Over $20,000 has been awarded in grants to educational projects by the Bullitt County Foundation for Excellence in Public Education.
The largest amount of $2,000 was given to three separate entities:
- What I Need (WIN) at Mt. Washington Elementary School
- Clark County Airport field trip for the Bullitt County Area Technology Center’s aviation class
- Summer camp sponsored Cedar Grove, Lebanon Junction, Mt. Washington and Roby Elementary School Family Resource Center Coordinators Tammy Perdew and Jacey Smothers.
“Our camps are geared for third through sixth grade,” Perdew said. “We host cooking camp, sewing camp and explorers’ camp. We learn the basics of cooking and the kids get to cook all throughout the week and this camp is in collaboration with 4-H and UK. In sewing camp, the students will spend the week learning techniques to sewing but spend most of the week making a quilt. Explorers’ camp, is a week-long educational field trip. Last year, we went to Kentucky Down Under, Mammoth Cave, Salito Wildlife, and Raptor Rehab. We made lunch at Wick’s Pizza and visited Claudia Sanders Dinner House.”
Smothers said she and Perdew are very excited about the funding and what it offers students in terms of educational enrichment.
“During the month of July 2018, summer camps will be offered to Bullitt County elementary aged students,” she said. “One of these camps will focus on exploring famous and historic landmarks in Kentucky. The students will take daily field trips during their week long ‘Explore Kentucky’ camp. The field trips will include the old and new Capitol in Frankfort, the Governor’s Mansion, Mammoth Cave, American Printing House for the Blind, and many more.”
Smothers added during other weekly camps, students will have the opportunity to acquire new skills by participating in a culinary and sewing camp. Students will learn about nutrition as they engage in hands-on activities associated with food preparation that involves handling food and cooking equipment.
“Students will learn lifetime skills through practicing basic math skills such as counting, weighing, measuring, tracking time; they also gain social skills by working together and communicating in the kitchen,” she said.
“Sewing camp will teach students a useful life skill with lifelong practical applications and many health benefits. Sewing requires concentration and focus, problem solving skills, hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills,” Smothers said.
Mt. Washington Elementary Science Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Lab Teacher Carla Young was awarded $1,991.69 for Coding and Robotics.
“I will be purchasing 4 Mindstorm EV3 core sets and a Wonder Workshop Dot robot for my robotics club as well as 2 WeDo LEGO sets for my classroom,” she said.
Bernheim Middle School earned $1,989.83 for 3D Printers.
Bullitt Central High School Library Media Specialist Christy Prasch wrote a successful application for $1,700 to help sponsor an annual Reading Fling.
Special Education Consultant Jennifer Fletcher was also successful in her application for $1,600 to plan a College, Career and Transition Fair.
“Our College, Career and Community Transition Fair is held each spring to help our students with disabilities become familiar with the resources available within our community,” Fletcher explained. “Last year we had 65 agencies, employers, and colleges that attended our fair. All students who qualify for special education services are invited to our event that we hold during the school day at one of the high schools.
During the event, Fletcher said they break the visit up into two sections.
“Students will get to visit the fair and talk to each of the agencies, employers, and colleges,” she said. “Students will also have the opportunity to have small group table talks with an employer concerning important areas when searching and sustaining a career such as employability skills, resumes, and interview techniques. This is a huge event that doesn’t take place without the collaboration of Options Unlimited and many of our BCPS employees. Our culinary programs get involved with refreshments for our vendors and last year, we had the Cougar Café make coffee for our guests. In addition to inviting our 400+ students with disabilities, we also had other districts within the OVEC region come and experience our fair as well. It’s a great time for our students and we hope to continue to grow and add new pieces of the puzzle for our students each year.”
Hebron Middle School receives an allocation of $1,574.95 for Speech and Debate.
District Director of College and Career Readiness Lee Barger and Shannon Hall, Principal of the Bullitt Alternative Center, Riverview Opportunity Center and Spring Meadows Children’s Home, collaborated on a successful $1,541.22 Project Lead The Way Grant.
Several $1,000 awards were allotted:
- Cedar Grove Elementary School’s first and second grade students will benefit from iPads.
- Cedar Grove also receives a separate $1,000 allocation for iPads solely for second grade.
- Old Mill Elementary School saw funding for its Passion Project (iPads).
Eastside Middle School was awarded $673.59 for a Musical Outreach Program.
The Foundation raises funds through payroll deductions, donations and a live auction each spring. For more information, please contact district volunteer coordinator Sheila Cox at Shelia.firstname.lastname@example.org.