Each year, the local chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma (DKG), a professional society for women educators, distributes financial assistance to Franklin County student-teachers. Previously called interns, a student-teacher is a college, university or graduate student who spends at least a semester in a classroom under the supervision of a certified teacher, observing and eventually teaching themselves, in order to complete their education degree requirements.


This year’s grant-in-aid scholarships were recently awarded to two Franklin County student-teachers, Melody Hatfield, who has been working with elementary students at Franklin County School, and Kate Ward, who has worked with ABC School sixth graders.


The local DKG chapter has also been a long-time supporter of a mission in Bolivia, annually sending a financial donation to the El Faro Mission for two decades. The mission is run by Jack Spiers, brother of Carrabelle resident and DKG member Babs Bailey, and on his behalf, she accepted the group’s annual $200 contribution.


Port St. Joe Elementary teacher Natasha Pennycuff serves as president of the local DKG chapter. ABC School elementary teacher Joy Floyd is vice-president and president-elect, along with retired Franklin County Schools educator Elinor Mount-Simmons, who serves as DKG vice president-elect.