Smaller grant money is already here
While the school district is seeking the big 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant, they have already received several smaller grants that will benefit the education of students.
Baldwin Elementary School received a $350 grant from the Horace Mann Life Insurance Company, local agent Dave Richardson. The grant money will be used to purchase Accelerated Reader materials and materials for a weather station at the school, including windsock, rain gauges, thermometer and sun dial.
The school also received a $500 grant from the State Farm Companies Foundation, local agent Mike Grosdidier. The Good Neighbor grant will be used to enhance reading programs at the school.
The district also received three $2,000 Educate America Excellence in Teaching grants. At BES, the grant will fund a reading consultant, who will align the curriculum with state assessment tests and also with what is needed for students to become successful learners.
At Baldwin Junior High School, the grant will continue funding a reading consultant who began working with the school last year.
At Baldwin High School, the grant will fund Accelerated Math materials, which will help individualize instruction.
The district also received a $7,000 Educate America grant, which will be used for professional development between the district and Baker University. Some Baker education classes are taught at BES, and Baker facilities are used by students and faculty. The grant will encourage more of those opportunities.