Motivational guest for sign language students among BCEF spring scholarships – WRBI Radio


BATESVILLE, IN — The Batesville Community Education Foundation (BCEF) is pleased to announce the recipients of its Spring Grants to the Batesville Community School Corporation (BCSC). This biannual BCEF program awards up to $5,000 each fall and spring to projects selected by a committee of foundation board members, according to the chief executive.
Anne Wilson.

The grants awarded were:

  • A request from Betsy Baugh, an American Sign Language (ASL) teacher at Batesville High School (BHS), to bring a motivational presenter to her classes. On May 9, three-time collegiate wrestling champion and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) veteran Matt Hamill will use voice and authentic sign language to share his story of growing up in a traditional educational environment until let him learn ASL. This will be the first opportunity for ASL students to have an influential Deaf community leader visit the school in person.
  • Two requests from the Batesville Middle School (BMS) athletic department: a new field sprayer and paint for the BMS athletic field and a new automated external defibrillator
    (AED) to replace one that is nearing the end of its lifespan. The new field sprayer will allow BMS to paint and maintain the grounds themselves instead of relying on high school staff or
    volunteers, impacting the college football team, as well as youth football. The AED provided by BCEF funding reduces pressure on the athletic department budget.
  • Request from BHS special education teachers for scientific calculators that students can use when practicing math skills or learning calculator strategies. Resource rooms serve both
    students in special education and general education who need extra help with mathematics. Calculators can be used for a variety of purposes to enhance skill development.
  • A collaborative funding partnership with the Joan and John Hillenbrand VISION Fund to provide several BIS fourth-grade teachers with teacher iPad Pro and Apple devices
    Pencils and iPads that students can share when participating in small group work. These devices will facilitate learning in certain situations where the accessibility of an iPad is more ideal.
    than a laptop. The VISION Fund provided the majority of funding for this grant, with BCEF augmenting this donation.

“The BCEF Board would like to thank all of the grant applicants for their ideas,” Wilson noted. “The committee was pleased to recommend funding for an ASL in-person presenter. Due to COVID
restrictions, this is something that was missing in the educational experience of these students and our foundation is thrilled to make this possible. With strong requests for grants, athletes
BMS department was also a big winner. With broader financial support and community donations, we can hopefully increase our grantmaking budget each year so that more projects
can be funded. »

The Batesville Community Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Its mission is to provide supplemental funding for innovative learning opportunities that go beyond the basics of teaching, athletics, and the arts in Batesville Public Schools, thereby improving the educational environment for all BCSC students. In addition to other larger projects such as Art on Main and the
new Bulldog Collaboration Room at BMS, the foundation awards class grants to BCSC projects twice a year.

For more information, visit the BCEF website at or email Director Anne Wilson at [email protected].

(Batesville Community Education Foundation press release)


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