Have you ever wondered what the Foundation does for Brownstown Community Schools? The Foundation team works diligently to find money for teachers and their classrooms for projects that the Brownstown School system cannot support on their own. They also present many scholarships to graduating seniors every May. Foundation members include President Jerry Reed, Secretary Debbie Robbins, and Treasurers Joe Sefton, Elvera Robison, Suzanne Stinebring, Mary Ann Doehring, Kent Kistler, Connie Largent, Deb Fulk, and Christy Warner. Mr Adam Bussard said of the committee, “In the last ten years I have been employed by the District, I have seen an unwavering support from the Foundation for the students of Brownstown CUSD #201”. The board meets throughout the year to make sure goals are being met for the Foundation. They take time out of their busy schedules to do more for the students of Brownstown and the students are grateful for their hard work.
Every year the Foundation supports classrooms through mini-grants that aid each teacher with the money necessary to complete their activity. Teachers in the BCUSD 201 District have utilized the Foundation grant money in many different ways through the years. Recently, elementary staff member Mrs. Buscher purchased new headphones for computers, Mrs. Larsen bought fruits and vegetables for snack time, and others used funds for exciting field trips in the area. BES students have traveled to the Decatur Zoo with Mrs. Thompson, the Children’s Museum in Edwardsville with Mrs. Foster, as well as the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield, the Lincoln Log Cabin in Lerna, and the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center in St. Louis with Mrs. Lloyd.
High school teachers have also taken advantage of the generous grants from the Foundation. Mrs. Wakefield sends her students to the cadaver lab at Lakeland College every year. Physical education teachers Miss Stine and Coach Rohr have used money to paint badminton lines, as well as purchase equipment for their C’Motion and Fitness Gram units. Mr. Redden and Ms. Alstat purchase new novel sets for their English classrooms. The list goes on and on. Teachers and students are grateful for the donation the Foundation receives and the great work they do in supporting Brownstown Community Schools.
By Evyn Barker
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