Beaverton’s Choice Grants Awarded

Beaverton’s Choice Grants Awarded

With thanks to our generous donors, including the Dave Gettling Technology Fund, The Spirit of New Seasons Market Awards, and the BEF Building STEAM 4 All Program, the Beaverton Education Foundation was able to award $1,500, funding 2 projects this cycle. BEF has awarded $38,750, funding 44 classroom projects so far this academic year. BEF Beaverton’s Choice Grants are awarded monthly.

STEM for Elementary

School: Bethany, Chehalem, Beaver Acres and K-9 BSD Science Expo

Recipient: Susan Holveck

Award: $1000

Hands-on STEM activity kits will be created to use at 4 evening STEM events for students and their families.It is expected that over 4,000 students and their families will be impacted by these events. All BSD Elementary teachers are invited to the K-8 Expo to learn about the kits and see them in action. Lesson plans that have been developed for the hands-on activities and are aligned to NGSS performance expectations will be included as a resource for teachers. Money will be used to create new STEM activity kits and to replenish the consumable supplies of STEM kits that have been created using past BEF grants. Both new and refurbished kits are part of resource library that can be checked out and used by elementary teachers throughout the year in their classrooms or for events like Open Houses, Back to School Nights, Pre-K Parent Nights, after school STEAM Clubs, etc.

 

Ballpoint: Writing for Publication

School: Arts and Communication Magnet Academy

Recipient: Amy Fanning

Award: $500

As a culminating activity, writing students publish their work in a gorgeous, professional anthology through Amazon’s self-publishing arm. Students experience — and take delight in — the seemingly endless revisions required for authentic, real-world publication. This process honors students’ work as artists, and it ignites the passion required for honing craft. Writers feel an immense and lasting sense of pride in their accomplishments as they discover the satisfying discipline of polishing words until they gleam. Each author receives a contributor’s copy of Ballpoint: a literary journal — and participates in an author’s event where we celebrate our journey, read to an audience, and autograph our new books.

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