On Monday, April 24, the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation will host the 17th annual Celebration of Excellence at the Arkansas Air and Military Museum at Drake Field in Fayetteville. A reception will begin at 6:30 pm with dinner and a ceremony at 7:00 pm. At the event, over 350 educators, donors and guests will celebrate the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation grantees, scholarship recipients and lauded Pendergraft grant awards.
Forty teachers and staff of the Fayetteville Public Schools received grants for original, pioneering, or innovative projects. In addition, the Foundation also awarded scholarships to 13 students providing, FHS seniors the opportunity to attend college. The distribution came from the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation’s $3.5 million endowment which generated $144,355 in grant awards and $19,261 in scholarships. Another $122,631 was also distributed in grants that were gifted through corporations, foundations, and individuals.
Cambre Horne-Brooks, the Foundation’s Executive Director said, “The Foundation’s ethos is to enable teachers to implement the most promising new ideas while preserving public dollars for the work of schools. We want teachers to dream big and produce projects that go above and beyond – providing a spark of excitement for our children and enriching our already outstanding schools in Fayetteville.”
The Foundation will also announce two new Keystone Funds. Keystone donors contribute to the Foundation’s endowment generating income for teacher grants and student scholarships. This year the Foundation will announce the establishment of the David J Butt Keystone and the Warren Rosenaur Theatre Fund to support the Drama and Theater Program at Fayetteville High School.
The evening will wrap up with Garrison Financial receiving the 2017 A.P.P.L.E. (A Patron Providing Leadership by Example) Award for their dedication and support to efforts of the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation.
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