The Bethel Park Education Foundation closed out another great year of supporting excellence and innovation in our schools. Five grants were awarded this year totaling over $10,000.
**Mrs. Lisa Cusick was awarded $1,500 to furnish and supply the new Therapeutic, Emotional support, Avoidance Monitoring and Support (T.E.A.M.S.) room at the high school with sensory materials, furniture and décor to create a welcoming and calming space. These funds support the T.E.A.M.S. initiative being implemented there.
**Mrs. K.D. Meucci was awarded $498 to pilot an “in-classroom” T.E.A.M.S. space along the same lines as the high school space except it would be contained in the regular elementary classroom.
**Independence Middle School music department, under the auspices of Mr. Keith Born, was awarded $5,763.30 for the implementation of a pilot unit of guitar playing in the 7th grade general music program. All 7th grade students get to participate in this program.
**Mrs. Patricia Heasley, Department Facilitator, and the school district librarians were awarded a $1,200 matching grant to supply the libraries with social and emotional learning (S.E.L.) books. S.E.L. refers to the process of learning and applying the skills of self-awareness, self-management, social skills, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.
**Mr. Tom Kelton, the technology education teacher at Pathfinder School, was awarded $1,250 for the purchase of new household power tools and lawn maintenance equipment. His project supports the life skills students’ development of home repair and maintenance skills.
Funding for these awards comes from donations, such as $1,000 from the BPHS Class of 1971,
and from the annual “Fantastic Four” charities golf outing in the fall.
The BPEF seeks to support programs that promote high quality educational experiences.