Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation awards over $15,000 to teachers during fall grant cycles

Written by Mia Archambo, BPS Foundation Intern, Class of 2022.

The Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation (BPSF) just completed two fall grant cycles, awarding 11 grants to teachers, totaling $15,300.  This year’s fall grant cycles consisted of Classroom Grants and NOKACS Science Grants, coordinating to enrich educational opportunities for Bartlesville students across six school sites.  BPSF will award additional grants during its second Classroom Grant cycle (closing November 15) and funding Professional Growth and Experts in Residence grants throughout the year. 

Funded grants during the fall cycle will support projects across six school sites, spanning subject areas from science to music. Two elementary music teachers, Daryl Lickliter at Wilson and Klaire Linick at Kane, were awarded grants to enhance the music program at their sites, funding ukuleles for their students.  Kelsey Bridges and other teachers at Ranch Heights Elementary, received a grant to bring agriculture education into the classroom.  This will serve as a pilot program, giving some Bartlesville elementary students a taste of an agriculture curriculum before they can enroll in courses at the secondary level.  Bartlesville High School counselors received funding to help first-generation college students attain their post-secondary goals by visiting college campuses as part of the college selection process.   Among other inspiring grants, the Foundation is also supporting broadcasting at Central and various science initiatives at Bartlesville High School and Wayside Elementary through grants funded by the Northern Oklahoma American Chemical Society.  

For more information on these grants, other initiatives of BPSF, and how to support BPSF programs, contact BPSF executive director, Blair Ellis at 918-336-8600 ext 3523 or visit the BPSF’s website at 

Photo Identifier (left to right): Masud Monwar (Northern Oklahoma ACS committee member), Michael Harp (BHS Assistant Principal), Mandy Lumbley (BHS Assistant Principal), Marsha Fouts (BHS Counselor), Josh Wolfe (BHS Counselor), Marci Beckley (BHS Counselor), Blair Ellis (BPSF Executive Director), Cindy Wray (BPSF Board Member), LaDonna Chancellor (BHS Principal), and Eliot Smith (BHS Freshman Academy Principal).