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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Belton Educational Foundation awards Belton School District with over $29,000 in grant funds

IMG_0153On April 4, the Belton Educational Foundation Board of Trustees surprised teachers in the Belton School District with over $29,000 for 14 innovative grants.

The goal of the Foundation’s Teacher Grant Program is to help educators enhance instruction by providing funding for innovative learning programs. All teachers in the district are given the opportunity to apply for a grant. This year, 39 applications were submitted from across the district for a variety of projects.

“Thanks to the continued support of our generous donors, we are proud to support our educators by funding these innovative learning experiences for the students of the Belton School District,” said Krista Watkins, Executive Director.

Since its inception, the Foundation has awarded over $330,000 in grant funding to the Belton School District. For full details about the 2017 Teacher Grant winners and programs, visit www.beltonfoundation.org or call (816)348-1150.

The 2017 Grant Award winners are: 

  • Emily Wills, Kristin Cummings & Jan Hardee, Grace Early Childhood Center – $1806.95
  • Alexandria Jorgensen, Art Teacher, Scott Elementary – $2000
  • Madison Steffen, 3rd Grade, Scott Elementary – $2294
  • Jade Wunder, Miranda Russell and Naotasha Landrum, Gladden Elementary – $1379.99
  • Cathy Cisetti, 3rd Grade, Gladden Elementary – $967.77
  • Ami Henry, 3rd Grade, Hillcrest STEAM Academy – $2000
  • Lisa Albright and Michele Dooley, 6th Grade, Hillcrest STEAM Academy – $2250
  • Tanya Appling, Librarian, Hillcrest STEAM Academy – $5000
  • Sonya Abdelgawad, Jane Scudder & Betty Rickman, Hillcrest STEAM Academy – $2500
  • Bethany Kelly, Mike Williamsen & Melanie Ryberg, Hillcrest STEAM Academy – $2499.25
  • Kristine Spiers, Phys.Ed., Kentucky Trail Elementary – $1732.40
  • Laura Harmon, 4th Grade, Kentucky Trail Elementary – $767.78
  • Kaylin Blankenship, 3rd Grade, Kentucky Trail Elementary – $1987.90
  • Clare Nicholson, Special Education, Belton Middle School/Freshman Center – $2085

Small Card, Big Results: 2017 Major Saver Campaign

The Belton Educational Foundation is offering Major Saver cards for sale through the Belton elementary and middle schools. Students will receive the sales packets on Tuesday, April 4th and continue selling the $15 discount cards until Friday, April 14th . Proceeds from the sale of Major Saver cards directly support the participating schools and the Belton Educational Foundation.

We have a great card this year! The 2017 participating restaurants/establishments include: Sam’s Club, Price Chopper, Skyzone Trampoline Park, Brewbakers, The Little Pig BBQ, Buffalo Wild Wings, Big Daddy’s Donuts, Tara’s Café and Malt Shop, IHOP, Papa Murphy’s, Pepperjax Grill, Jose Pepper’s, 54 th Street Grill and Bar, Sonic, Burger King, Golden Corral, Mitchell Theatres, Papa Johns, Aaron’s Family Fun Center, and High Blue Wellness Center.

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Major Saver cards can be purchased via cash, check or online at www.majorsaver.com. The online sale can be credited back to a particular student and school. All cards purchased online will be mailed directly to the customer.

Major Saver cards can also be purchased, and credited to a student, through the Major Saver App. Once the free app is downloaded to an Android or iOS device, buyers can choose a Major Saver card through the “buy cards” tab on the app. Once the buyer completes the transaction the offers will be stored in the Major Saver App. Buyers can then redeem offers directly from the app and do not need a physical card.

Major Saver stresses safe selling and discourages door to door campaigning. The company encourages students to sell to family members, church patrons, neighbors, other adults the family may know; and to always make sure their parents are involved.

Please consider purchasing one or more Major Saver cards this year to help benefit the Belton Educational Foundation and participating schools.

Thank you for your support!

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.

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