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We, at BWEF, have listened to your feedback about the grant application process and paperwork, and have worked on these documents to arrive at a more user-friendly and intuitive process, while maintaining the degree of rigor that your ideas deserve. Please use these documents for grant applications for the 2021-2022 school year.

The mini-grant application should now be used for all fund requests up to $1,000.

We welcome all feedback about this streamlined process. Please let us know what you think.

The grant application deadline has been extended to April 30, 2021.

Grant Guidelines
Mini-Grant Application
Grant Application
Technology Grant Application Addendum
Project Evaluation Form (Google Form)
Project Evaluation Form
(Downloadable PDF)

The Bristol Warren Education Foundation (BWEF) is pleased to announce the funding of over $25,000 in educational grants for the 2021-2022 school year, bringing 12 academic enrichment programs designed by local educators to the Bristol Warren Regional School District.

Despite not holding its premier annual fundraiser – The Bee – in its traditional form in 2021, the continued generosity and support of local residents and businesses throughout the year allowed the BWEF to fully fund all of the grant applications that were received. This is in addition to committing to fully funding all grant programs from the 2020-2021 school year that were not able to run due to the pandemic.

Programs were approved through a rigorous grant review process, and will engage students in the areas of Business, STEM, Social/Emotional Learning, Music, Theatre, Writing, Media, Community Engagement, and Civics.

Since its founding in 2007, the BWEF has now funded nearly $600,000 in local school grants. BWEF is a nonprofit tax-exempt organization. Foundation board members are community and business leaders, parents, and alumni who donate their time and talents in order to promote the mission of the foundation.

Thank you all for your continued faith in our mission, and don't forget: Donate, Volunteer, Attend!

2021-2022 Approved Grant Summaries

Fluency & Fitness – all elementary schools – In this project, facilitated by Susan Wiegand of Hugh Cole, elementary students from across the district will engage in the "Fluency and Fitness" program. This consists of a series of activities which integrate physical activity with the aquisition and testing of academic knowledge. Grant funds will cover web licenses such that 75 teachers can integrate this program into their classrooms, as they see fit.

Bal-A-Vis-X – all elementary schools – In this project, facilitated by Susan Wiegand of Hugh Cole, elementary students from across the district will engage in the "Bal-A-Vis-X" program. BAVX is a series of Balance/Auditory/Vision eXercises, of varied complexity, all of which are deeply rooted in rhythm. Bal-A-Vis-X is a series of some 250 exercises, most of which are done with sand-filled bags and/or racquetballs, often while standing on a Bal-A-Vis-X balance board. Requiring multiple thousands of mid-line crossings in three dimensions, these exercises are steadily rhythmic, with a pronounced auditory foundation, executed at a pace that naturally results from proper physical techniques. Bal-A-Vis-X enables the whole mind-body system to experience the symmetrical flow of a pendulum. Grant funds will cover classroom sets and teacher training for all participating classrooms.


Creativity, Cooperation, & Clay – Hugh Cole – In this project, facilitated by Susan Wiegand of Hugh Cole, all HC 1st grade students will work with local artist, Ellen Blomgren at three intervals during the 21-22 school year. Students will design and decorate a functional bowl. They will explore textures and designs based on their interests. They will also write a personal narrative about what they would put in their bowl for safekeeping. The students will create an animal. They will then write and illustrate a story about their animal. Students will also create a tile that can be pieced together to form a small mural. They will work as a classroom community to create a collaborative friendship mural.

Julia Cook, Look for the Helpers – Hugh Cole – In this project, facilitated by Susan Wiegand of Hugh Cole, all students at HC will experience a partnership with the writer/teacher/counselor, Julia Cook. Mrs. Cook will work with all teachers and children. She will lead entertaining discussions on the use of storybooks to offer children and adults a fun way to learn important people skills. Mrs. Cook will demonstrate humorous and effective ways to use books on such subjects as tattling, bullying, personal space, video game addiction, digital citizenship, interrupting, divorce, anger, responsibility, and personal safety. The goal behind all of Mrs. Cook's books and efforts are to actively involve young people in her fun and creative stories and teach them to become life-long problem solvers. Mrs. Cook will be able to spend time in each classroom discussing topics of her books and sharing problem solving strategies for interacting with others. Mrs. Cook will work with students on improving writing skills. The lessons and activities will be based on the grade and needs of students and teachers. Additionally, Mrs. Cook will provide professional development to teachers, teaching assistants, social workers, psychologists, and parents using stories as support for discussions of difficult topics. Grant funds will cover the cost of books as well as Mrs. Cook's residency.

