Barrington Education Foundation awarding $44.5K in grants

A BEF grant will bring new scroll saws to Barrington Middle School's wood shop program. A BEF grant will bring new scroll saws to Barrington Middle School's wood shop program.

A BEF grant will bring new scroll saws to Barrington Middle School's wood shop program.

A BEF grant will bring new scroll saws to Barrington Middle School’s wood shop program.

The Barrington Education Foundation last week announced that it filled eight grants totaling $44,549. The grants will be distributed to the six public schools in Barrington for a variety of new purchases, including scroll saws for the middle school wood shop and iPad minis for Primrose Hill.

Each year, BEF selects grants that best fit its vision in which “every public school student receives a world class education while also inspired, challenged and guided to reach his or her greatest potential.”

BEF, which is celebrating its 22nd year, encourages grant applications from any faculty or staff member within the Barrington School District. The foundation has awarded more than $1 million in grants to local schools.

Sowams School:

• Farm Stand Fresh, a free-standing garden that will allow for hands-on learning in science, math and art. In addition, it will provide children the opportunity to understand the importance of being an active community member as they become involved in donating produce to food banks, selling to the community, and using proceeds for charitable giving.

Primrose Hill School:

• 12 iPad minis, 12 cases and a portable cart for the literacy coach and enrichment specialist to use throughout the grades K-3 as a tool to help students collaborate, communicate and think critically and creatively.

Nayatt, Sowams and Primrose Hill Schools:

• Innovative software and licensing for the K-3 library labs. The purchase of Pixie software will provide librarians and teachers with a technological resource aimed at expanding upon and enriching the science curriculum.

Hampden Meadows School:

• Friendship bench. Construction of a circular bench that will be used as part of a program designed to promote social skills and encourage empathy and social acceptance.

• 15 Paper White Kindles and a gift card toward the purchase of eBooks, with the goal of increasing circulation, supporting book groups in reading workshop, and promoting readership among students that may not always be reached through traditional print materials.

Barrington Middle School:

• Math enrichment and remediation. This grant will allow for the purchase of 36 iPad minis with protective cases. These devices will run specific math applications for individual enrichment, aid in automaticity of basic math facts and other remediation, encourage professional development among math educators through greater collaboration, and allow for group interactive mathematics problem-solving.

• Wood Shop. $3,000 grant towards the purchase of 5 scroll saws and accessories, plus portable sanders. These tools are better designed for middle school students to enable state-of-the-art projects in class time and for after school enrichment programs.

Barrington High School:

• Science Department. The purchase of 16 Dell laptop computers with special stands specifically designed for the science labs in order to implement science practices through technology, and allow experiment simulations and virtual labs to bring students up to new levels in physics, biology and chemistry.

Take a look at a newly created video that shares the story of BEF.

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