Liebman grants will help teachers get lessons across

By MELISSA ARNOLD State Journal Staff Writer Published:

Two Franklin County public school teachers will soon be hatching chicks and breeding fish thanks to the Liebman family.

Western Hills High School agriculture teacher and FFA adviser J.R. Zinner and Bondurant eighth-grade math teacher Leigh Kuhn each received a grant from the Herbert D. Liebman Memorial Foundation. They are the first recipients.

The foundation was set up by the Liebman family in honor of Herbert D. Liebman who died in April of 2002. He served several terms on the Franklin County Board of Education and was a practicing attorney for 50 years.

His widow, Phyllis Liebman, said the idea to create the foundation was unanimous with the family.

"He just loved education," she said. "It was his passion, and he was very interested in innovative teaching and we know the school system doesn't have the funds for this kind of teaching aids with how the budget is right now."

Any teacher in the Franklin County school system is eligible to apply for a grant through the foundation. A committee then reviews the application and chooses the recipients.

"We are looking at doing this each semester," Liebman said. "Teachers will receive different amounts of money based on how much they need to carry out their request."

Zinner received $150 and Kuhn received $350 for their desired projects.

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