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Canton Teacher Takes Third Place in Unsung Heroes Program

CANTON, GA -- Penelope Singleton, a special education teacher at Cherokee High School in Canton, has received the third-place prize in the national 2010 ING Unsung Heroes awards program.

As the third-place winner, selected from more than 1,600 applications, Singleton will receive $5,000 to add to her initial $2,000 grant. This brings her grant total to $7,000 to help fund "M.O.S.T.: Meeting Our Standards Together," her award-winning program she is implementing at Cherokee High School.

"Penelope has been at our school for five years, and in that time, she has revolutionized how individuals in the school look at students with special needs," said Deb Murdock, principal at Cherokee High School. "She is well-known throughout the state of Georgia in the field of special education, and the recognition from ING informs the entire country about the hard work and dedication she gives to so many students. We are so proud of Penelope and know that the 'M.O.S.T.: Meeting Our Standards Together' program will continue to benefit the lives of students with special needs and the entire school community."

M.O.S.T. is a collaboration between the general and special education departments at Cherokee High School. Typically, the special education students learn in self-contained classes. This program brings together both groups of students with a vision of having them work and learn as a team.

The program is designed to provide increased opportunities for students with significant cognitive difficulties to participate in the general education curriculum. For example, in literature, books will be adapted by the general student population in PowerPoint to include visual effects, video, sounds and music to bring the story to life.

Overall, all of the students, whether in general or special education, will benefit from a more visual, hands-on, collaborative approach to learning.

The additional grant funds will help expand the science, literature, math and social studies educational kits as well as add assistive technology for students.

For the past 14 years, the ING Unsung Heroes awards program has recognized kindergarten through 12th grade educators nationwide for their innovative teaching methods, creative educational projects and ability to positively influence the children they teach. Since honoring the first unsung hero in 1996, ING has awarded more than $3.5 million to nearly 1,500 educators across the United States.

To learn about this year's winning projects, as well as those from previous years, visit the ING Unsung Heroes website at http://www.ing.com/us/unsungheroes.


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