Basalt Education Foundation is delighted to announce the non-profit organization has donated more than $56,000 to the three public schools in the fall 2014 granting cycle.
Teachers apply for grants for specific programming in their schools. This year's funded initiatives include Spanish-language and e-reader library books, outdoor education, hands-on curriculum materials, technology such as Chromebooks and interactive software, the theatre arts, and STEM projects, including robotics.
"It was a competitive field this year, with teacher applicants sharing some very compelling reasons for supporting their programs," said Bart Johnson, BEF board member and chair of the granting committee. "The funded projects support BEF's mission to enhance education in the three public schools. We are pleased to help deliver innovative and creative programing for students, supporting high-quality education in Basalt."
Over the past 11 years, the Basalt Education Foundation has donated more than $400,000 to Basalt public schools.
This year's grant recipients include the following initiatives:
Basalt Elementary School
$3,650: Library Books & 4th-grade Book Club
$2,640: BrainPOP & BrainPOP Jr. Online Educational Resources
$2,350: Beginning Reader Curriculum Support
$2,200: Roaring Fork Conservancy Watershed Education
$2,000: Mr. G, "The Science Guy"
Basalt Middle School
$10,500: Classroom iPads
$2,500: Student Theater Production
$2,500: 6th grade Audio-Visual Technology for Learning
$2,400: Chromebooks for Resource Classes
$1,500: 7th Grade Mesa Verde Outdoor Education
$1,300: Sphero/Ollie Robotics
Basalt High School
$3,350: Staff Professional Development
$3,000: Chromebooks for Art & P.E. Classes
$2,500: STEM Hydroelectric Project
$2,155: World Affairs Competition
$1,500: Chromebooks for Special Education
$1,000: Solar Rollers Racing Team
$1,000: (co)studio Greenhouse Design & Build
Also, three BEF-funded initiatives benefit more than one school: BES/BMS/BHS: Speech Language Support ($500); BMS/BHS Wrestling Club ($1,000); BES/BMS Junior Achievement ($1,600).