BCEF approves innovative grant program

first_imgBatesville, In. — Football safety caps, dual language immersion media materials, and STEM training for the Batesville High School (BHS) agriculture teacher were chosen by the board of the Batesville Community Education Foundation (BCEF) in April as it awarded $5,000 in grants to the Batesville Community School Corporation (BCSC), according to BCEF executive director Anne Wilson.“From sports concussions to bilingual students to anything STEM — all of these grant ideas involve programs that are in the headlines on a regular basis,” Wilson said. “It’s the mission of BCEF to fund ideas that are not only innovative but also ones that are vital to the success of the students. These proposals support BCSC in its quest to be difference makers and leaders in all areas.”In an effort to prevent concussions in the middle school and high school football programs, BHS football coach Evan Ulery and BCSC Athletic Director Bryan Helvie received $2,000 from BCEF for the purchase of 50 football safety caps. These caps, strapped to the outer shell of the helmet, are an extra layer of protection and will be used during any practices that involve the players wearing helmets to primarily help reduce trauma to the head.“This proactive approach to player safety becomes not only a performance issue but also an educational opportunity,” added BHS principal Andy Allen. “Batesville football can become a leader in player safety through this unique investment.”“This grant will make Batesville the only school system in our area with these cutting-edge safety caps,” Ulery said. “The Batesville football program hopes to raise an additional $2,000 to match the BCEF grant and double the grant’s impact.”The innovative BCSC Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program in Mandarin Chinese received $500 in funds from BCEF for purchase of media materials in foreign languages.  This grant was a first for BCEF, as it was proposed by parents of the students currently in the program, including parent Kendra Basler, who served as grant writer with input from BCSC librarian Rachael Berkemeier and media specialist Anne Amrhein.“Many people do not realize that any community member can submit a grant request to BCEF on behalf of BCSC students,” Wilson said. “This grant proposal was submitted by a group of involved parents who saw a need and took action. The DLI program that is expanding every year at BCSC is the only one of its kind in our state. Our foundation is pleased to be able to provide funding to supplement this program’s media offerings.”A new type of grant was added this year, thanks to direct sponsorship by Hillenbrand and Batesville Casket. Each spring, one BCSC teacher will be awarded $2500 for a STEM-related grant.  The 2018 grant was awarded to BHS agriculture teacher Cassie Wallpe, who will be attending a STEM-based training event this summer in the area of Principles of Agriscience-Plants.“The knowledge I will be able to gain through this ten-day training will allow classroom success beyond the core standards,” Wallpe said. “Using these STEM skills, my students will be able to perform weekly hands-on labs that will give them a distinct understanding of soil properties, uses, and deficiencies.”“STEM-related learning is a hot topic today,” Wilson added. “We were pleased to be able to assist this teacher in her quest to bring more STEM-based learning to the students in the agricultural programs. We want to acknowledge Hillenbrand and Batesville Casket’s financial support and leadership in bringing this new grant to BCEF.”BCEF is a non-profit foundation that supports the Batesville Community School Corporation by providing additional funds for innovative learning opportunities. Anyone wanting more information about BCEF and its programs may contact Wilson at awilson@batesville.k12.in.us or 812-934-2194.last_img read more

Beat writers unanimously pick Clemson to beat up on Syracuse

first_imgSyracuse (3-3, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) kicks off with No. 2 Clemson (6-0, 4-0) at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The Tigers beat the Orange 54-0 last year in Death Valley. Clemson has not won an ACC game by fewer than 14 points and won at then-hyped Louisville 47-21.Friday night’s SU-CU game will air on ESPN.Tomer Langer (5-1)Makes senseClemson 44, Syracuse 24Earlier this week, quarterback Eric Dungey said he liked the fact that nobody thought they’d be able to beat Clemson. And while it would be a good story for Syracuse to win this game, I need to throw my hat in with the group of people who don’t think the Orange will pull it off. Clemson’s defense is just too tough for SU to consistently crack, and if the Orange can’t move the ball it’ll give the Tigers short fields on offense. I think Syracuse manages to score by aggressively going for it on fourth downs, but Clemson should pull away.Matthew Gutierrez (4-2)Eye of the TigerClemson 45, Syracuse 17AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe defending national champs prove to be too much for Syracuse, which only narrowly beat a fledgling Pittsburgh team last week. As head coach Dino Babers said this week, Clemson’s front is “O-M-G.” So is the rest of the team. Clemson has its way in the primetime matchup.Joe Bloss (4-2)As it should beClemson 31, Syracuse 20Eric Dungey and this Syracuse offense can do some very nice things when they have the time. But that necessary time will not be granted against a Clemson defensive line that has accounted for 14.5 of the Tigers’ 22 sacks. It will occasionally get ugly. Feel free to look away when it does. A solid Syracuse defense won’t let up 54 points like it did a year ago, but it won’t be able to contain Kelly Bryant and his weapons to a score Dungey and Co. can match. As it has been in Syracuse’s losses thus far, the better team will win. Comments Published on October 13, 2017 at 1:16 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more