The Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation (BPSF) recently completed three fall grant cycles, awarding 12 grants to teachers, totaling over $27,500. This year’s fall grant cycles consisted of Classroom Grants, NOKACS Science Grants, and the newly established, Dora Randolph Performing Arts Grant. These grants will enrich educational opportunities for Bartlesville students across all levels – elementary, middle, and high school. BPSF intends to award additional grants during its second Classroom Grant cycle (which closed November 14) and fund Professional Growth and Experts in Residence grants throughout the year.
Fall grants will support projects impacting over half of our schools and enriching education in the areas of art, science, broadcasting, agriculture, language arts, theater, music, and more. Wilson Elementary’s 3rd grade will receive sets of Ozobots – golf ball-sized codeable robots. The broadcasting programs at both Bartlesville High School (BHS) and Central Middle School were awarded funds for equipment to expand students’ skill sets in the area of broadcast journalism. The first grant awarded from the newly implemented Dora Randolph Performing Arts Grant will fund a new soundboard for the Fine Arts Center – benefitting all of the BHS performing arts programs as well as many other groups using the Fine Arts Center for years to come.
Among other innovative grant awards, the Foundation will support the BHS agriculture education program with new equipment, art classes at BHS and Madison Middle School, a joint project between the BHS language arts and theater department, and various science initiatives at the secondary level. The science grants are funded through a partnership the Foundation has with the local chapter of 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 bpsfoundation.org.