A Proviso East teacher and a Proviso East graduating senior have each won a $1,000 scholarship from Common Roots Initiative.
Mr. Manuel Almazan, a Proviso East science teacher, received the $1,000 CRI Spring 2015 Teacher Scholarship to support his classroom initiatives, according to a press release from CRI. He was chosen based on his teaching style and his dedication to "helping students understand and relate to science." Mr. Almazan, who teaches chemistry and biology and bilingual classes in each of those subjects, plans to use the scholarship money to purchase science teaching/science kits, which will help strengthen concepts learned in textbooks.
Also winning a CRI Student Scholarship was Carolina Trujillo, a Proviso East graduating senior and Maywood resident. Carolina, who plans to pursue a career in educational studies, has been a member of the Proviso East National Honor Society, art club, and math club. She plans to attend Dominican University.
"Carolina’s scholastic achievement and her activity in the National Honor Society make her an ideal recipient of the Spring 2015 Student Scholarship," said Ms. Shay Rhao, chair of the CRI 2015 Scholarship Committee. "She provided some great responses to our application’s essays and we’re very happy to select her as the recipient."
Common Roots Initiative is a local non-profit founded by Proviso East alumni that provides financial support in education, according to the group’s website.