Jenkins Creek Elementary and Martin Sortun Elementary among schools receiving grants from BECU

In support of education in Western Washington, BECU has awarded community grants to 46 local schools including Martin Sortun Elementary and Jenkins Creek Elementary.

Jenkins Creek Elementary received a $2,500 grant and will be using awarded funds to build two traveling fluency library media carts. Each cart will contain books, audio cds and cd players and will travel from classroom to classroom as an enhancement supporting the new English language arts Common Core standard.

Martin Sortun Elementary received $2,500 and will be expanding weekly science, technology, engineering, and math programming by increasing iPad kits and through engaging students using 3-D printing.

“BECU school grants allow us to support programs that previously lacked the funding to get started,” said Tom Berquist, senior vice president of member strategies at BECU. “We love awarding grants that can make an impact on student success and are inspired every year by the schools who receive the grants.”

BECU school grants are given out each year to local schools to help fund educational materials, programs and events, environmental learning trips, and technology tools such as calculators, microscopes, electronic dictionaries and more. Grants are awarded in three categories: Financial Literacy, Environmental Sustainability, and Technology Tools.

Each grant is awarded based on specific need up to a maximum of $2,500. The funding for recipients will go towards a variety of school programs, from green school certification, to outdoor education and technology for literacy and math. BECU received approximately 95 applications and narrowed it down to 46 based on eligibility of the request, impact on student learning, number of students reached with grant funds, and potential on-going use of the item or program.


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