National Geographic Society Awards Grant to Train W.Va. Teachers

For Immediate Release: 
Jun 02 2008

CONTACT: Professor Joe Manzo

National Geographic Society Awards Grant to Train W.Va. Teachers

Athens, W.Va. – Concord University, as the host institution for the West Virginia Geographic Alliance, is pleased to announce the receipt of a $50,000 matching grant from the National Geographic Society to support geography education.

The West Virginia Geographic Alliance is coordinated by Regina Scotchie, social studies coordinator for the state of West Virginia, and Joe Manzo, professor of geography, Concord University. The money will be spent on teacher workshops and classes across the state in order to implement the National Geographic Society goal of “geography well taught.” This year, the West Virginia Geographic Alliance will be sponsoring teacher and student opportunities in Martinsburg, Charleston, Beckley and on the Athens campus of Concord University. Moreover, West Virginia K-12 students are invited to participate this fall in the West Virginia Geographic Alliance's annual geography poster contest, the State Geography Bee, and the State High School Geography Bowl.

“The National Geographic Society, the State Board of Education, and the administration at Concord University are to be thanked and recognized for their awareness that students without a geography background will, in these contemporary times, be receiving an incomplete education,” said Dr. Joe Manzo.

Manzo went on to say that working with West Virginia teachers has been a joy and pleasure. “Our teachers stand shoulder to shoulder with teachers from across the country,” he concluded.

For further information about West Virginia Geographic Alliance opportunities, please contact: Professor Joe Manzo at or 1-304-384-5208.