Local schools received $ 13,000 through the Branch Co. Community Foundation

The Branch County Community Foundation held mini-rounds of educational grants in April for schools in Bronson, Coldwater and Quincy, awarding a total of $ 13,348 for 19 different programs and projects.

The Yes for Bronson Fund, the Coldwater Community Schools Enrichment Fund, and the Quincy Educational Endowment Fund were both established to support programs and initiatives that promote excellence in education and academic achievement with the goal of expanding and to diversify the experiences of the pupils.

In January 2020, the Yes for Bronson Schools Fund was able to transition from a designated fund to an endowment capable of supporting Bronson schools for years to come.

The fund was established to financially supplement Bronson’s community schools and his Kindergarten to Grade 12 students in their preparation for life by improving technology, transportation and educational facilities in the school district.

Thanks to a donation from the Ratkowski Family Fund in early 2021, the Yes for Bronson Schools Fund held its first mini-round of grants last April. The committee donated $ 1,000 for family art and literacy bags in elementary schools.

The Coldwater Community Schools Enrichment Fund offers teachers the opportunity to offer additional academic enrichment or improvement programs to students, such as classroom microscopes, woodworking and 3D printing equipment, and Spikeball for class. gym.

This year, additional funds were provided by a donor advised fund, the Rosenberg Family Endowment Fund, for percussion instruments at Lakeland Elementary and new sound equipment for the Legg Middle School and Coldwater High School groups. The total grant was $ 4,177 for nine different projects.

The Quincy Educational Endowment Fund is intended for teachers to provide additional academic enrichment to students. This year, the committee was able to fully fund the nine projects that applied for funding, for a total of $ 5,671.

They included flexible seating options for a third-grade classroom, weighted medicine balls for high school gymnastics classes, safety glasses and other supplies for a fifth-grade science room, and easels. art exhibit for the elementary art program.

The educational mini-grant cycles take place once a year from April 1 to April 30. Each fund has its own criteria and selection committee for the mini-grant cycle, and donations to the funds are welcome year-round.

To learn more about each round of mini-grants, visit www.BrCoFoundation.org or by calling (517) 278-4517.

The Coldwater Community Schools Enrichment Fund through the Branch County Community Foundation has awarded $ 4,177 for nine different projects in the district.

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