Helping our teachers enrich their classroom curriculums

Links to Learning provides awards to New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender county elementary school educators to enhance curriculum and stimulate creative thought in a variety of settings. These awards will enable educators to enrich classroom and extracurricular activities and develop new approaches to learning.

Due to the Pandemic – Our Statistics for * 2019-2020 and ** 2020-2021

$41,500 * and $25,000 **


67 * and 39 **


Applications and Information for Links to Learning Awards

Educators at any of the schools served by our Operation School Bell® program are invited to apply for an award. To access the 2021-2022 application forms (Guidelines, Cover Page, Application Questions, Evaluation and Financial Reports), please click on the link below.

The information for the 2021-2022 school year are as follows.  The cover sheet must be signed by the school principal and the application must be received by Assistance League by 4:00 p.m. on Oct. 29, 2021.

Guidelines for Applying for an Award
Application Cover Page
Application Questions
Project Evaluation Form
Financial Report

“I have personally seen the Links to Learning program expand over the past six years.  It is really amazing what the nonprofit does not only for teachers, but, through the other programs, other people in need.  The program has been especially good to my school, since many teachers have benefitted from the grants.  It is really humbling to see the selflessness of the ALGW and the volunteers that make it up.  Thank you so much for supporting us and our students.”

Dr. Chris Wirszyla at Cape Fear Elementary School

Assistance League Makes Awards to Educators Through Its Links to Learning Program

ALGW Awards (2020—2021)

Rocky Point
Back to the Basics with Books – Rebecca Bogan
Increasing Literacy through Literacy – April Perkins and Christy Bishop Learn to Read/Read to Learn – Kelly Gray
Social/Emotional Tools for School – Mandy Harrell
Connecting Virtual and In Person Learners – April Perkins
Learn to Read/Read to Learn/ Grow in Math – Sheryl McFadden

Cape Fear Elementary
Communicating through Art – Amber Huckaby
Keep the Music Going – Sean Oxendine
Bridging Communication, Learning Together – Alayna Johnson Home is Where the HEART Is! – Chris Wirszyla
BLISS – Brighter Lights Increasing Stem Studies – Melissa Taylor Positive Expressions – Mary Younginer

Town Creek
Assistance League Sensory Needs and Award – Emily Eubanks

Spicing It Up in STEM – Holly Majewski Desk Cup Holders for All – AJ Johnson

Rock and Read – Elizabeth Schmidt Calming Corner – Paula Knox
Social and Emotional Learning – Emily Tate

Lincoln Elementary
Seats! Seats! Seats All about It – Trixie Danry
Zooming Ahead with Plan A-Z with Books for the Library – Natalie Caddell

Forest Hills
Using Literacy to Promote Equality and Sustainable Living – Christina Daniels Literature Sustains Global Learning for Student well Being – Annie Lovoy

Mary Williams
Students Fitness Challenge – Julie Kornigay

Social Emotional Learning Resources – Courtney Robuck

R. Freeman
One for the Books – Karen Sherman Dash Gripper – Janice Rickey

SPLASH Pad – the PBIS School Store – Ashley Hager

COVID Recovery – Mark Quindlin Basketball, Blackboard and Hoop – Rob Ward

Castle Hayne
Collection Development – Equity and Diversity – Jessica Moore

College Park
Literature to Support “Minds Up” and Zones of Regulation – Jeanne Hovis

Enrichment and Extension Math and English Language Arts Resources for K-5 Teachers – Susan Holloway
Sensory for Success – Samantha Keller

Project Ready, Set, Move – Nancy Taverna
1 XL for Snipes 5th Grade Shining Stars – Courtney Hicks Ceramics for All – Cassandra Kane
Cycled Up for reading – Nakita Thomas
Coding with Creative Play Mats – Mary Alice Hudson Parents Becoming Involved Stakeholders – Stephanie Willis

The award winners for 2019-2020 are as follows:

Brunswick County
Clark, Bolivia Elementary School:  “Goldilocks and the Bears Didn’t Like Sitting in Hard Chairs”
Bradley and Frink, Bolivia Elementary School:  “Creating Bravely through STEM”
Neville, Lincoln Elementary School:  “Family Centered STEAM at Lincoln Elementary”
Caddell, Lincoln Elementary School:  “The World through my Eyes”
Dancy, Belville Elementary School:  “Give ‘em a Break”
Schulte, Supply Elementary School:  “Sir Cumference to Circles”  Connecting Literature with Math”
Holdren, Town Creek Elementary School:  “Alternative Seating for Structured Behavior Support”

