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March 19--  Nine Vidalia school system teachers have been awarded Bright Light grants totaling $2,287 from the Vidalia Educational Foundation.

The grants are based on requests from teachers seeking money to buy classroom instructional materials.

At J.D. Dickerson Primary School, $300 grants were awarded to Sonja Allmond and Brenda McLain and an $89 grant was given to Belinda Warnock.

Ashley Driggers at Sally D. Meadows Elementary was awarded $199 for learning center materials.

Two teachers at J.R. Trippe Middle School, Lynne Bowen and Sabrina Thompson, were awarded $300 each for their classrooms.

At Vidalia High School, $300 grants were made to Terry Bennett and Beverly Rivers and Kristen Champion received $199.

The Vidalia Educational Foundation is a non-profit founded by former Vidalia School Superintendent Tom Hutcheson to support classroom initiatives by individual teachers.

School officials say the Foundation has fallen on hard times and this will probably be the last year grants are made due to a lack of money in its coffers.