Key Blaine County Education Foundation Programs
Due to the generous support from many organizations and individuals in the community, the Blaine County Education Foundation is currently providing support for these key programs:
Can Do Fund. Available to students with financial needs to pay for school related expenses. This fund was created to help meet the needs of students and families who are struggling financially. The best source of information is school social workers, principals and secretaries. All of the requests are confidential.
Grants to educators. Up to $500.00 per teacher is available to all Blaine County School District teachers. Funds are available to meet classroom needs aligned with the BCSD Strategic Plan and the mission and values of the BCEF. The grants are designed to fund innovative projects with clearly identified outcomes and measurements. The BCEF is committed to equitable education opportunities among all 8 schools in the district. Grants are evaluated by the grant committee and given final approval by the BCEF board.
Professional development. The BCEF provides scholarships for the CSI Summer Spanish Institute. This week-long intensive program provides a rich oppurtunity for educators to develop Spanish language proficiency to better communicate with Spanish speaking students.
Educational Enhancement Program. The BCEF started an after school educational enhancement program in five of the eight schools in the BCSD. Several schools focused on math enrichment, the high school established an after school drop in tutoring program and the alternative school created a social learning program. Many of the children participating in these programs have significant financial disadvantages. This program was funded by BCEF unrestricted funds, individual donations and grants. In the 2013-2014 school year, the BCEF hopes to increase the offerings so that every child with a need can receive the additional educational enhancements to be successful.
Student Scholarships. Various groups and individuals in the community have established scholarships for graduating Wood River High School students. The BCEF provides investment and administrative functions for the scholarships. Approximately, 12 scholarships administered by the BCEF are provided each year.