physical Education department’s fitness center. We will also try and purchase more archery equipment to enhance our new Archery program here at EMS,” shared Gangemi.
Awards must be used to help subsidize school sports programs in ways such as purchasing new equipment or paying for competition travel costs. The grant cannot be used for individual student awards.
PHOTO ATTACHED ABOVE (courtesy of Eisenhower Middle School)
- EMS Accepts Award from California Casualty (pictured left to right): EMS Principal Dominick Miller, REA President Cindy Knill, EMS PE Teacher Joe Gangemi, and California Casualty Rep Bonnie Harper