BALLSTON SPA — The Ballston Spa Education Foundation recently presented grant awards to educators in the Ballston Spa Central School District. This year’s grant awards, which totaled over $10,700, included funds to support a second-grade play at Wood Road Elementary School, a laser cutter for the Ballston Spa High School technology department and a Little Library program at the Milton Terrace Elementary School.
Grants were also awarded to the Ballston Spa Middle School for a geode splitter and headphones for the science department and a Piano Keyboard Lab for the music department.
“On behalf of the school district and staff members who received grant awards, I would like to extend our appreciation to the BSEF board members as they continue to provide for enrichment experiences in our district,” said Superintendent Joseph P. Dragone, of the BSCSD. Further, “I would also like to congratulate the BSEF board of directors on their 20th anniversary and their continued commitment to sustaining enrichment programs in the district.”
With these latest grant awards, the BSEF has, since its inception in 1996, funded almost $340,000 in enrichment grants to the school district. The BSEF is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with an all-volunteer board made up of community members whose mission is to raise and distribute resources for educational enrichment opportunities outside the realm of the daily operational needs of the BSCSD.
The BSEF is celebrating its 20th anniversary this spring and has been conducting a 20 for 20 Campaign. The goal set by the BSEF was to raise $20,000 through their annual appeal for donations that was sent to the community and supporters earlier this spring. It will also host a major fundraiser, the annual Taste of Ballston Spa, on Monday, April 11, 2016, at the Ballston Spa High School. Among other raffles and door prizes, the final highlight of the event will be a drawing for a trip for two to Tuscany, Italy.
For more information, contact the BSEF at P.O. Box 276, Ballston Spa, NY 12020, or visit the website at http://www.ballstonspaeducationfoundation.com/.