Carriel teacher nabs $10K Emerson Gold Star grant


Amanda Mellenthin, seventh grade science teacher, standing among the raised beds of the Carriel Junior High garden. (O’Fallon Weekly Photo by Katherine Murray)

On May 10, the entire seventh grade class of Carriel Junior High gathered in the cafeteria for a surprise presentation. Even the teachers were kept in the dark about the true nature of the gathering, which was a deliberate move by principal Ellen Hays. Students and staff alike were thrilled to witness a member of the Carriel family receive a great honor. Amanda Mellenthin, seventh grade science teacher and a 2016 recipient of the Emerson Gold Star Award, was awarded a $10,000 grant to fund the building of a greenhouse, as well as an additional $5,000 for technology to aide students in exploring the new educational avenues the greenhouse will open to them.

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