BCEF awards $5,000 in grants to BCSC

(Batesville, IN) – The Batesville Community Education Foundation (BCEF) awarded $5,000 to three projects at the Batesville Community School Corporation (BCSC) during its spring 2024 grant cycle. Each of these projects is focused on a different technique to help students succeed.

  • Batesville Middle School (BMS) seventh-grade social studies teacher Travis Smith was awarded funds to purchase an additional horseshoe-shaped table and accompanying stools for his classroom. Smith reported that the students enjoy working in small groups with him at the current table he has like this—previously funded by BCEF—so much so, that he realized a second table would provide even more benefit. Student engagement, especially among those students who are more likely to participate when in a smaller group, has increased since the first table was installed last year.
  • BMS counselor Bridgitte Price received a grant to help fund a new event, the “Bulldog Ready Summit,” for all eighth graders on May 3. The summit will allow students to work with community agencies and partners who are donating their time to help the students experience life as a 27-year-old for one day. In the afternoon, students will hear from the community agencies and partners through a panel discussion to learn more about their journey into their careers today. This will allow them to learn about trade careers as well as careers that require a college diploma. The full-day experience will be continually offered for all eighth graders throughout the years to come.
  • A new program to help students address anxiety, stress, and lack of emotional control will be piloted at Batesville High School and Batesville Middle School, thanks to a BCEF grant. BCSC wellness coordinator Lisa Tuveson has been awarded funds to bring the HeartMath program to the schools. Through the grant, a select number of school counselors will be trained and computers/materials will be purchased so the program can launch in the fall. HeartMath’s goal is to teach participants to reduce stress and balance their emotions using their heart rhythm as one indicator.

“This was a unique grant cycle for BCEF because the grants awarded are not academic in nature,” said executive director Anne Wilson. “Instead, they focus on learning environments or real-world experiences, which also have a deep effect on students’ success. As the new Bulldog Ready initiative launches at BCSC in the fall, focusing on community-connected opportunities for learning, we will likely see more of these types of BCEF grants in the future.”

The Batesville Community Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides additional funding for innovative learning opportunities that go beyond the basics in academics, athletics, and the arts in the Batesville public schools, enhancing the educational environment for all students.

More information about BCEF can be found at BatesvilleEducationFoundation.org or Wilson may be contacted at [email protected].

(Batesville Community Education Foundation press release)