Back-to-School Gala & Auction

Thank you to all our sponsors, guests, generous donors, and contributors to the silent and live auctions, who helped make the 2017 Back-to-School Gala and Auction an outstanding success and helping us raise over $78,000 for the students of the Belton School District. It is because of the generosity of More »


Teacher Grant Program

Thanks to the continued support of our generous donors, the Belton Educational Foundation has awarded over $330,000 since the beginning of the Teacher Grant Program in 2008. Each year, the Foundation encourages all teachers in the Belton School District to submit innovative ideas through this competitive grant request process. School More »


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The Belton Educational Foundation believes that each student is unique, has inherent worth, has the ability to learn and the power to achieve.  We believe that our community has a role to play in helping each student reach their full potential.  That as a community, we will benefit from ensuring that More »

The Belton Educational Foundation Awards 2018 Teacher Grants

IMG_3841Today, the Belton Educational Foundation was thrilled to present the Belton School District with over $30,000 for 12 innovative grants.  Each year, the Teacher Grant Program awards funds for innovative programs designed to enhance instruction and learning opportunities for BSD students. This year, 24 applications were submitted from various school across the district for a variety of programs. Thanks to the continued support of our generous donors, the BEF has awarded over $360,000 in teacher grants since the program began in 2008.

The 2018 Teacher Grant winners are:

Hillcrest STEAM Academy teachers, Sonja Abdelgawad and Lisa Albright, were awarded $4995.95 to create an outdoor classroom to be utilized by all students to enhance experiential learning in all curricular areas and student mental health.

Amy Huff, Kentucky Trail Elementary second grade teacher, received $1,361.00 to fund a K-4 Math Conference and Resources to be used to increase student engagement and understanding of math concepts through the use of enrichment centers and fun Family Nights.

Kaylin Blankenship, third grade teacher at Kentucky Trail Elementary received $1,170.00 to fund Blackboard Boogie Boards, a modern tool that replaces the traditional paper and pencil/whiteboards to enhance collaborative thinking and student engagement.

Bethany Villaverde, Kentucky Trail Librarian, received $906.18 for Coding Robots and Board Games for school-wide use to increase math fluency.

Madison Steffen, third grade teacher at Scott Elementary, was awarded $3295.00 to purchase the Reflex Math online math program that focuses on motivating and engaging students to improve math fluency. The program will be utilize school-wide at all grade levels.

Gladden teachers Megan Watts and Deanna Crowe were awarded $3996.00 to implement a building-wide Collaborative Critical Thinking Library.

Belton Middle School and Freshman Center teacher, John Jackson, received $1800.00 for the programming game, CodeCombat to be used in the Engineering & Computer Science class to move students from introductory programming to more advanced coding skills.

Mill Creek Upper Elementary teacher, Shannon Newbold, was awarded $4950.00 to purchase Blackboard Boogie Boards for school-wide use. These devices are eco-friendly, and a more modern way to take notes and complete other tasks in a tablet-like format.

Gladden Elementary music teacher, Justin Kohmetscher, received $480.00 to implement a Smart Music program into the 4th grade recorder unit. The real time playback and visual software is a more modern and innovative way to improve musical performance.

Cambridge principal, Michelle Biondo, along with teachers Cherin McDonald and Amy Wright were awarded $4816.45 to implement a school-wide Coding for Literacy program to integrate 21st century skills into job preparedness through robots, board games and online resources to teach coding and literacy.

Jane Scudder and DeAnna Wise, Hillcrest STEAM Academy teachers, received $1078.97 to purchase presentation equipment for students to create higher quality presentations.

Amanda Crosby, Kentucky Trail Elementary kindergarten teacher, received $1775.50 for materials to implement block building STEM lessions and activities for Kindergarten students. This program helps to increase students engagement and increase early math and science knowledge.



2018 Scholarship Application Window Opens

ScholarshipsApplications for scholarships through the Belton Educational Foundation are being accepted now through April 1, 2018. Over $15,000 will be awarded this year from three available scholarships: the Belton Educational Foundation Scholarship, the Current and Past Employee Scholarship, and the Sandy Hamilton Scholarship.

All graduating BHS seniors are eligible to apply. The deadline for all applications is April 1, 2018. Applications can be found at http://beltonfoundation.org/programs/studentscholarships/.

For questions, please contact the BHS Counseling office at 816-489-7514 or Krista Watkins at kwatkins@bsd124.org.

2017-18 Teacher Grant Applications Now Available

ideasApplications for the 2018 Teacher Grant Awards are being accepted now through February 1, 2018.  We are looking for innovative requests that will have measurable impact on student outcomes and fall within the following curricular areas of concentration:

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Engineering
  • Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Communication Arts
  • Special Initiatives

Who can apply?

Any Belton School District #124 teaching staff.

Steps to apply:

  1. Obtain e-mail approval for your grant request from your principal. Save the email in PDF format. This will need to be uploaded and submitted with your application.
  2. Fill out the Application.

Please note:

Technology requests must have approval from your Technology Integration Specialist. Save in PDF format and upload with your application. The deadline to obtain this approval is Friday, Janary 26, 2017.


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