Local Schools Awarded Share Of $100,000 In Foundation Grants

October 12, 2017

The Escambia County Public Schools Foundation (ECPS) presented close to $100,000 in 2017-2018 Grants for Excellence to teams from 21 Escambia County School District schools at a reception Wednesday at the J.E. Hall Center.

The ECPS Foundation board is implementing a new hallmark for its Grants for Excellence (GFE) initiative, “All aBoard!” In addition to receiving their checks Wednesday night, representatives from the winning teams also met their new foundation “All aBoard” liaison.

“Every school that receives a GFE grant this year will be matched with an individual liaison from the foundation’s board of directors,” said Kristie Kelley, ECPS Foundation board chair. “These liaisons will be the bridge between classroom grants winners and funding sources and partners, thereby making the term  ‘grants in action’ a fresh and fun reality.”

The mission of the Escambia County Public Schools Foundation is to enhance education in Escambia County by investing in children’s futures to ensure they graduate on-time and are college, or career, ready. The Foundation receives dollar-for-dollar matching funds for their Grants for Excellence program from the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations through the Legislature’s Local Education Foundation Matching Grant Program. In this way, they are able to leverage the dollars they raise for maximum benefit to students and teachers in Escambia County.

The grant winners are:

  • Jim C. Bailey Middle, Grades 6-8, “Launch the Bus Challenge Breakout EDU” (STEM and Literacy)
  • Bellview Elementary, Grades K-5, “IMPACT-Integrated Media Program that Accesses Creative Technology” (STEM and Literacy)
  • Brown-Barge Middle, Grades 6-8, “Manned Flight” (STEM and Literacy)
  • Ensley Elementary, Grades 3 and 5, “What’s New in the World?” (Literacy)
  • Escambia High, Grades 9-12, “STEAMY Gumbo: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Learning” (STEAM)
  • Roy Hyatt Environmental Center, Grades 2 and 5, “Cache your STEM Cares Away!: A Geocaching STEM Adventure” (STEM)
  • Lincoln Park Elementary, Grades 1- 4, “Crazy for Coding!” (STEM and Literacy)
  • Montclair Elementary, Grades PreK-5, “It’s ELECTRIC! EBooks For Everyone!” (Literacy)
  • Navy Point Elementary, Grades PreK-5, “Academic Growth STEMming from Collaborative Creativity” (STEM and Literacy)
  • Northview High, Grades 9-12, “Bridges, the Sun and the Wind: We build, we analyze, we harness.” (STEM)
  • Oakcrest Elementary, Grades 3 – 5, Drums and Drama” (Literacy)
  • Pensacola High, Grades 10-12, “Physics is Phun!” (STEM)
  • Ransom Middle, Grades 6-8, “Whole Brain Food” (STEM and Literacy)
  • Scenic Heights Elementary, 1st Grade, “Imagination Stations” (STEM)
  • A.K. Suter Elementary, Grades K-5, “Level Up With Reading: Empowering Students for Literacy Success” (Literacy)
  • J. M. Tate High, Grades 9-12, “21st Century Labs for Millennials” (STEM)
  • Ernest Ward Middle, Grades 6-8, “STEM in the GYM EWMS Survivors’ Series” (STEM)
  • Booker T. Washington High, Grades 9-12, “Building a Legacy: the DNA Revolution” (STEAM)
  • C.A. Weis Elementary, Grades K-5, “Stories Work for Us!” (Literacy)
  • West Florida High, Grades 9-12, “Coins for Koi” (STEM)
  • J.H. Workman Middle, Grades 6-8, “Globalization through Scientific and Technical Innovation with an emphasis on Sustainability” (STEM and Literacy)

Pictured top: Escambia County Public Schools Foundation board chair Kristie Kelley, Northview teachers Rachel Pleasant and Jim Shugart, Northview Assistant Principal Gerry Pippins and School Superintendent Malcolm Thomas. Pictured below: ECPS board chair Kristie Kelley, Roy Hyatt Environmental lead teacher Molly O’Conner, Superintendent Malcolm Thomas, ECPS Foundation liason Thomas Greek. Photos for NorthEscambia.com, click to enlarge.


3 Responses to “Local Schools Awarded Share Of $100,000 In Foundation Grants”

  1. William on October 12th, 2017 2:15 pm

    >>>Is this Per school or all divided up between them?


  2. Gene on October 12th, 2017 2:12 pm

    Is this Per school or all divided up between them?

  3. Debra on October 12th, 2017 7:56 am

    Congratulations Molly. Our children will benefit greatly from all of great work. I know you worked very hard for this.

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