Educators Awarded BSEF Grants
The Ballston Spa Education Foundation (BSEF) recently presented over $15,000 in Spring 2019 grant awards to educators in the Ballston Spa Central School District for educational enrichment projects throughout the district. The inaugural BSEF/Fred Reiners Memorial Grant for Educational Enrichment was awarded to Caitlin Iannotti, Carolyn Mitchell and Michelle Greco at Gordon Creek Elementary School for $8,851 to build an outdoor classroom. The outdoor classroom will be a space where students will have an opportunity to be inquisitive about the world around them, and have opportunities to explore, touch and learn things through different experiences.
Additionally, the recent spring grant cycle included the following awards: $1,497 given to Valerie Valla at the Ballston Spa Middle School to purchase three life-size skeletons, complete with organ models representing how muscles, ligaments and blood vessels interact with the bones; $3,477 to Mike Fisher, Jered Marcantonio, Justin Pangie and Jason Walton to purchase a SawStop professional table saw for the Ballston Spa High School woodshop; and $1,498 to Laura Haubrich for the purchase of rolling carts for the xylophones at Gordon Creek Elementary School, making the xylophones more accessible to students.
With these latest grant awards, the BSEF has, since its inception in 1996, funded over $386,000 in enrichment grants to the school district. The Ballston Spa Education Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization with an all-volunteer board made up of community members whose mission is to raise and distribute resources for educational enrichment opportunities outside the realm of the daily operational needs of the Ballston Spa Central School District.
For more information, please contact the BSEF at P.O. Box 276, Ballston Spa, NY 12020, or visit the website at https://www.bspaedfoundation.com/.
Ballston Spa Education Foundation’s Holly Barker-Flynn (L) and Melissa Kreider (R) presented the Spring 2019 Grant Awards to Ballston Spa faculty and staff at a Board of Education meeting. Shown with them at the meeting are school representatives (l-r) Laura Haubrich, Val Valla, Caitlin Iannotti, Carolyn Mitchell, Michelle Greco and Mike Fisher.