BEF Announces 2016 Grant Recipients
Basalt Education Foundation will donate more than $115,000 to the three public schools this year. This figure represents a 24 percent increase over school grant awards in 2015.
This year’s funded initiatives include experiential and outdoor education, professional development for teachers, online learning resources, STEAM projects, the arts, science equipment, an inventive outdoor play area and much more.
“This winter, we asked both teachers and administrators at Basalt Elementary, Basalt Middle and Basalt High schools to request funding for programs that help support the mission of the Basalt Education Foundation: to enhance education in the three public schools,” explained BEF Granting Committee Chair Bart Johnson. “This allowed teachers to ask for money that will directly impact the children in their classrooms, and principals to look at the larger picture and ask for funding for ‘big-ticket’ items that will reach all of the students at their schools.”
This year’s grant recipients include the following initiatives:
Basalt High School
$19,000: Professional development, including teacher training for Advanced Placement, foreign language and English Language Development curricula (administrator grant)
$5,000: Experiential education (administrator grant)
$5,000: Spring musical
$2,500: World Affairs Challenge in Denver
$2,000: Choir accompanist
$1,500: Solar Rollers engineering project
$700: Colorado Teen Literature Conference in Denver
$500: Outdoor Leadership Program
Basalt Middle School
$23,000: Parkour ropes equipment for outdoor play and use by Crew classes (administrator grant)
$4,000: STEAM equipment and teacher training
$2,800: Library Badge Program and book funding
$2,000: Greenhouse and garden
$1,800: 8th grade science equipment
$1,000: 7th grade outdoor education
$600: Technology integration professional development
$500: Student mural art project
Basalt Elementary School
$24,000: Brand-new maker space (administrator grant)
$2,800: BrainPop online educational resources
$2,000: Library books
$2,000: 4th grade Roaring Fork Conservancy Watershed Education
$2,000: Mr. G, “The Science Guy”
$2,000: Junior Achievement
$600: 4th grade book club
In addition to the above initiatives, Basalt Education Foundation earmarked nearly $8,000 for college and career readiness programming. Those funds will go toward supporting K-12 professional development to bolster writing instruction at all three schools, as well as outside guest instructors for the BHS Discovery Class, which focuses on college and career guidance, as well as standardized-test preparation for college applications.
Finally, plans call for BEF to distribute $15,000 in scholarships to deserving Basalt High School students this spring. That is a 50 percent increase over the amount of scholarship money given in 2015. After a thorough application and interview process, recipients will be notified of their scholarship awards at the BHS Scholarship Awards Ceremony at the Wheeler Opera House on May 10, 2016.
Over the past 20 years, since the first Taste of Basalt was held in 1996, the Basalt Education Foundation has donated nearly $700,000 to Basalt public schools. Basalt Education Foundation raises funds to enhance education in the three public schools through two main local fundraisers, the Taste of Basalt and the Roaring Fork Charity Classic golf tournament, as well as donations from individuals, companies and grant-giving organizations.