Five Star Education Foundation awards over $100K in grants

Thursday, December 14, 2017 - 12:30pm

Grant recipients will use funds to further equip students for success

This fall the Five Star Education Foundation awarded over $100,000 to Adams 12 Five Star Schools.   The Foundation awarded over $45,000 for 17 grants to employees throughout the district as well as more than $62,000 to Bollman Technical Education Center (BTEC). 

The Foundation created the Five Star Fund in 2014 to provide grants to district employees for programs and activities that go beyond the district’s limited budget.  The grants ranging from a few hundred dollars up to $5,000 allow teachers to introduce innovative projects to students in the district.  The funds will be used for a wide variety of projects from Makerspaces, library make-overs, curriculum for social and emotional learning and even a wash room facility at Vantage Point Alternative High School.

This year the Foundation received 68 grant applications requesting over $255,000 in funding.  It took over a month for a group of volunteers from the Foundation to review each grant multiple times to get to the group of 17 grant recipients this year. 

“There is such great need for funding in our schools and we do not have the resources to reward all of the amazing work being done for our students,” said Five Star Education Foundation Executive Director Mary Litwiler. “It is very difficult to choose from the many worthy projects.”

Some of the exciting projects funded this year include:  

  • RocketLit Online Reading Program” – Westlake Middle School
    A $4,800 grant will go to an online reading and comprehension program geared toward science so students can learn to “write like a scientist”.
  • “Assessment of Fitness in Physical Education Using FitnessGram@” – Middle and High School PE classes
    This $2,745 grant will be used in PE classes for a non-competitive health-related fitness assessment to measure the level of fitness needed for good health.
  • Sensory Cart” – Malley Drive Elementary School
    The $5000 grant will be used to buy various sensory-based materials and supports for kindergartners.
  • Drums Alive Drumtastic@” – Stellar Elementary School
    A $2,844 grant will be used to purchase materials for a music and movement program to enhance social, emotional and physical learning.

For the past year, the Foundation has been actively seeking partners in the community to help provide resources to the valuable Career Technical Education programming provided by BTEC.  This programming provides students with multiple pathways to be successful after graduation.  Through these efforts the Foundation is able to give BTEC more than $60,000 in funding this year. This additional funding allows:

  • Students to acquire auto and diesel industry recognized certifications.
  • The purchase of electrical simulation boards to safely teach students real-world electrical wiring in construction classes.
  • The purchase of newer hybrid automobiles so that students in automotive classes can learn with the latest technology.

The Five Star Education Foundation uses the generous contributions from the community to equip students for future success. By investing in programs and resources that provide hands-on, real-world experiences students are uniquely prepared to compete and succeed after graduation. 

“We believe that every student in Adams 12 Five Star Schools deserves the opportunity to gain the skills needed to succeed in life, no matter what future path she or he takes,” said Litwiler.