Beatrice Educational Foundation to Apply For After-School Program Grant

BEATRICE – The Beatrice Educational Foundation intends to apply for a state grant to begin an after-school program, and Monday night received the support of the Beatrice Public School District Board on the initiative.   The application would be made to the 21st Century Learning Grant program.

Andy Carrothers, Chairman of the BEF Development Commmittee, says following attendance at a national conference, the foundation has been looking at funding possibilities for an after-school program for elementary students.  Last night’s support vote from the school will allow the foundation to apply for a five-year grant.

:29                  “in that program”

Carrothers says to help build sustainability, a sliding fee scale for a daily charge would be developed, paid by parents of children in after-school programs.

:13                  “sliding fee scale”

The proposed after-school program will seek community partners to help educate students and the foundation must get a commitment from them, prior to making the formal application for the 21st Century grant.

:26                  “the elementary level”

Early results of a parent survey for the hands-on, opportunity-based program, has been good.   Carrothers says parents were asked whether they would enroll their children in the program, and were asked about affordability.

:15                  “school program”

A motivating force for the program proposal has been the success of the Best Possible Summer education programs conducted, within District 15.  Carrothers says it’s expected there would be one full-time employee and up to three part-time employees to operate the after-school program, paid through the foundation.  He told the District 15 Board that the BEF is considering establishing an Executive Director position to help build funding support.

:38                  “your foundation”

The Beatrice School Board approved the partnership with the educational foundation for the grant application and after-school program.

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