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Bardstown Foundation for Excellence announces 2017 award of grants and mini-grants to teachers

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Several board members of the Bardstown Foundation for Excellence in Public Education, along with Foundation Executive Director Kim Lacy and Superintendent Brent Holsclaw, recently delivered great news to some Bardstown teachers.  With balloons and giant checks, this “Prize Patrol” was the foundation’s way of letting teachers know they were awarded a grant or mini-grant.

The foundation is a non-profit organization that raises money from private sources to enhance educational offerings for BCS students. Through the mini-grant program, teachers can apply for money for a program or project up to $700.  Grants are for projects beyond $700.

This year, a $1,500 major grant for the One Book, One BPS program at the primary school was approved along with six mini-grants totaling $7,000. The foundation is also in its second year of funding the district’s STEAM Academy to further challenge students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.

“Students in our schools will be impacted by these projects this year and for many years to come,” said Laura Ganoe, Foundation Board President.

“This community and our own employees have been very generous in their support of the Foundation over the years,” said Ganoe. The foundation looks for projects that are innovative and promote academic excellence, while working to reach as many students as possible with their funding.

Mini-grants funded this year include:

Early Childhood

• Pre-K Math curriculum to enhance kindergarten readiness

Primary School

• Marci Ballard – Library/Media Center Makerspace Project

• Crystal Brothers – Cultural Dance Instruction Program

Middle School

• Eric Hardin – 8th Grade Language Arts Project

• Mike Paul – Virtual Reality Project

• Jeremy Shultz – Lego Mindstorm Education Program

• Tracy Cahoe – Library/Media Center Makerspace Project

High School

• Heidi Ahern – Algebra and AP Physics Motion and Linear Function Project Physics

• Shawn Boggs, Alissa Clark, Michelle Ellis – Expansion of Vernier Program for Physics and Chemistry

“It was great to be able to surprise the teachers with the news that their request had been approved!” said Foundation Executive Director Kim Lacy. “It was obvious by their reactions that they were so appreciative of these extra funds to supplement their instruction with their students,” she said.

The foundation is conducting its annual fall fundraising campaign through the end of the year.