New Hanover County
Winner, Castle Hayne Elementary:  “Nonfiction Books for Kids Who Love Learning”
Pawlowski, Snipes Academy of Arts and Design:  “Mindful Movement in Third Grade”
Menzies, Snipes Academy of Arts and Design:  “Snipes Academy Star-Trepeneurs”
Willis, Snipes Academy of Arts and Design:  “STARBUCKS—PBIS Store”
Wheeler, Wrightsboro Elementary:  “Hooking Readers through High Interest Text”
Sherman, Rachel Freeman School of Engineering:  “E>MC Squared—Empower>Makers to Collaborate and Create”
Leary, Sunset Park Elementary:  “Multiplication Magic”
Secco, Sunset Park Elementary:  “Exploring our Solar System”
Burrows, Sunset Park Elementary:  “STEM Activities in First Grade”
McNeil, Sunset Park Elementary:  “Seesawing our Way to 21st Century Success”
Land, Mary Williams Elementary:  “Cultural Awareness”
Grover, Mary Williams Elementary:  “Math Station for Accelerated and Enriched Instruction”
Huestis, Mary Williams Elementary:  “Huestis Multi-sensory Reading Materials”
Gaukler, Mary Williams Elementary:  “Meaningful Incentives to Promote Kindness, Reduce Bullying and Encourage Positive/Confident Thinking
Mauceri, Mary Williams Elementary:  “Laptops for Google Classroom”
Pavlick, Mary Williams Elementary:  “Multisensory Education for Students with Disabilities”
Langevin, Mary Williams Elementary:  “Focusing on Phonics (with a little Fun)”
Zatt, Sunset Park Elementary:  “Create and Innovate with Technology”
Amorelli, Sunset Park Elementary:  “Sunset Park PBIS Fund”
Moore, Winter Park Elementary:  “Collection Development—Linking Libraries to Classroom Learning”
Thomas, Snipes Academy of Arts and Design:  “Yes, I Can Read”
Gehron, Sunset Park Elementary:  “STEAM Powered Learning”
Prey, Alderman Elementary:  “Incorporating Writing and Social Studies into Art”
Quindlen, Alderman Elementary:  “Boys’ Book Club”
Shumate, Alderman Elementary:  “Shumate’s Super Readers”
Ward, Alderman Elementary:  “Water Bottle Refilling Station 2”
Williams, Alderman Elementary:  “Reading Is Fundamental”
Smythe, Snipes Academy of Arts and Design:  “Student Fitness Challenge”
Brown, Rachel Freeman School of Engineering:  “Student Fitness Challenge”
Kornegay, Mary Williams Elementary:  “Student Fitness Challenge”
Frieberg, Sunset Park Elementary:  “Student Fitness Challenge”
Stoddard, Winter Park Elementary:  “Winter Park Elementary 2020 Spring Musical”
Keding, Castle Hayne Elementary:  “Flexible Seating for All”
Taverna, Snipes Academy of Arts and Design:  “Project Osmo”
Hicks, Snipes Academy of Arts and Design:  “Empowering Students, Embracing Diversity”
Hovis, College Park Elementary:  “Calm Down Corner”
Nava and Christ, College Park Elementary:  “Book Nook”
Simon, Snipes Academy of Arts and Design:  “Windows and Mirrors:  Remodeling A Classroom Library for Diversity”
DeVoid, Rachel Freeman School of Engineering:  “The Book Whisperer”
Rickey, Rachel Freeman School of Engineering:  “Robot Launchers”
Smith and Haines, Rachel Freeman School of Engineering:  “Flexible Seating for Third Grade”
Simimon, Rachel Freeman School of Engineering:  “Comfort in the Classroom”

Pender County
Perry, Burgaw Elementary School:  “Ms. Perry’s Classroom Library”
Bolin, Burgaw Elementary School:  “How Can We Have a Yearbook without a Camera?”
Butteny, Burgaw Elementary School:  “Links to Learning for STEAM Enrichment and Exploration”
Thompson, Burgaw Elementary School:  “Building Social Emotional Learning through Play”
Graham, Burgaw Elementary School:  “Encouraging Creativity and Creating Critical Thinkers”
Insco, Burgaw Elementary School:  “BrainPop the ELL Classroom!”
Oxendine, Cape Fear Elementary School:  “Performing at New Heights”
Taylor, Cape Fear Elementary School:  “Full STEAM Ahead—Building a Global Citizen”
Garcia, Hartzell, Overby and Bass, Cape Fear Elementary School:  “Super Science Stuff for Fourth Grade”
Wirszyla, Cape Fear Elementary School:  “RECESS—Recess Equipment for Classrooms to Expand Student Skills”
Huckaby, Cape Fear Elementary School:  “Creative Cubs!”
Younginer, Cape Fear Elementary School:  “Social Emotional Therapy for Emotional Disabled Students”
Pierson and Cipicchio, Rocky Point Elementary School:  “Power of Cross-Curricular Learning:
Wood, Rocky Point Elementary School:  “iPads for Instruction”
Roney, Rocky Point Elementary School:  “Classroom Library Resources”
McFadden, Rocky Point Elementary School:  “Learn to Read/Read to Learn”
Perkins, Rocky Point Elementary School:  “Bringing Learning to Life”
Perkins and Gales, Rocky Point Elementary School:  “Spiral Back”

Seales/Snipes Academy of Arts and Design – The Dribbling All Stars Perform

Children get a close-up look at little creatures from the North Carolina Aquarium.

Students planted a beautiful garden for all to see on the school property.

Children with disabilities learn through special programs using an iPad

  “Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!! What a wonderful blessing to our team. Thank you for this amazing opportunity for our students and school.”

Cait Rosander, School Counselor

Applications are submitted to Assistance League of Greater Wilmington in October and projects are selected in November. To get more information on Links to Learning, contact us at:

Serving New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender Counties since 2008