BPS Foundation receives local grants to support its Elementary STEM Initiative

The Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation (BPSF) received four grant awards during the Bartlesville Community Foundation’s Spring 2018 Grant Cycle. Funds will be used to support BPSF’s Elementary STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Initiative across all elementary schools and a new mentor and running program at two sites.


In an effort to fund Phase II of its Elementary STEM Initiative and reach its fundraising target of $100,000, BPSF applied for many local, state, and national grants.  Earlier this month, BPSF was awarded three local grants to fund the Initiative for the 2018-2019 academic year.  BPSF received a Service League Grant, Fund for Bartlesville Grant, and Flash Philanthropy Grant – all administered by the Bartlesville Community Foundation.  Funds from these awards to BPSF total $9,000.


Funds raised this year for the Elementary STEM Initiative will cover most of the costs to maintain the District’s Project Lead the Way Launch STEM curriculum and expand the program to include biomedical and engineering modules across all kindergarten through fifth grades. The District will integrate the new modules into the computer science modules already in the classrooms.  Funds will also supply additional iPads at the elementary schools.

The fourth grant BPSF received was the Bartlesville Community Foundation’s $25,000 collaboration grant, funding a partnership between BPSF, Run the Streets, and the Richard Kane YMCA to create an after-school mentor and running program for fifth graders at Wayside and Kane elementary schools.  This program will begin August 2018.


“The committees evaluating these grants are comprised of local community members.  The generous awards to BPSF highlights the value our community places on public education and the support they continue to provide to our District,” stated Blair Ellis, BPSF executive director.  “BPSF’s role is to encourage and facilitate this kind of private support for our local public schools. We look forward to giving a complete update on our 2017-2018 Elementary STEM Campaign at the District’s next School Board Meeting on May 21st.”


For more information on the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation and its Elementary STEM Initiative, visit www.bpsfoundation.org, or call Blair Ellis at 918-336-8600, ext 3523.