ING Unsung Heroes

Allison Butler, the 2013 First Place WinnerCongratulations to Allison Butler, the 2013 First Place Winner. She was presented with her award on October 2nd, and now she can put the $27,000 grant to work in the classroom. Previously, Aaron Vanderwerff and Eric Songer were presented with the 2013 Third and Second Place Awards respectively.

“Art at the Speed of Light” combines the fundamentals of intermediate drawing and painting curriculum with the Bio Medical Allied Health Magnet students’ honors physics curriculum, creating an interdisciplinary pilot course. The program allows students innovative opportunities to explore and study physics phenomena through a visual arts lens. To date, the drawing and painting projects borrow from various photographic styles. With the grant, unusual photographic technology, including video animation, will be incorporated into the program as an alternative way to study physics concepts such as momentum, velocity, light reflection, and refraction. With the interdisciplinary “triad” among physics, drawing/painting and photography, students will experiment with an exciting array of technology to create the striking photographic effects of backlighting, stop-motion, light painting and high-speed. They will also produce video-animated sequences as a final project and attend a field trip to the International Center for Photography in New York City.

Now accepting applications for the 2014 ING Unsung Heroes Awards Program. To complete the online application visit:
    (Application deadline is April 30th).


Are you an educator with a class project that is short on funding but long on potential? Do you know a teacher looking for grant dollars? ING Unsung Heroes® could help you turn great ideas into reality for students.

For more than 15 years, and with more than $4 million in awarded grants, ING Unsung Heroes has proven to be an A+ program with educators. The program’s “alumni” have inspired success in the classroom and impacted countless numbers of students. Each year, 100 educators are selected to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000.