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BCS Foundation Awards Grants to Teachers
BCS Foundation Awards Grants to Teachers
Posted on 10/06/2021
Hominy Valley Elementary School Media Specialist Jennifer Anderson will use her grant funding to add front-facing book displays to the school’s media center.Pictured: Hominy Valley Elementary School Media Specialist Jennifer Anderson will use her grant funding to add front-facing book displays to the school’s media center.

By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

The Buncombe County Schools Foundation (BCSF) has awarded 15 grants to help teachers maximize learning in their classrooms.

The grants, totaling more than $15,000, provide wide-ranging benefits to teachers and their students. One grant will pay for new instruments for the A.C. Reynolds Middle School strings program. Another will fund the purchase of interactive model eyes and ears for a science classroom at Enka Intermediate School.

Hominy Valley Elementary School Media Specialist Jennifer Anderson will use her grant funding to add front-facing book displays to the school’s media center. Unlike the normal shelving that presents books facing spine out, these clear, labeled tubs will store books about a single topic with the cover facing out.

“That orientation will make it easier for beginning and struggling readers to see the pictures on the covers and understand what the books are about,” Ms. Anderson said. “This will help them grow an excitement for reading. We’re ready to order those tubs and get started giving our students easier access to books.”

BCSF provides monies and in-kind donations for innovative and creative programs, student and employee scholarships, and additional teacher requests that cannot be met through regular funding methods. This school year, the Foundation is offering two teacher grant cycles totaling $30,000. The next round of grant funding will open on Jan. 10, 2022.

“Buncombe County Schools Foundation is pleased to offer grants to assist in students' learning,” said BCSF Executive Director Christy Cheek. “We hope these grants allow the recipients to move their classes forward using these funds to go above and beyond in their classrooms and schools. The BCS Foundation is always proud to work with BCS and it is our goal to enhance and support curriculum and school endeavors. Congratulations to the grant recipients. We have awesome educators, and it is a blessing for the Foundation to assist them however we can.”

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