Bonnie Buckles, librarian at Central Elementary, is the latest Northeast Community Credit Union Helping Teacher’s Teach grant winner.

Buckles applied for the grant to create a Literary Makerspace for Central Elementary students. The activities are set up and designed to stimulate critical thinking skills and encourage educational playfulness to follow a story plot.

“A Makerspace will allow students to become problem solvers, while working both independently and creatively,” Buckles said. “The Makerspace activities are wonderful ways to inspire interactive and engaging learning experiences.”

Northeast Community Credit Union awards $300 every month to a classroom to be utilized for classroom needs, classroom activities, and academic enrichment.  Helping Teachers Teach is open to teachers within Carter, Johnson, Unicoi, Sullivan and Washington counties who are members of Northeast Community Credit Union. Area teachers may become members at any NCCU location and can download the grant application on the credit union’s website: