Over the past 13 years, the Basalt Education Foundation has given more than $700,000 to the local elementary, middle and high schools. Teachers and administrators apply for grants for specific programming in their schools.


Details to come.


We were delighted to once again top the amount of annual money given to the three public schools. In 2016, that totaled more than $115,000. Here are the highlights:

Basalt Elementary School

$24,000: Brand-new Makerspace (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

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 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 Competition in Denver
$2,000: Choir accompanist
$1,500: Solar Rollers engineering project
$700: Colorado Teen Literature Conference in Denver
$500: Outdoor Leadership Program

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.


In the spring of 2015 (administrator grant requests) and late fall 2014 (teacher grant requests), we gave more than $90,000 to the three public schools, which included these initiatives:

Basalt Elementary School

$10,000: Classroom iPads
$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
$5,000: STEAM programming and MakerSpace materials
$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

$9,000: Staff Professional Development
$8,000: College Counseling Department
$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).


Past giving includes grants fulfilled in the late fall of 2013 (teacher grant requests) and the spring of 2014 (school administrator grant requests). From funds raised at the November 2013 Taste of Basalt, we gave more than $70,000 to the local schools, which included these initiatives:

Basalt Elementary School

$9,300: 20 iPads for student use
$5,000: ACES Environmental Education
$2,000: Mr. G “The Science Guy”
$1,700: English Language Learner Tablets
$1,000: Library Books

Basalt Middle School

$10,000: Interactive Science Materials & Garden Set-Up
$4,000: 5th & 6th Grade Band
$3,000: Science & Social Studies Library Materials
$2,000: 6th Grade Science Lab Supplies
$1,500: 7th Grade Mesa Verde Outdoor Education

Basalt High School

$9,000: College Counseling, Enrichment Wednesday Tutoring, ACT Prep Class
$4,000: Model U.N. World Affairs Competition
$3,900: Staff Professional Development
$3,600: Graphing Calculators
$1,800: English Language Learner Computers
$1,500: Spring Student Musical

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