Ruiz Foods awards grant to Lucy T Davis Elementary teacher

FLORENCE, SC (WBTW) -Ruiz Foods recognized the efforts of a Pee Dee teacher with a “mini teacher grant” through its Ruiz 4 Kids program.

Erika Hartman teaches at Lucy T. Davis Elementary School. Ruiz Foods gave her a $649 grant for her Bricks to Build up Knowledge project that uses Lego bricks to teach kids about math and engineering.

“You know we get a certain amount but obviously it’s not enough to cover everything that we want to do in our classroom for the entire year. So it’s a great opportunity to have businesses and companies give us money that allows us to do a little bit extra with the curriculum,” said Erika Hartman, a 4th grade math and science teacher.

Ruiz Foods is taking applications for its next round of teacher grants. The deadline is June 15 and the application can be found at