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 »



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 »


Ways To Give

The Belton Educational Foundation is a nonprofit organization solely funded through the generosity of the Belton community, local businesses and alumni. The Belton Educational Foundation utilizes these donations to enhance the educational experiences available to students of the Belton School District. Please consider making a donation today or working with More »

Foundation accepting 2017 BHS Hall of Fame Nominations

The Belton Educational Foundation is seeking nominations for the 2017 Belton High School Hall of Fame. Each year, the Hall of Fame honors the lifetime achievements of those who have distinguished themselves in their professional careers, for service and contributions to their communities, or in other ways that reflect positively on the educational foundation received at Belton High School. The deadline for nominations is April 30. Nomination forms can be found online at http://beltonfoundation.org/belton-high-school-hall-of-fame-nominee/ or by calling the Foundation office at 816-348-1150.

Teacher Grants Making a Difference

In March of last year, the Belton Educational Foundation awarded over $29,000 in teacher grants for various innovative programs. Last month, several members of the Foundation Board of Trustees, along with Executive Director, Krista Watkins, visited a few of the classrooms who received grants to see teachers and students in action, and how the new programs are being implemented.

JasmineBrothersKentucky Trail Elementary kindergarten teacher, Jasmine Brothers, received a grant for $1,763 to purchase Reading Mentors, a hands-on electronic device that engages students in developing early reading skills such as building letter recognition, letter sounds, and creating sight words. Since implementing the devices at the beginning of the year, student proficiency for letter sounds increased from 10% to 63% by the end of second quarter. The devices are also used in a small group setting for students to learn specific skills. The results showed an marked increase in proficiency with letter sounds. According to Ms. Brothers, the most improvement has been with mastering sight words. With the devices, students are able to put sight words together, see the word, and hear it through the Reading Mentor, which has led to an engaging and more hands on type of learning that benefits many of her students.

Kentucky Trail Elementary librarian, Bethany Villaverde and computer lab teacher, Matthew Garrison, received a grant for OSMO iPad game systems, which uses technology to enhance learning in such areas as spelling, logical thinking, math, and engineering for grades K-4. Students are able to use these devices during library time in what is called Maker Spaces, different stations where students can “make” different things as a hands-on learning experience.KTVillaverde

“The OSMO devices have definitely increased the students’ engagement,” said Villaverde. “They are able to work independently at their own pace and self-check their own work.” As they progress through activities, more difficult levels and tasks are unlocked so students are constantly challenged as they increase their skill level and confidence. “We are so thankful for the grant that allowed us to purchase the OSMO systems. They are used daily and we look forward to using them for many years to come”.

Funding for programs like these would not be possible without the generous support of our donors. Thanks to their contributions, we are able to continue our mission to provide funding that enriches educational opportunities to maximize the learning potential of every student in the Belton School District.

More classroom grant updates to come! Stay tuned!

BEF launches #GivingTuesday Social Media Campaign

kristaselfieThis week, the Belton Educational Foundation will kick off its #GivingTuesday campaign to encourage spending with a purpose. Coinciding with the Thanksgiving Holiday and the kickoff of the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday, Nov. 29, can harness the power of social media to inspire the Belton community to help support our mission of enriching educational opportunities to maximize the learning potential of every student attending the Belton School District. 

You can help us spread the word and create awareness by participating in our #BSDunselfie photo campaign for a chance to win our giveaway! To enter, follow these steps:
1) Whether you are a past, current, or future donor, take a picture of yourself holding a sign with the hashtags #BSDunselfie and #GivingTuesday stating that you support the Belton Educational Foundation on #GivingTuesday and why. Giving to the BEF can be anything from money to food for the Pirate Pantries, or volunteer time.
2) Post to Facebook, Twitter, and/or LinkedIn (make sure to tag us-Twitter: @beltonedfound; Facebook and LinkedIn: Belton Educational Foundation).
3) E-mail or message the post to us to be entered into the drawing.
4) Share, share, share! Encourage your students, co-workers, family, and friends to take part as well!

Each post equals one entry to win a basket of goodies from BEF at the end of November. Questions? Contact Krista Watkins, Executive Director, kwatkins@bsd124.org or 816-348-1151.

BHS Class of 1976 to host 40th reunion

The Belton High School Class of 1976 will celebrate their 40th class reunion on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14 and 15.
Friday Oct. 15 will be a gathering at Frankie and Johnnies Bar & Grill (17207 US-71 Highway, Belton) @ 7pm.
Saturday’s event will be at Eagle’s Landing Golf Club (4200 Bong Ave, Belton), starting at 6:30 p.m. Includes dinner and cash bar.
Tickets are $35 each. For full details and/or to RSVP, visit http://beltonhigh40th.rsvpify.com or contact Sherrie (Ogden) Herrick at krisnmikesmom@gmail.com or 816-686-9001.

Foundation raises over $73,000 at Back-to-School Gala

The Belton Edgeneral2016galaucational Foundation hosted its annual Back-to-School Gala and Auction at Loch Lloyd Country Club on August 27, raising over $73,000 to support its mission to enrich educational opportunities and encourage innovation to maximize the learning potential of every student attending the Belton School District.

Over 180 guests enjoyed a silent auction, dinner and program. This year’s theme was “Roots to Grow and Wings to Fly”. Speakers included, Foundation Board President, Dr. Kenneth Southwick, Executive Director, Krista Watkins, and Belton School District Superintendent, Dr. Andrew Underwood. Belton High School student and scholarship recipient, Shannon Coupland, shared her experience at a summer engineering camp offered through Washington University. High school teacher and grant recipient, Adam Arnold, spoke about the BHS Cyber Pirates robotics team and their incredible success. The night concluded with the event’s live auction, presented by Robert Mayo of Mayo Auctions.  Dr. Underwood and Ms. Watkins also presented the winner of the Jon S. Ferguson Excellence in Teaching award to Mill Creek Upper Elementary fifth grade teacher, Jill Beck.

We want to express our heartfelt thanks to all our sponsors, generous donors, and contributors to the silent and live auctions, who helped make this event an outstanding success. It is because of the generosity of all our donors the Foundation continues to reach new heights to provide new and innovative opportunities for our students.

The 2017 Back-to-School Gala and Auction will be August 26 at Loch Lloyd Country Club.

If you would like to be a part of our continued success, you may donate online at http://beltonfoundation.org/ or call us at 816-348-1150.

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