April 2011

APRIL 2011: Charity Corner - Foundation For Excellence: Supporting innovative instruction in Beaufort County schools

Author: Ann-Marie Adams

The Beaufort County School District Foundation for Educational Excellence was established in 2007 to support student enrichment activities and projects that are beyond regular school budgets through Teacher Innovation Mini-Grants. The foundation recently distributed funds totaling $4,786.17 to 12 teachers in the Beaufort County School District. A total of 60 mini-grant applications were received from district instructors for access to funds in the foundation’s grant pool.

Projects submitted vary in relationship to the learning objective to be accomplished and can be as simple as providing monies to purchase tickets for students to see a world-class musician or buying supplies to build a mini-robot in a sixth grade class. An innovative grant can be more complex, such as establishing an eco-habitat for native species. The projects currently funded in 2011 include:

• Battery Creek High, Jason Whaley for Pediatric Manikin awarded $500

• Hilton Head Island High, Kim Saul for Math/Science Connection awarded $450

HHI School for Creative Arts, Gretchen Mando, Reading Fluency Aids awarded $381.64

• Lady’s Island Elementary, Patience Russell-Gordon for Building Health & Self Esteem awarded $142.92

• Mossy Oaks Elementary, Miriam Kelley for Learning Patriotic Symbols awarded $294.49

• Okatie Elementary, Julie Fletcher for Literacy Enlightenment awarded: $479.03

• Port Royal Elementary, Theresa Merchant for Sequencing Software awarded $500

• Pritchardville Elementary, Yvonne Small for Mobile Readers awarded $388

• Red Cedar Elementary, Sheila Smith for Language Learners’ Software awarded $239.85

• Robert Smalls Middle, Cindy Sullivan for Rain Garden awarded $500

• Whale Branch Middle, Connie Singleton-Murphy for Butterfly Garden awarded $500

On Friday, April 29, 2011, the foundation will host its annual fundraiser, Celebrate Inspiration, from 6-9 p.m. at The Mall at Shelter Cove. The event, sponsored by Sodexo, will feature international and Lowcountry cuisine, cooking demonstrations, music by Reggie Deas & Friends and live and silent auctions. The cost to attend is $35 per person; tickets can be purchased through the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry’s website:.cf lowcountry.org/learn/rsvp/18.

The Chef, author and entrepreneur is the second to be honored by the foundation.

The event will also recognize and honor one of the school district’s graduates, Chef David Young of Roast Fish & Cornbread. The chef, author and entrepreneur is the second to be honored by the foundation. This award is given annually to acknowledge and celebrate an individual who attended Beaufort County Schools and whose accomplishments have distinguished him/her in their chosen field. The recipient has demonstrated extraordinary dedication to his/her craft and exhibits creativity, vision, talent and enterprise. The passion, skills and success of this individual will influence and inspire Beaufort County students to recognize potential and opportunities and encourage students to invent their own futures. In 2010, the foundation honored artist and Beaufort County School District graduate Jonathan Green.

For more information, visit foundationedexcellence.com or call (843) 322-2306.

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