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Fort Davis Education Foundation receives $13k grant

July 6th, 2017 under Education

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

FORT DAVIS – The Fort Davis Education Foundation has received a $13,200 grant from Still Water via a fund from the Permian Basin Area Foundation to purchase computers for students in grades three, four and five at Dirks-Anderson Elementary School.

Elementary Principal and Fort Davis Education Foundation Board Member Alison Scott told the Marfa Big Bend Sentinel that the Chromebooks will give students access to web-based education software programs, including ‘Istation,’ ‘Big Brainz,’ and ‘Reasoning Minds.’

The programs, which work on math and reading, will allow kids to move at their own pace. “Kids who accelerate can move forward, while those who don’t will get more time,” Scott said.

Much of what the students learn is tied to lessons and activity on the web. The computers will be delivered for the start of the school year on August 28. Each child in grades three through five will have access to a computer.

“We’re truly fortunate – we could not have got the computers without the grant. The State continues to reduce school funding. When I went to Superintendent Graydon Hicks to say we need computers, he said they did not have the money, and that I’d have to start writing grant applications.”

The Permian Basin Area Foundation gave out $1,514,528 in grants to nonprofit organizations this year. Other area nonprofits that received grants were The Blackwell School Alliance, Marfa Studio of the Arts, the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute, and friends of Jeff Davis County Library.

The foundation announces competitive grant awards twice a year following review of applications submitted in the spring and fall.

Fall grant pre-applications are due in the Foundation’s offices on or before October 1, 2017. Visit www.pbaf.org to apply.

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