Stewart’s Holiday Match funds B-P programs

kindergarten students pose around a table holding books

Broadalbin-Perth classes, clubs and organizations received a boost last month in the form of grants from Stewart’s Holiday Match. In all, district programs received $2,750, supporting initiatives at all grade levels.

B-P’s kindergarten classes received a $500 grant to expand their lending library of leveled books that are developmentally appropriate for students to read at home with family members. Teacher Kristie Schwartz, who applied for the grant, said that students take home books every week and the 200 books she purchased with grant funds adds to the variety in the classroom library.

“This encourages my students to read at home and practice their skills, making them better readers one book at a time,” Schwartz said.

The Learning Community also received a $750 grant to purchase books for use in its Writer’s Workshop program. Teachers will use the books as prompts for students to practice their writing skills.

Other grants were particularly timely. The Nut Jobs, B-P’s FIRST Tech Challenge team, used a $500 grant to help get them to the FTC World Championship in Detroit, where they are currently competing. And the B-P elementary drama program put its $500 grant toward purchasing two-way headsets that the director and stage crew will use to communicate during the program’s inaugural production of “Charlotte’s Web,” which opens tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the middle school gymnasium.

The BPHS Art & Hobby Club received a $250 grant to purchase materials to construct rolling art display panels that will allow the school to hold multiple art shows throughout the year, in addition to the annual art show at the school budget vote and board elections in May.

Finally, the forthcoming district-wide Backpack Program will use $250 as seed money when it starts serving its first students in fall 2018. Through the program, participating students will receive enough food for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a snack each weekend day.