Recently, George Neptune from the Abbe Museum of Bar Harbor visited Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary’s 2nd grade to give a presentation on the Wabanaki Native American tribes of Maine in conjunction with the revised social studies curriculum. The interactive presentation, funded through a grant from Brunswick Community Education Foundation, gave students the chance examine Wabanaki cultural objects while learning about the customs of the four tribes of the Wabanaki Nation.
Incoming 9th graders to Brunswick High School attended a day of team building at Camp Ketcha to start the 2016-2017 school year. Funds to make the day possible were provided though a grant from Brunswick Community Education Foundation. To see a video of the Camp Ketcha adventure, read the Times Record article detailing the day’s happenings or see photos of this and other grants, please visit our Grants in Action 2016 page.
Recently, we assembled this year’s grant awardees for an orientation meeting at the Brunswick Junior High School Library. It was inspiring as each recipient briefly outlined their grant for the rest of those gathered. Several of the new grants are already underway and we will begin updating you on their progress soon! The Times Record published our press release regarding the new grants. You can read it here. Thank you for your continued support.
Thanks to our Business Partners and individual donors, over $40,000 will be awarded to fund 23 different projects in amounts ranging from $400 to $5000 spread throughout Brunswick’s 4 public schools. Grants include the purchase of a variety of differentiated fiction and non-fiction texts for the Baxter Book Room at Coffin, stereo-microscopes for Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary, a Hoop House style greenhouse and growing materials for Brunswick Junior High, and a team building experience at Camp Ketcha for all incoming 9th graders at Brunswick High School. To see the full amazing list, click here. Stayed tuned for updates on our Grants in Action page!
Our goal at the BCEF is to enhance the education of all Brunswick’s students in significant ways. With many of the grants from our very first grant cycle still under way, we’ve really just begun, but by seeing the impact of similar, longer established organizations around the country, we know that the possibilities are tremendous. We are accumulating feedback and data from our grant recipients in various forms to evaluate the effectiveness of the initial round of grants so we can make smart decisions moving forward. Recently, we received a letter from Brunswick Junior High science teacher Jayme Sheheult that we found inspiring and has motivated us to keep the momentum going. He was the recipient of a grant for Aquaponics (check out our Grants in Action page to learn what that is) and was also a participant in another grant that involved multiple teachers. Check out his letter to get a feel for the impact your donations can have and are already having.