Congratulations, Michelle Cullum, Grandview NEA member and winner of the Read to Achieve Award

Cullum wins $1,000 in KCTV5, MNEA contest.

Michelle Cullum

Michelle Cullum, a 3rd grade teacher at Meadowmere Elementary School in Grandview C-4 School District was surprised with a visit Oct. 14 from MNEA Pres. Phillip Murray and KCTV5 meteorologist Erin Little. Pres. Murray presented Cullum with a check for $1,000 for winning the co-sponsored Kansas NEA/Missouri NEA Read to Achieve Contest.  

Cullum plans to use a portion of the money to buy books for her classroom and fund her Kindness Project.

The Read to Achieve Contest runs through April 2020. There is still time to nominate a deserving educator in the Kansas City KCTV5 viewing area. 

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Posted Date: 10/15/2019
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