SHREVEPORT, La (Independence Bowl) – This week is Extra Yard for Teachers Week across the nation, and the Independence Bowl Foundation is proud to announce that in conjunction with Extra Yard for Teachers and a grant from the Louisiana Department of Revenue, the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl has donated $45,986 to local teachers.

“Teachers are so important in building future leaders of our community, and there were so many wonderful projects submitted by teachers across five different parishes,” said Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl Executive Director Missy Setters. “We are so fortunate that with the help of Extra Yard for Teachers and a grant from the Louisiana Department of Revenue, we were able to help so many teachers and donate nearly $46,000.”

The $45,986 was donated to 46 different teachers and supported 54 different projects. Each project funded by the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl was posted on DonorsChoose.org by local educators and voted on by an independent committee. The nearly $46,000 of donations is the first part of just under $56,000 in total funding to local educators and schools by the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl in 2022.

The Independence Bowl Foundation began working with Extra Yard for Teachers to fund local teacher projects in 2021 and donated a total of $11,243 to local teachers last year. With the $45,986 donated this year, the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl has donated $57,229 to local teachers the past two years.

“The Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl is more than just a game, and it is so important to give back to the community that has supported us for 46 years running,” continued Setters. The Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl spread donations to 46 different teachers across five different Parishes – donating to 20 teachers in Bossier Parish, 16 in Caddo, three in DeSoto, one in Red River and five in Webster. Below is the
full list of teachers who received a part of the almost $46,000 in funding.

BOSSIER PARISH

TEACHERSCHOOL
Mrs. FalconBossier High School
Mrs. SearcyBossier Elementary School
Ms. HarrisBossier Elementary School
Mrs. JarrellApollo Elementary School
Mrs. PorterApollo Elementary School
Mrs. MooneyAirline High School
Mrs. Hark Rusheon Middle School
Ms. MatkinsApollo Elementary School
Mr. MartinCope Middle School
Ms. McSpaddenGreenacres Middle School
Mrs. AyresBenton Middle School
Mrs. GrayW.T. Lewis Elementary School
Mrs. WarrenT.L. Rodes Elementary School
Mrs. McMillanBenton Elementary School
Mrs. ColwellCentral Park Elementary School
Mrs. RachelCentral Park Elementary School
Mrs. VarnellApollo Elementary School
Mrs. VincentApollo Elementary School
Mrs. StuartHaughton Elementary School
Mrs. RoyerBenton Middle School

CADDO PARISH

TEACHERSCHOOL
Ms. BridgesHuntington High School
Ms. HillMs. Hill
Ms. LyonsMs. Lyons
Ms. FullerAMI Kids Caddo
Mrs. StephensCaddo Heights Math & Science Elementary
Mrs. Washington-CorneliusNorthside Elementary School
Ms. FeasterTurner Elementary/Middle School
Mrs. CoffinNorthside Elementary School
Ms. GreenwoodWoodlawn Elementary School
Ms. BruceBooker T. Washington High School
Mrs. DavidsonTurner Elementary/Middle School
Mrs. MackTurner Elementary/Middle School
Ms. CoberCherokee Park Elementary School
Mrs. FarrisNorthside Elementary School
Ms. FordAMI Kids Caddo
Ms. GardnerSummerfield Elementary School

DESOTO PARISH

TEACHERSCHOOL
Mrs. WashingtonMansfield High School
Mr. DufourMansfield High School
Mrs. LoweStanley High School

RED RIVER PARISH

TEACHER SCHOOL
Ms. SesvoldRed River Elementary School

WEBSTER PARISH

TEACHERSCHOOL
Ms. TrentDoyline High School
Ms. L. JonesJ.L. Jones Elementary School
Ms. HowardNorth Webster Lower Elementary School
Ms. WardLakeside Junior/Senior High School
Ms. CooperJ.A. Phillips Elementary School

Along with funding, each teacher who receives funding from the bowl will receive two game tickets to the 2022 Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl in December, and the teachers will be recognized at the game.

$10,000 DONATION TO LOCAL SCHOOLS TO PROMOTE TEACHER RETENTION, RECRUITMENT AND RECOGNITION

In addition to the nearly $46,000 donated to local teachers, the Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl will also donate $5,000 each to two schools, one from Caddo Parish and one from Bossier Parish, during bowl week in December.

The schools will be awarded the grant based on submissions from each school about a plan or program to promote teacher retention, recruitment or recognition. Schools will be required to submit their projects or programs by Friday, October 28. All project submissions will be judged by an independent committee, and the winning schools will be recognized during bowl week.