Wymer Brownlee Wealth Strategies announced today its second annual recipient of Grants for Gratitude: Enid-based educators Carrie Mills and Alyssa Plummer. Mills teaches kindergarten at Prairie View Elementary School where Plummer teaches first grade. Together, they lead the Helping Herd service club, and each received $500 to use toward classroom supplies or however they see fit to best benefit their students.
Helping Herd is open to third, fourth and fifth graders at Prairie View Elementary School and is designed to encourage giving back to the community. Once a month, Mills and Plummer facilitate student projects for deserving organizations. Recently, they’ve visited local fire departments and nursing homes, taking treats and other tokens of appreciation to employees and residents. The school encourages Prairie View student buffalos to ‘ROAM the halls” – exhibiting behaviors such as responsibility, organization, attentiveness and manners – and the more than 50 students involved in Helping Herd go above and beyond to make a positive impact on their school and community.
“Carrie and Alyssa give generously of their time and resources to mentor students in the Helping Herd club, “ said Stephen O’Neill, senior wealth advisor at Wymer Brownlee Wealth Strategies. “As a parent and member of the Enid community, I’m grateful for those who teach the importance of expressing gratitude and giving back, and we’re lucky to have positive role models like Carrie and Alyssa for all our kids.”
Wymer Brownlee launched the Grants for Gratitude program in 2018 by honoring Janene Burns, English teacher at Waller Middle School. Each year, recipients are recognized for their work to cultivate gratitude and generosity in young people, and an award of $1,000 is given to use at the teachers’ discretion. Nominations for the 2020 recipient will be accepted on wymerbrownlee.com/gratitude at the start of the 2020-2021 school year, with the winner named by Dec. 31.