GBHS teacher wins $2,500 grant for student leadership

GRAND BLANC — Todd Babiasz, a teacher at Grand Blanc High School, is one of 200 nationwide recipients of $2,500 Teacher Assist grants from State Farm.

Babiasz teaches social studies and the Leadership Exploration and Development class, and is an instructional coach.

He said the grant will help fund LEAD class projects for a long time, according to information posted on the school district website.

Previous projects have included mentoring at-risk elementary students, marketing pet adoptions at a local animal shelter, organizing companionship time with senior citizens in assisted living, supplying Enchroma glasses to the Flint Institute of Arts for visitors who are colorblind, and more, the district website indicated.

Babiasz uses the Positive Project, a character-building program, in the class. The mission of the Positivity Project is to “empower America’s youth to build positive relationships and become their best selves,” according to their website. Toward that end, the nationwide program partners with schools to equip educators with training, strategies and resources to instill 24 character strengths in their students.

In a press release, State Farm Senior Vice President Annette Martinez said, “We are heartened by the immense response received from teachers sharing their solutions to overcoming challenges.”

The Teacher Assist grants recognize are designed to recognize education as a public good and address the societal impacts of COVID-19 at the local level. — L.R.