Date: May 29th, 2014

Belmont Excellence in Education Fund Awards Grants

From left: Kathy Miller-Riechers, Mary Demo, Dee McConnell, Jeff Crase, Chad Bahr, and Tammy Haag celebrate the initial grants from the Belmont Excellence in Education Fund.

From left: Kathy Miller-Riechers, Mary Demo, Dee McConnell, Jeff Crase, Chad Bahr, and Tammy Haag celebrate the initial grants from the Belmont Excellence in Education Fund.

The Belmont Excellence in Education Fund Advisory Board recently awarded grants to fund two special initiatives within the school: the construction and installation of two Little Free Libraries and the purchase of specialized software – Adobe Creative Cloud with After Effects – for use by the students in mass media.

In speaking about the Little Free Library project teacher Jeff Crase noted, “There is one Little Free Library in Belmont. This grant will fund the construction of two additional libraries. One will be placed in the school prairie; the other, near the rain garden.” A Little Free Library is a “take a book; return a book” place where a neighborhood shares their favorite books, magazines, and literature with others. Todd Bol, of Hudson Wisconsin, built the first little free library, in 2009, in honor of his mother, a former school teacher who loved to read. In January of 2014 it was reported that at least 15,000 little free libraries have been constructed and placed in at least 56 counties.

Dee McConnell spoke about the excitement among students related to using the suite of software for projects in mass media. She noted, “The software will enable students to create presentations that include videos with animation, 3D effects, and more. Belmont students will be exposed to the latest presentation technologies. As their teacher and coach, I look forward to working with the students as they develop projects and master this software.”