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Ball-Chatham Educational Foundation



The brightest hope for tomorrow is the education
our
children receive today.

Parade of Pigs is Back!!


Titan Trek 2013

BCEF's 6th Annual Titan Trek 5K Run/Walk to be held November 16th at GHS

New this year - the 1st Annual Titan Trot!

The Ball-Chatham Educational Foundation is sponsoring its 6th annual 5K Run/Walk event to raise money for education initiatives within the Ball-Chatham School District on November 16th. We are also adding our 1st Annual Titan Trot, a 1 mile run, for the younger runners.


Over the past five years, money raised from the Titan Trek event has helped purchase interactive whiteboard systems and/or components, valued at

over $2,500 each. These were distributed to every designated K-8th grade classroom in the district.


Further, multiple systems were funded by the foundation and installed in high school classrooms. Last year the foundation awarded $21,000 to GIS for the

purchase of Chromebooks. Ten classrooms used them last year and the plan is to outfit the final three classrooms this school year and also move 120 Chromebooks up to the sixth grade to be used for science and social studies.


This year, monies raised will still support District technology enhancements, and learning opportunities that are available outside the classroom through foundation "Beyond the Walls" grant applications.

Supporting Ball-Chatham schools
About the Ball-Chatham Educational Foundation

Educational “extras” make a critical difference between a very good school district and a great one. Ball-Chatham Community Unit School District #5 is a great school system with solid funding mechanisms. Because of this, our schools don’t qualify for program funding that covers the many extras our students need. Thus the formation of the Ball-Chatham Educational Foundation (BCEF) in 2001.

The BCEF is a separate entity from the school district. It is a non-profit, autonomous, tax-exempt, 501 (C) 3 organization directed by a board of trustees. Contributions can only be used within the Ball-Chatham School District. The trustees are committed to raising and distributing funds for the educational extras that makes our school system great.

Our Mission
The mission of the Ball-Chatham Educational Foundation is to raise and distribute funds for opportunities that enrich the educational experience and enhance the development, creativity and innovative potential of our students and staff.


Goals
The foundation will achieve its mission by channeling talents and funds into projects which:

  • Bring new technology into our classrooms
  • Enhance staff development and creativity
  • Encourage innovative programmatic initiatives
  • Work with and support other groups and/or individuals interested in contributing to the success of the Ball-Chatham Community Unit School District #5 educational mission.

To learn more about the BCEF, please contact Julie Nortell-Briggs, Executive Director, at 217.483.2416 or BCEFDir@chathamschools.org.

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