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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

High Plain Elementary teacher vying for National Award

Posted: Wednesday, September 17, 2014 1:00 am
High Plain Elementary School teacher Timothy Harkins has won Voya Financial's 2014 Unsung Hero Award and a $2,000 grant to help fund and bring life to his "Dream Planet Project."
Of the 1,000 applicants who applied nationwide, Harkins is one of only 100 winners, and one of two winners in Massachusetts. He will now compete with other winners for one of the top three prizes — an additional $5,000, $10,000 or $25,000.
According to a release from Voya Financial, Dream Planet Project was Harkins' innovative teaching idea. It will help 90 second-grade students learn about space travel and exploration through project-based learning, where students will discover how astronauts and scientists travel to space, explore new planets and map environments as well as the principals of flight.
The project will use resources from the Space Camp and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, located in Huntsville, Ala. Students will analyze soil from Mars, build water bottle rockets and hot air balloons and facilitate the Mars Rover egg drop.
"Each day, we help individuals prepare for a secure financial future and we are proud to recognize these men and women who prepare students for their future," Bernie Heffernon, senior vice president of tax-exempt markets for retirement solutions at Voya Financial, said in a press release. "We understand that teaching is one of the most important professions in the world and are pleased to help Timothy continue making a life-long, positive impact on the children he teaches."
The award is meant to honor educators' innovative teaching methods, creative educational projects and the ability to positively influence the children they teach. 

 
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