Foundation hands out grants to Bullitt educational projects

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 SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Bullitt County Foundation for Excellence in Public Education has approved $7,000 in grants to schools.

The money was raised during the 2012 Derby Gala and through employee payroll deductions. A committee of education and business leaders met and distributed the funds.

“We are very proud to announce these grants,” said Foundation Chairperson Judy Cederholm. “I was delighted the foundation could help with additional proposals. More school requests were honored.”

The first Derby Gala raised $7,000. Of that amount, $3,023 benefited four schools.The second Derby Gala doubled the number of school grant recipients.

*Nichols Elementary School was awarded two separate grants. Teachers Amy Ferrell and Erin Summer will invest $1,250 in taking the fourth and fifth grade classes to Fort Boonesborough for them to experience and become more knowledgeable about the lives of early settlers on the frontier.

Nichols art and music instructor Elizabeth Yates will use $800 for the purchase a variety of ORFF kid-friendly musical instruments to encourage creativity and provide an active experiential approach to music. This will benefit all grades.

*Cedar Grove Elementary School was also afforded a pair of grants.

Teacher Stacey Moore will use a portion of $1,300 to purchase a wireless Slam-In Buzzer System for the Academic Team. The remaining funds will be integrated into classroom instruction that will benefit the entire student body.

Cedar Grove teacher Travis Whitworth will spend $350 purchasing an arrow curtain and other materials for the archery program benefiting students in grades three through five.

“We are very excited and proud to receive the two grants provided by the Bullitt County Educational Foundation,” said Principal Andy Moberly. “We know there were many excellent grants written by the different schools in our district. Our teachers who wrote the grant are very appreciative for being selected."

Moberly added Whitworth will be using his grant money to purchase new archery quivers and net behind the targets for our Archery Team and P.E. lessons and teachers Dennis, Moore and Webb will be using their grant money to purchase new buzzer machines for the academic team.

“This buzzer machines can also be used on our classrooms during review games or other instructional activities teachers use in their lessons,” Moberly said.

*Brooks Elementary School chorale teacher Lindsay Buege has $800 to take the fourth graders to see Stage One Family Theatre’s production of The Best Christmas Ever! based upon a book the students will be required to read.

*Bullitt Central High School teachers Peter Rivard, Sara Anderson, Mallory Reid and Steve Johnson have $800 to contract with Walden Theatre to conduct a Shakespeare Seminar entitled Guerilla Shakespeare benefiting freshman and sophomores.

“We are extremely pleased that the committee chose to support an initiative in the field of arts and humanities,” said Library Media Specialist Peter Rivard.

*Lebanon Junction Elementary School teacher Robyn Clemens will contract with Walden Theatre Outreach Artists in a production titled No Turning Back which would help students understand how Kentucky and African American history are interwoven.  This will benefit students in the fourth grade. The grant amount is $500

*Bullitt East High School also has $500 to spend and that funding is directed toward material for sight-singing training benefiting freshman through seniors under the supervision of chorale director Carrie Ann Gary.

*Bernheim Middle School teacher Jennifer Faith has $350 to spend for a Chautauqua presenter with the Kentucky Humanities Council impersonating Kentucky Statesman Henry Clay in a talk with the eighth graders.

*Mount Washington Middle Schools collected $350 from the Foundation. Teacher Matt Murphy will purchase PicoBoards allowing students in grades six through eight to get into the very basics of programming and reading sensors. This has the potential of benefiting more than 400 students.

No school was funded at 100 percent of their requested amount.

Make plans for the 2013 Bullitt County Derby Affair scheduled for Friday, April 26, at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre. A portion of all ticket sales (which are tax deductible) will become grant funds for schools during the 2013-2014 school year.

Bullitt County Public Schools has over 13,000 students in grades kindergarten through 12. There are 25 school facilities, a certified staff of over 900 and a classified staff of over 850 working every school day to make the district the leader in educational excellence.