Eleven Tampa Bay area teachers won kudos and cash prizes Monday for their creative efforts to teach elementary school students about economics and the free enterprise system.
The Florida Council on Economic Education presented the awards, which came with prizes of $50 to $500, at a luncheon at the Omni Hotel. Fifty teachers from across the state were recognized.
First prize for teachers in grades kindergarten to three went to Melissa Bailey, Cathi Cottingham and Linda Bremer at Highland Lakes Elementary in Palm Harbor for their project "Panther Pins Inc."
Patsy Byrd at Westside Elementary in Spring Hill won first prize in the open category for a project titled "The Water and Wonder Jar Company."
Second prize winners included Barbara Wells, Westside Elementary, for "Wee Box Company" and Valerie Wostbrock and Debra A. Linguanti at Woodlawn Elementary in St. Petersburg for "Multi-Cultural Magnets . . . Bonding Nations."
Three teachers at Eisenhower Elementary in Clearwater, Suzanne W. Battista, Marilyn P. Jacobs and Susan Spaukling, won a third prize for their project "Is That Really True?"
Janice Long at Roosevelt Elementary in Tampa received an honorable mention for "Teddy's Veggies."
The council also gave a distinguished service award to William Katzenmeyer for work with the Center for Economic Education at the University of South Florida.