Each April, the Education Foundation awards Payroll Deduction Grants to benefit the students in the Berea School District.
Berea School District employees generously contribute money to this fund through payroll deduction and participate in the selection of recipients. Since its inception, The Foundation has received more than $90,000 via the Payroll Deduction Program. These grants can be awarded to staff or students.
This year the Payroll Deduction Committee and the Trustees of the Education Foundation are excited to announce the recipients of the April 2015 Payroll Deduction Grants totaling $3,735. The grant projects are as follows:
The Wonder Project
Applicant: Stephanie Cox Awarded: $1075
The Wonder Project teaches students how to show compassion and kindness and to look past physical disabilities and differences of others. Students from Grindstone and Brookview will work together to discover, and explore the possibilities that lie within each other when they look beyond surface features as they read the novel Wonder. Funds will be used to purchase books. 100 4th-grade students in Grindstone and Brookview Elementary Schools will benefit from this grant.
National Youth Leadership Forum
Applicant: Haley Daulton and Parents Awarded: $400.00
Third grader, Haley Daulton was nominated by Principal Mike Kostyack to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to STEM in Washington DC. Funds will assist in covering registration for the program.
After School Reading Program
Applicants: Shannon Lazarus & Sean Cook Awarded: $660.00
Kindergarten students will be given the opportunity to join an after school club that focuses on reading and literary skills. This allows BCSD youngest learners to have additional support with the increasing demands of our Common Core. Funds will be used to purchase books.
Up to 112 Big Creek Kindergarten students will benefit from this grant.
Hands-on Science: Owl Pellet Dissection
Applicants: Lori Mucha & Misty Boscarello Awarded: $600.00
Two third grade classes will explore and analyze wildlife in a thematic unit focused on life cycles, relationships with the environments, and the scientific method. Students will be able to read about owls, explore owl pellets, and research a variety of species. Using these resources will help them to gain understanding of the interdependence of animals. Funds will be used to purchase owl pellets and supplies.
50 3rd-grade students will benefit from this grant.
Applicants: Ryan Peoples Awarded: $1000.00
AVID is comprised of students who project well academically, but who, through one setback or another, need some extra help developing latent skills, study habits, and confidence in their own potential. This program traditionally and statistically underserved segments of the populations, including minority students. Funds will be used to assist in teacher training.
75-110 9th-12th-grade students will benefit from this grant.
Congrats to all recipients!
Next round of Payroll Deduction Grant Applications will be available in September 2015. The Education Foundation is NOW accepting Enrichment Grant Applications (due May 22, 2015) from BCSD Staff Members.