Foun­da­tion awards $22,000 in grants to dis­trict ed­u­ca­tors

The Advance of Bucks County - - NEWTOWN AREA - By Cary Beavers

NEW­TOWN - Coun­cil Rock School Board’s June 6 meet- ing was more than just an­other evening for a group of dis­trict ed­u­ca­tors, each of whom re­ceived a grant from the Coun- cil Rock Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion (CREF).

C5() iV D nRn-SrR­fiW RrJDniza­tion whose mis­sion is to raise funds that al­low dis­trict teachHrV WR HnKDnFH VSHFi­fiF SrRMHFWV and pro­grams. High School science teacher Re­nee Devlin was one of 12 re­cip­i­ents last week.

“It is such an honor to re­ceive this grant,” said Devlin, who se­cured $1,200 to sup­port her, “You Be the Chemist” pro­gram. “We are look­ing for­ward to us­ing it to in­spire more young stu­dents to be­come in­ter­ested in chem­istry.”

An­other grant went to Hol­land El­e­men­tary School li­brar­ian Kris Sava, who will be re­ceiv­ing new iPads to match the school’s new li­brary.

“We are thrilled to re­ceive th­ese funds to im­ple­ment a new tech­nol­ogy pro­ject for our stu­dents,” said Hol­land El­e­men­tary Prin­ci­pal Andy Sanko. “The im­pact of this grant will be felt for years to come.”

This is the sixth year CREF has awarded grants, with the to­tal in­creas­ing each year, ac­cord­ing to CREF ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Suzanne Wray. This year, CREF was able to dis­trib­ute $22,000, and Wray is look­ing to “dou­ble that amount” next year. Wray said that since 2007, CREF has in­vested $82,000 into the school dis­trict in mul­ti­ple ar­eas rang­ing from more tra­di­tional sub­jects like math and science to more mod­ern ar­eas such as en­vi­ron­men­tal en­gage­ment and youth lead­er­ship pro­grams.

The foun­da­tion made an im­pres­sion on Coun­cil Rock Su­per­in­ten­dent Mark Klein.

“The Ed­u­ca­tion Foun­da­tion has be­come an im­por­tant re­source in sup­port­ing the dis­trict’s goal to pro­vide the best pos­si­ble ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties to our stu­dents,” Klein said as the pre­sen­ta­tion was con­clud­ing.

Board sice-Pres­i­dent Kyle McKessy was equally im­pressed with CREF’s work.

“The foun­da­tion has done some tremen­dous work over the years, and has not lost any mo­men­tum along the way,” McKessy said. “If any­thing, I have seen a re­newed en­ergy and a deeper in­vest­ment in sup­port­ing in­no­va­tive, ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams in Coun­cil Rock. I an­tic­i­pate even greater pos­si­bil­i­ties on the hori­zon as the group is clearly fo­cused on in­creas­ing com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion and fundrais­ing ef­forts.”

Hol­land El­e­men­tary School stu­dents proudly dis­play the check given their school by CREF. The money will be used to pur­chase iPadís for the schoolís newly con­structed li­brary.

Charlene Win­ters presents CR teacher Re­nee Devlin with the Robert H. Win­ters Me­mo­rial Grant to sup­port of the You Be The Chemist Chal­lenge pro­gram

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