Two volunteer groups have won a grant of $10,000 to award as a bonus to a teacher at Baltimore's Lake Clifton-Eastern High School.
The one-time award from the James C. Penney Foundation will be used to encourage the best teachers to continue in the city's classrooms.
Educational Opportunity Program and the Society of Executive Retired Volunteers, two groups that have been active at Lake Clifton, won the award.
The money will be given at the end of the school year to the teacher who develops the program or method that most enhances teaching at the school, said Robert O. Bonnell Jr., EOP president and chairman of SERV.
"Such a series of awards will lift the self-image and the community image of our best public school teachers throughout the city," Mr. Bonnell said. "At a time when huge bonuses are paid in business and athletics, these teachers must be recognized in a substantial fashion for their enormous influence in shaping the future of our society, by more than a plaque."
Oscar Jobe, principal of Lake Clifton, said he hoped the grant would be the beginning of more private fund-raising efforts. "The competition for these awards will encourage teacher initiative and will add an exciting new dimension to the perceived opportunity for good teachers in Baltimore's public schools," he said.
The award committee includes Robert C. Embry Jr., president of the Abell Foundation; Timothy Armbruster, president of the Goldseker Foundation; and Earl S. Richardson, president of Morgan State University, in addition to officials from the school system and sponsoring organizations.