Sparkleberry Country Fair grants to fund e-books, financial literacy and more | News
Twenty Richland Two teachers are recipients of 2013 Sparkleberry Country Fair Grants. The money will fund various projects and initiatives at 13 district schools. District Teacher of the Year and Bridge Creek Elementary School second grade teacher Terri Butts hopes the e-readers she purchases will bring novelty and variety to literacy learning, as well as, offer reluctant readers a choice during their independent reading time. At Kelly Mill Middle School, the money will go toward helping students in Courtney Robinson’s math classes to create and run their own bakery using concepts such as fractions and propaganda. At Blythewood High School, Kim Stokes will use the funds for Bengal Backpacks, a program in partnership with the school’s social worker, which puts healthy snacks and recipe ideas into backpacks on the weekends for low income/homeless students.
The 18th Annual Sparkleberry Country Fair will be April 26-27 at the Sandhill Research and Education Center across from the Village at Sandhill. All proceeds benefit Richland Two students through grants and scholarships. In November, the fair presented the district with $15,348 in teacher grants. In addition, each year the fair presents $1,000 scholarships to deserving students.
“Richland Two is so fortunate to have this wonderful partnership with the Sparkleberry Country Fair,” said Superintendent Dr. Katie Brochu. “Knowing that students and teachers in our district benefit from this wonderful community event is very exciting for everyone."
Sparkleberry Country Fair Chairman John Monroe said he hopes the money will go to expose students to different and important experiences.
“When we started the Fair, we wanted to have something to bring the community together. This year we had a lot of good requests for the grant money,” Monroe said. “Hopefully this will help improve the quality of the already outstanding education in Richland School District Two.”