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Beaver River Foundation awards grants

Jan. 29—BEAVER FALLS — The Grants Subcommittee of the Beaver River Central School Educational Foundation announced on Jan. 15 three "mini grant" winners.

The $750 grants were awarded for a nature playspace, therapy dog training and the spring performance.

Fifth-grade teacher Shauna Rice is spearheading the nature playspace project. The playspace will be constructed near the school's cross-country trail for students to explore multiple activities.

Earth science teacher Jamie Gates requested funds to train a therapy dog in anticipation of a potential retirement of one of the two dogs currently at the school.

English and theater teacher Carrie Montague-Barrett requested funds to purchase the rights for the theater class to perform a play in the evening. This project is in line with the foundation's purpose to create activities for students.

The foundation is also in the process of raising funds for a special project — the dedication of the district's track and field facilities in memory of coach and teacher Pierre H. "Pete" Wallack.

Wallack introduced cross country running and track and field to Beaver River Central School during the 1963-64 school year and established a legacy of excellent runners and athletes now in its 60th year.

To donate, visit the BRCS Foundation webpage at: wdt.me/brcsd_foundation.

Donations can be made online for either fund. Donations may also be mailed to the school using the downloadable form labelled "Foundation Donor Form."

In order to enhance educational programs, the Beaver River Central School Board of Education formed an educational foundation in partnership with the Northern New York Community Foundation during the 2015-16 school year.

"The purpose of this foundation is to support the Beaver River Central School District's mission as well as its educational programs," according to the foundation.

"The foundation is not intended to supplant mandated funding, rather it is intended to enhance the educational programs. The Foundation is an independent entity, that works collaboratively with BRCS to provide supplemental resources to enhance the diverse programs of the school district."

Alumni and community members may donate to two funds — an interest earning Endowment Fund or the non-interest-bearing Annual Fund.

The Endowment Fund has a goal of long-term growth and the intent to spend only the annual interest earned from the fund which is spent on capital and equipment projects.

The annual or "Impact Fund," moneys are spent annually on projects that have an immediate impact on student educational experiences. Mini-grants are funded by this fund.