Press Release from Braham Area Education Foundation:
Thanks to consistent and generous support over the last four years from local businesses,
individuals, and alumni, the Braham Area Education Foundation recently distributed $1,590 in a second round of classroom grants for the 2021-22 school year.
The Foundation sought applications from faculty and staff within the Braham Area School District for projects that expand learning opportunities for Braham’s students in ways that extend beyond the reach of the ordinary school budget. This spring’s grants included funding supporting a creative effort by one of Braham’s guidance counselors to use tools to strengthen self-calming strategies for students in first through sixth grade; and the purchase of materials for seventh and eighth grade students to develop short films using stop-motion animation. These grants followed the Foundation’s seven prior grant rounds since 2018, which together have included more than $28,000 in investments in education in Braham’s schools.
The Foundation’s priorities were developed after the board gathered input from more than 120 members and friends of the Braham community, and its current focus is on building an endowment fund that will provide a consistent and sustainable source of support for Braham’s students long into the future. The development of that fund is off to a terrific start, thanks in part to three successful Spring Gala events at the Braham Event Center, and thanks to several hundred contributions from individuals and businesses in the Braham area and beyond. The foundation succeeded in raising more than $100,000 in its first year of operations, and its endowment surpassed $250,000 by the end of 2021.