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Grant helps put AR test technology into students' hands

Photo: Mike Tobias/PNGISD
Port Neches Elementary fifth grade teacher Kaylee Konidis helps student Parker Ross, 11, navigate one of the new iPads purchased with a grant received from Horace Mann's You Are Awesome Sweepstakes.

Port Neches Elementary School a winner in Horace Mann’s 2020 You Are Awesome Sweepstakes

Port Neches, TX. (12/012020) – Ms. Kaylee Konidis received $495.28 to fund her DonorsChoose project during Horace Mann’s You Are Awesome Sweepstakes. DonorsChoose provides a way for teachers to post classroom project requests, allowing donors to identify and choose projects to support.


A fifth grade teacher, Ms. Konidis submitted her grant request for iPads to give her students easier, in-class access to the accelerated reader (AR) test technology.

“Since the first day back after the quarantine, the students have wanted to take the AR tests over the books they read during the shutdown,” Konidis said. “I’m so excited for them, especially after last year — with all the disruptions we had. The kids deserve everything they got for this.”

“Horace Mann is always looking for more ways to support educators, and here at the Lumberton office we’re excited to help the educators of Southeast Texas however we can.” – Quinton Mayer, Horace Mann Agent for Southeast Texas

The You Are Awesome Sweepstakes will award $10,000 in DonorsChoose funding to educators nationwide. Winners will be announced daily, Nov. 16 through Nov. 20. At least twenty winners will be randomly drawn during the promotion period, each of whom will receive full funding for their designated DonorsChoose project, up to a maximum of $500 per winner, per DonorsChoose project.

About Horace Mann

Horace Mann (Horace Mann Educators Corp. (NYSE:HMN)) is the largest financial services company focused on providing America’s educators and school employees with insurance and retirement solutions. Founded by Educators for Educators® in 1945, the company is headquartered in Springfield, Illinois. For more information about the company, visit

Contact: Quinton Mayer, Horace Mann, (409) 287-4141,



Port Neches Elementary fifth grade teacher Kaylee Konidis, middle, stands with Horace Mann's Quinton Mayer, right, and Jake Williamson as they present her with a check for $495.28, which helped fund a grant for iPads during the company's You Are Awesome Sweepstakes. (Photo: Mike Tobias/PNGISD)


Port Neches Elementary fifth grade teacher Kaylee Konidis with the check for $495.28, which helped fund a grant for iPads presented by Horace Mann's You Are Awesome Sweepstakes. (Photo: Mike Tobias/PNGISD)


Student Parker Ross, 11, navigates an iPad received with grant funds  presented by Horace Mann's You Are Awesome Sweepstakes at Port Neches Elementary. (Photo: Mike Tobias/PNGISD)

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