By: Melissa Bailey

The next time students want to buy a bike for a pedal-powered smoothie machine, they won’t have to take out a loan.

That was one takeaway Monday at the city’s environmental-themed charter high school, as a teacher snagged a $27,000 prize in a national competition.

Jeremy Stone, a third-year teacher at Common Ground High School in West Rock, scored first place in the national Unsung Heroes Awards Program run by ING Financial Services.

ING, which sells financial products that help teachers save for retirement, has run the Unsung Heroes program for the past 14 years. The program gives out grants to teachers to support classroom projects. This year, 1,600 teachers were nominated nationwide, and 100 won $2,000 grants. Stone scored first place among those winners, landing him a total of $27,000 in prize money that will go straight to the school.

Read more at the New Haven Independent website.