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Cathy Christian, chorus teacher at BMS and BHS, receives a mini-grant.
Bardstown City Schools (BCS) educators were surprised by the Bardstown Foundation for Excellence in Public Education (BFEPE) recently, during their annual mini-grants prize patrol. The organization distributed $7,200 toward engaging classroom projects at all five schools during surprise visits on September 26.

“Our board members truly enjoy this time of year.  Mini-grants give us the opportunity to help teachers bring their innovative ideas to life and ultimately make a difference for our students,” said Laura Blincoe Ganoe, Foundation President.

Founded in 1985, Bardstown Foundation for Excellence in Public Education is an independent non-profit organization operating exclusively to enhance learning opportunities for students in Bardstown City Schools. With the help and support of community sponsors and the generous monthly contributions of BCS employees, the Foundation awards teacher grants to creative classroom projects and also invests in major projects like the STEAM Academy.

“None of the work that we are able to do would be possible without the support of businesses and individuals throughout our community and we are most grateful for that support,” said Ganoe.

The grants of up to $700 each are designed to provide funds to implement creative and innovative instructional programs in the classrooms for which federal, state or local funds are not available. This year, two mini-grants were awarded despite the request being for more than the $700 maximum.
After reviewing all applications, foundation board members awarded 10 grants ranging from $500 to $951.23.

“We are very fortunate to have an incredible support organization like the Bardstown Foundation for Excellence in Education,” Superintendent Ryan Clark said. “These mini-grants promote our teachers' innovative spirit and provides our students unique educational experiences.”

The 2018-19 mini-grant recipients, and their projects, are:
  • Abbie Grabbert, Bardstown Early Childhood – Science center to enhance preschool curriculum for all 345 students.
  • Marci Ballard, Bardstown Primary School – Computer coding program for all 650 primary students.
  • Lisa Hamilton, Bardstown Primary School – QR code project to increase literacy independence
  • Jackie Crigler and Laura Montgomery – Bardstown Primary School, Fine motor skills workstations
  • Andrea Greer, Bardstown Elementary School – Microscopes and slides to provide all fourth graders a hands-on learning opportunity. 
  • Kevin Payton, Bardstown Middle School – Student led spirit store that will give students an opportunity to build leadership and managerial skills.
  • Jeremy Shultz, Bardstown Middle School – Robotics kits to start a VEX Robotics competition team.
  • Cathy Christian, Bardstown Middle School/Bardstown High School – Instruments and instructional aids that will allow students to explore music through the middle and high school chorus program. 
  • Lee Brothers and Amanda Smith, Bardstown High School – Forensic anthropology project for forensic science and anatomy students.
  • Todd Shuck, Bardstown Alternative School – Citizenship project 

The Foundation will soon conduct its annual fall fundraising campaign through the end of the year.

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