Classroom Grants – The Impact
Classroom Grants provide valuable resources for our local public schools. Every spring the Foundation provides financial and resource support to public school educators on a district-wide level for high impact, academically proven innovative projects with solid implementation and evaluation plans in the areas of STEM, art, music and wellness. We serve to bridge the gap between the educational community and the business community in Bend, La Pine and Sunriver.
Donated funds pay for innovative programs not mandated or funded by the state or district but which support a quality, equitable education that challenges students and enhances learning. State funding for education is inadequate for many K-12 enrichment programs and resources are limited for funding of innovative programs. The Foundation directly supports hands-on student programs, purchasing equipment and materials, funding visiting artists and scientists and providing an opportunity for educators to provide learning that meets real world needs and student interests. Funding priorities are for high-need schools (Title 1 or high percentage of students on Free & Reduced Meals program) and programs that have a strong connection to BLS curriculum goals and State standards.
The 2019 Classroom Grant program is now CLOSED. Award determinations will be made in early May. We are honored to have awarded over $89,000 to 53 STEM, art, music and wellness classroom grants to teachers/schools in Bend, La Pine & Sunriver in 2018!
Scott McDonald, Instructional Technology Coach, stated “The Education Foundation is an essential partner for all of our schools when it comes to emerging technology in the classroom. This coming school year, students from EVERY Bend-La Pine middle school will have a unique opportunity to fly small programmable drones using code! Learning to write code is challenging. Students who persevere through the curriculum will see their hard work come to life when they are able to make the drones fly intricate patterns and maneuvers using functions and commands that they program themselves. This kind of opportunity would not be possible if not for the classroom grants that the Education Foundation awards to teachers every spring.”
Bend High engineering teacher Gavin Meyers, also a grant recipient states “Bend High’s Engineering Design and Development course guides junior and senior level engineering students through a yearlong process of identifying and solving a problem using engineering principles. The results have been astonishing, with students inventing and/or innovating products such as smartphone apps, skis, snowboards, skateboard brakes, fishing lures, climate control systems, footwear, and much more. Thank you, Education Foundation, for your continued support!”