Thanks to our generous donors, we were able to award $20,000 in enrichment and innovation grants!
|Science with Sensors – Measuring our Universe!||Schelle & Tony||Sehome|
|Microscopic Observations, Major Impact||Kate Baehr||Family Homeschool Partnership|
|The ANTS Go Marching! Animals As Natural Therapy||Katherine Kyrt||Special Education|
|Ready, Steady, Go! Movement for Learning||Danene Park||Happy Valley Preschool|
|Commitment to Diversity: Celebrating LGBTQ in our Middle School Libraries||Stephanie Schlotterback||Fairhaven|
|Hoop House Battery Backup||Jeff Coulter||Whatcom|
|Feeding our Future: Cooking and Baking with BSD’s Littlest Learners||Kari Lee||Happy Valley Preschool|
|Time with Animals to Build Self-Confidence and Regulation||Mary Sepler||Lowell|
|Second Grade Wiggles!||Lingbloom/Hawes/Candini||Northern Heights|
|The gift of 80,000 books||Julie Davis||Alderwood|
|Happy Valley Time Capsule||Karen Toliver||Happy Valley|
|Zones Tool Kits||Robin Russell||Roosevelt|
|Math and literacy enrichment and intervention technology||Matt Whitten||Birchwood|
|Class Set of Half the Sky||Shannon Eubank||Sehome|
|Documentaries for Civics!||Piper Myrtle||Sehome|
|Nurturing reluctant writers||Donna Richards||Northern Heights|
|Trauma-Informed Practices for All Staff||Paul Gutzler||Wade King|
|Supporting student needs through adaptive technology||Julie Batten||Columbia|
|Creating a Non Fiction Resource Library for IB||Nicole Lingbloom||Alderwood|
|What Lights You Up?||Nicole Talley||Silver Beach|
|Amazing Animal Art||Julia Ritchie||Geneva|
|Comprehensive Coordination of Afterschool Enrichment||Amy Berreth||Sunnyland|
|Creating a Positive School Culture||Byron Gerard||Options High School|
|Elementary Gymnastics Superstars||Jessica Sankey||Elementary P.E. Supplies|
Thanks to our generous donors, we were able to award $12,500 in Impact grants!
$5,000 Impact Grant goes to Shuksan Middle School’s Students Leading Students mentor program!
This student mentor program is an innovative approach that develops student leadership capacity to facilitate conversations which support the growth of positive school culture. The program is based on Restorative Practices, which “seek to develop good relationships and restore a sense of community in an increasingly disconnected world.”
Middle school students today continue to face the same concerns we did in school, but they also have the added burden of navigating complex issues such as: social media addiction, substance abuse, self-harm, nutrition, and adverse childhood experiences. Students need a high level of skill to act as resources of support. This program will support mentors to express their concerns for peers, advocate for change, assist others, and create a strong sense of belonging for all students in the school.
In 2017-2018, grant funds will train 50 student mentors to lead conversations in extended learning classes throughout the year including a two-day summer institute. We especially value the ability to reach out to “non-traditional” student leaders for this role.
These mentors will have an impact on all 600+ students in the school, through an increase in student voice and opportunities to practice meaningful conversation.
We are thrilled to be able to support Shuksan’s school community with this award!
$5,000 Impact Grant to help Build a Resilient School Community at Cordata Elementary School!
With the support of BPSF, Cordata will be able to train all school staff members in the principles of positive discipline using a trauma-informed approach. Cordata experiences high levels of challenging behavior, with a large population of students who suffer the effects of childhood trauma and chronic stress.
Through a 15-hour professional development training with a Seattle based non-profit, they will develop consistent classroom-based practices that are grounded in brain research. This work puts into action the core beliefs that every child should be loved, and that the whole child is important. We are so EXCITED to make this investment in their school community.
The BRIDGES Program at Squalicum High School was our final Impact Grant award winner for 2017!
The BRIDGES program will put their $2,500 award towards seed money to launch a student run BRIDGES BREWS Coffee Shop. The coffee shop will provide an authentic job opportunity to help students who are profoundly impacted by their emotional and behavioral disorders (EBD) acquire relevant job and life skills .
Individuals with EBD experience longer delays in obtaining employment after graduation, are more likely to be employed part time and hold multiple short term jobs rather than single, long term employment. This opportunity is designed to connect and integrate BRIDGES students with their school community, build peer and staff relationships, and learn responsibility while building leadership skills and self esteem.
By supporting the district’s EBD program, we are placing faith and value in a population of students who do not always experience love through interactions at home, school and in our community.
We are eagerly awaiting our first cup of coffee! Hurrah!!!