Barrington Education Foundation awards $66,452 in grant money

Primrose hill school The BEF is bringing new iPads to Primrose Hill School.

Primrose hill school

The BEF is bringing new iPads to Primrose Hill School.

Barrington Education Foundation has awarded eight grants totaling $66,542 to be distributed among the town’s schools. Grants will be used to fund the following initiatives:

Barrington High School

– A 3-D printer that will enable students to create their own prototypes of a product in disciplines such as engineering, math, science, technology and art.

– Art display boards that will allow for student artwork to be made visible to a larger audience, including the Barrington public. Boards will also help make possible a student-facilitated high school arts night.

– Video streaming equipment that will enable students to produce live broadcasts of school events.

– New lighting and rigging equipment for the auditorium, providing opportunities for students to master the full array of backstage technical skills that support theatrical productions, and allowing performers to experience working in a setting that better approximates a professional theater.

Hampden Meadows, Nayatt, Sowams, and Primrose Hill Schools

– Non-fiction print and e-books for the school library collections. This grant will support the Common Core standards, specifically the need to incorporate more quality non-fiction and ‘informational text’ across all subject areas.

Nayatt, Sowams, and Primrose Hill Schools

– iPads and iPad document camera stands for all teachers in a single grade level at each of the K-3 schools. In this pilot program, the iPad devices will provide a “technology station” for immediate, as well as spontaneous, use throughout the day.

Sowams School

– Kiln. The addition of a kiln will allow students to experience the 3-D processes of working with clay, concepts not afforded by other 3-D materials.

Primrose Hill School

– Ukuleles. This is a first for the music department. The addition of a stringed instrument program will afford all students the opportunity to reap the benefits of instrumental music education.

Now in its 21st year, Barrington Education Foundation champions extraordinary educational opportunities within Barrington Public Schools. Each year, BEF selects grants that best fit its vision in which every public school student receives a world-class education, and is inspired, challenged, and guided to reach his or her greatest potential. Decision-making for grant allocations is a rigorous process. The foundation encourages grant applications from any faculty or staff member within the Barrington School District.

BEF fund-raiser April 2 and 3

The Barrington Education Foundation telethon will take place on April 2 and 3, with thousands of phone calls seeking donations going out to Barrington families. This year’s telethon chairwoman, Kim Hutchings, is pleased to have the support of Brad Faxon as honorary co-chair again.

“BEF has been so fortunate to have the support of the community for the past 20 years, and we are hoping that this year’s telethon will be the most successful to date,” she said. “Donations of any size are welcomed so that BEF can continue to champion extraordinary educational opportunities for all students in the district.”

Donations can also be made anytime on the BEF website www.barringtoneducation.org, or mailed to BEF at 283 County Road, Barrington, RI 02806. Families choosing to donate in advance will not receive a fund-raising call.

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