James & Naomi Stock Education Enrichment Grants
Applications are now being accepted for the James & Naomi Stock Education Enrichment Grants. Grant awards of up to $1,000 will be awarded to Miami University’s School of Education graduates. Awards must be used for classroom enrichment project(s), otherwise not funded through the school. Applicants must be a classroom teacher working in grades K-12. Proposals showcasing the teacher’s creativity, student engagement and love of teaching are encouraged. Applicants must be graduates of Miami University‘s School of Education and currently teaching in Butler, Warren, Hamilton or Clermont Counties in Ohio. Applications must be submitted online by November 30, 2012. Grant awards will be announced in December. Applications for retroactive funds will NOT be accepted. All approved projects must be completed between December 1, 2012-August 30, 2013.
The Stocks, who had known each other since childhood, are Miami mergers who were married for 60 years before Naomi’s passing in 2012. Together, they earned five Miami degrees. Jim has a doctorate in School Administration; Naomi a Master’s of Education.
Patti Alderson, CEO and Board Chair of the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, said “We’re pleased to be able to honor such outstanding residents of our community. We are thrilled to showcase the creativity and spirit of area teachers to assist in their dedication to the classroom.”
In addition to teaching at Lakota High School and serving on Miami’s faculty in Oxford, Naomi Stock played a key role in revitalizing the vocational education system in Ohio. For 26 years, she supervised curriculum, educators and programs at Great Oaks Career &Technical Center. She was instrumental in writing the educational specifications for the architectural layouts encompassing $100 million of new building construction for all four Great Oaks campuses in Southwest Ohio and one in Greene County, Ohio. She also worked as Home Economics Department Chair for Princeton City Schools and helped train Miami student teachers. She served 22 years on the Central Committee for the Butler County Republican Party, including stints as precinct leader and secretary.
Jim Stock was Assistant Superintendent of Mariemont Schools in Cincinnati as well as Superintendent of Lebanon City Schools, Assistant Superintendent of Princeton City Schools and Deputy Superintendent of the Montgomery County Board of MR/DD. He led the Lincoln Heights/Princeton merger in the late 1960s with desegregation grant monies to help smooth the transition after Lincoln Heights lost its State Charter and Princeton agreed to absorb those students.
The Stocks have one son, Jonathan (Kimberly), a Columbus attorney and two grandchildren.
For more information about the James & Naomi Stock Educational Enrichment Grant opportunity visit www.wclfoundation.com/stockgrants.asp or contact Melissa Benedict at 513-874-5450 or via email at Melissa@wclfoundation.com
The James & Naomi Stock Education Enrichment Grant Fund is held at the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty. Tax-deductible donations to help continue the Funds work can be made online at www.wclfoundation.com/givenow.asp or by mailing a check to The Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty, Attn: Stock Enrichment Fund, 5641 Union Centre Drive, West Chester, OH 45069.