Barnstable Education Foundation Hosts Grant Award Ceremony

HYANNIS – The Barnstable Education Foundation hosted their annual Grant Awards Reception at Alberto’s Ristorante in Hyannis Monday night.

The organization presented more than $10,000 in grants to nine projects across the district.

Recipient Projects included funding a makerspace at Centerville Elementary School, Virtual reality and forensics equipment, ukuleles for elementary music classes, and financing for a liquid nitrogen based magnetic science endeavor from Barnstable High School’s Mike Gyra which, though very impressive, is much too complicated to try to explain any further.

“We’re looking for something that’s fresh, inventive, something that is sort of ingenious, maybe even groundbreaking,” said Gail Green, president of the Barnstable Education Foundation.

“So this is what we’re looking for and we are very pleased with some of the programs that come out.”

The awards are intended to highlight innovative initiatives that will benefit the students attending Barnstable Public Schools, but which may have faced difficulty securing funding through traditional avenues.

“It’s important for educators have the opportunity to realize ideas and bring those ideas to the kids,” said grant recipient Matt Kemp, head of the art department at Barnstable High school, “but more importantly it’s just so important that the community supports kids and connects with the kids and is invested in the schools and is invested in how our kids do.”

The Barnstable Education Foundation will be holding their next fundraiser, the third annual Walk or Run for Success, on Saturday at Centerville Elementary School.


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