Literary Pen Pals – Hugh Cole – In this project, facilitated by Paula Ursillo of Hugh Cole, students in Ms. Ursillo's 4th grade class will engaged in a shared reading project with residents of the Warren Senior Center. Independently, both groups will read the book Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai. Subsequently, through handwritten letters, the students and the seniors will correspond about the book. Grant funds will cover the cost of books, stationary and postage.

KP Ten Frame Math Tiles – Guiteras – In this project, facilitated by Nancy Patalano of Guiteras, special education students who receive Tier 3 intensive intervention or Tier 2 targeted small group intervention, will participate in the use of "KP Ten Frame Math Tiles". KP Ten-Frame Tiles bring physical representation to many math concepts, including the properties of operations, relationships among operations, and applications of the base-ten number system. As students continue to use KP Ten-Frame Tiles to represent numbers and operations, they develop a deep, connected understanding of the base-ten system as they build reasoning skills, problem-solving skills, and computational accuracy and fluency. Grant funds will cover the cost of these manipulatives: small ten-frames, large ten-frames, orange, yellow and blue grouping tiles.

Conscious Discipline PD – Guiteras - In this project, facilitated by Sarah Thurber and Nancy Patalano of Guiteras, all teachers at Guiteras will receive training in the "Power of Resilience: SEL for Adults" model, focused on Conscious Discipline. Grant funds will cover the cost of training as well as digital access to a website containing associated materials which can be integrated into teacher practice.

RISD Museum Trip, Spanish – MHHS - In this program, facilitated by Brian Chidester and Augusta Costa of Mount Hope High School, all (70) Spanish 3 students at Mt. Hope will benefit from a partnership with the RISD Museum. A RISD Museeum educator will virtually attend Spanish 3 classes to provide greater insight into Spanish and Latin American painting, giving students exposure to art history, as well as the opportunity to study vocabulary related to art. The projects will culminate with student presentations housed at RISD Museum. Grant funds will cover the cost of the RISD educator's residency.

RISD Museum Trip, French – MHHS- In this program, facilitated by Brian Chidester and Kayla Soares of Mount Hope High School, all (37) French 3 students at Mt. Hope will benefit from a partnership with the RISD Museum. A RISD Museeum educator will virtually attend French 3 classes to provide greater insight into French painting, giving students exposure to art history, as well as the opportunity to study vocabulary related to art. The projects will culminate with student presentations housed at RISD Museum. Grant funds will cover the cost of the RISD educator's residency as well admission to the RISD museum.

JR. DECA – MHHS – In this program, facilitated by Maureen Gauthier at Mount Hope High School, 7th-12th grade Bristol Warren students will have an opportunity to participate in the Jr. DECA program. DECA is an international high school and collegiate club that prepares students to become entrepreneurs in the fields of business, marketing, finance, and hospitality. Implementing this club at the middle school level gives younger students an opportunity to be exposed to the basics of business at an early age. At MHHS, DECA Delegates are the ambassadors of the school and active members of their local and school communities. These two groups of students will have an opportunity to collaborate in learning. Grant funds will cover the cost of materials for program participation as well as awards and tokens of recognition for those students who successfully complete the program.

2021 Instrumental Refresher – MHHS - In this program, facilitated by Christopher Lambert of MHHS, students will be provided with 1:1 instrumental tutoring as a refresher to their practice at the start of the year. Due to COVID, in person and group instrumental practice was limited for the 20-21 school year. This program will accelerate student learning to make up for time lost as well as advance students' overall practice. Grant funds will cover the cost of professional tutors in the areas of flute, clarinet, trumpet and percussion.

2021 Choral Refresher – MHHS - In this program, facilitated by David Lauria of MHHS, students will be provided with 1:1 vocal tutoring as a refresher to their practice at the start of the year. Due to COVID, in person and group vocal practice was limited for the 20-21 school year. This program will accelerate student learning to make up for time lost as well as advance students' overall practice. Grant funds will cover the cost of professional tutors in the choral areas of: soprano, alto, tenor and bass.

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