Elementary STEM Initiative nearly halfway to fundraising goal

posted Oct 31, 2017, 2:51 PM by Granger Meador   [ updated Oct 31, 2017, 2:52 PM ]
After an event on Tuesday, October 24, 2017, the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation is close to reaching the half-way point in its $100,000 campaign to raise funds for the 2018-2019 expansion of the Elementary STEM Initiative. In September, the Foundation announced its continued support of the district’s efforts to implement Project Lead the Way’s Launch STEM curriculum in all kindergarten through fifth grade classrooms in the district.

An invite-only Scholar Society Reception was held Tuesday evening at the Hopestone Loft. During the reception, Mark Wilburn, executive director of the Truity Education Foundation, presented a $25,000 donation to the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation to support the STEM Initiative.

“We value our partnership with the Truity Education Foundation and appreciate its continued support of our schools,” said Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation Executive Director Blair Ellis. “This contribution brings us a long way towards our goal.”

Since the announcement of its goal in September, the Foundation has received several other significant donations, including $5,000 contributions from the Bartlesville Association of Realtors and Truity Education Foundation and a $1,500 donation from Truity Credit Union. Funds raised will maintain and expand the STEM curriculum the district is piloting this year in its elementary schools.

The Scholar Society Reception included a presentation on the district’s STEM program by Superintendent Chuck McCauley along with STEM lab demonstrations led by elementary teachers and students. Guests reviewed the same hands-on activities students experience in their classrooms. BancFirst sponsored the event with assistance from Keleher Architects, BancFirst Insurance Services, Inc., Doenges Family of Autos, and Musselman Abstract.

The event closed with a live auction, featuring items and services provided by local teachers. The Foundation split auction proceeds between the Elementary STEM Initiative and the teachers who provided the items for bid. Officials estimate the event netted over $11,000, with about $4,000 of that going directly to the teachers who provided the auction items.

“It was an amazing night. Our guests enjoyed interacting with the STEM modules. They were impressed by what our kids are learning in the classrooms,” said Ellis, “and the success of the live auction surprised everyone - neighbors and friends bidding against each other, all for a great cause. Our community values education and wants to support and impact our teachers and students at the local level. Contributing to the Foundation is an effective way to do that.”
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Blair Ellis
Community members are urged to contact Blair Ellis, the executive director of the Bartlesville Public Schools Foundation, for more information on how they can support the STEM Initiative. 

Her email is EllisB@bps-ok.org and her phone is (918) 336-8600 ext. 3523. Supporters can also directly donate at the Foundation’s website, bpsfoundation.org, by clicking on Donate and then the “Elementary STEM initiative” link.