Wilson Primary Teacher receives $2,000 Voya Grant through TCU

Teachers Credit Union presented the grant to Eileen Cramer, who will use it to establish sensory rooms where students can learn the emotional and cognitive regulation skills they need to thrive. 

Voya Financial, Inc., a provider of retirement plans for educators, awarded Wilson Primary Center’s Eileen Cramer a $2,000 grant as part of its 2019 Unsung Heroes awards program. The grant was presented by TCU President of Investment Services Waylon Peterson and TCU Business Services Development Officer Randy Lemert. Through a partnership with Voya Financial, Teachers Credit Union offers its plans to educators to make saving for retirement more manageable.

With the grant, Cramer will establish two sensory rooms at Wilson Primary Center to provide a safe place where students can go either to calm or stimulate their senses. One room will be a “chill spa” with calming lights, therapeutic weighted blankets and other tools to help children focus. The other room will be an “active outlet” with a climbing apparatus, a sensory wall panel system and exercise ball. In conjunction with South Bend Community School Corporation occupational therapists, Cramer will teach students sensory regulation, emotional regulation and cognitive regulation, skills linked to children’s ability to manage many tasks during primary school.

Since the Unsung Heroes program began in 1996, Voya Financial has awarded nearly $5 million to more than 2,000 K-12 educators nationwide to honor their innovative teaching methods, creative educational projects and ability to positively influence the children they teach. 

To learn more about this year’s winning projects, as well as those from previous years, visit the Voya Unsung Heroes website. Applications for the 2020 Voya Unsung Heroes awards are currently being accepted through the website until April 30, 2020.