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Posted May 20, 2014

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Foundation Awards $45,000+ to Mid, High Schools

Kennedy MS received the Walmart/APS Education Foundation Blue Sky Grant worth $15,000, and six other schools receive a total of more than $31,000 through the first Achieve Awards.

Kennedy Middle School has received a $15,000 grant from the APS Education Foundation in its effort to build school climate.

The award, called the Walmart/APS Education Foundation Blue Sky Grant, will be implemented during the 2014-15 school year. It was open to all APS middle schools, with an emphasis on easing students’ transitions into or out of middle school or helping create a better environment for learning during sixth, seventh and eighth grades.

Kennedy Principal Ed Bortot wrote the winning project.

In addition, the Foundation announced winners in its first Achieve Awards, targeted for middle and high schools’ activities and clubs. More than $31,000 was awarded to seven winning projects.

The winning ideas were submitted by:

  • Ben Shultz, Cibola High,  $3,500
  • Charles Newman, Valley High,  $5,000
  • Paul Newcomb, John Adams Middle School $1,900
  • Nathan Matherne, Cibola High, $10,000
  • Sal Treppiedi, Atrisco Heritage Academy High,  $400
  • Tiffany Carpenter, Manzano High,  $1,000
  • Dominic Pettine, Washington Middle School,  $10,000

Achieve and Blue Sky are in their first year, and Foundation Executive Director Phill Casaus said he hopes both grants will be extended into the 2014-15 school year as part of a process that will change the way the Foundation gives money within APS.

“The Disbursement Committee of the Foundation Board of Directors judged these submissions and it was a difficult process because there were many, many deserving projects,” Casaus said. “But the good news is, it’s a new way for schools to access needed funding.”

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