Education Foundation Supports Saint Michaels Destination Imagination Teams


The Talbot County Public Schools Education Foundation awarded a grant in the amount of $1000 to support the five Destination Imagination Teams that advanced to the Global Finals Competition in Knoxville Tennessee.

Destination Imagination (DI) encourages teams of learners to have fun, take risks, focus and frame challenges while incorporating STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics) and service learning competitions.  Participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem-solving process.  Global Finals is a celebration of this creativity as it brings together the best teams from all across the world to meet, compete and learn from each other.

Photo: Front Row L to R: DI Team Members Brynn Lizewski and Molly Genrich. Middle Row L to R: DI Team Members Ryley Beers, Will Asmussen, and Benny Rieck. Education Foundation Advisory Board Members Becky Firth, Laura Heikes, and Gwen Fike. Back Row L to R:DI Team Member Lydia Shreves, Foundation Advisory Board Members Jo Ann Murray, Ty Russ, Juanita Hopkins, Patrick Fitzgerald, and Graham Lee.

A group of students from the Saint Michaels DI teams recently paid a visit to an Education Foundation Advisory Board meeting to express their appreciation for the support and share reflections about the experience.  “This is what the Education Foundation is all about!” said Foundation Advisory Board Member Becky Firth.  “These students are amazing, and it was so exciting to hear about their projects and how they were challenged and inspired through this experience.”

Formed in the Fall of 2016, the mission of the Education Foundation is to engage and utilize community resources to provide TCPS students and teachers with otherwise unavailable enrichment opportunities that will enhance the TCPS educational experience and produce exceptional graduates.  To learn more about supporting Destination Imagination teams or other Education Foundation Grant Programs, visit our website at or contact Debbie Gardner, Coordinator of Public Relations and Special Programs at 410-822-0330 ext. 102 or by email at

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