Betty Ann Mccullough Fund Awards $14,148 In Grants

Gibson County, Indiana—The Gibson County Community Foundation has announced grant recipients of the Betty Ann McCullough grant program. The program provides funding for educational programs in Gibson County.

The program is made possible through the generous support of Betty Ann McCullough who was an educator for the North Gibson School Corporation for more than 40 years and a strong supporter of education in her community. Along with a number of civic memberships, she was a member of the Gibson County Community Foundation Advisory Board. She passed away in 1997.

Grants totaling $14,148 were awarded to six organizations.

North Gibson School Corporation received a $500 grant for use by April Bullock, 3rd Grade teacher at Princeton Community Intermediate School. This year, Mrs. Bullock piloted a program for students to keep them engaged in reading. According to Mrs. Bullock, the program has helped students “be more engaged this year than they have been in my 20 years as an educator.” Through the new program, students will now be met at their reading level  and then challenged to improve their skills.

Princeton Community Intermediate School received a $1,548 grant for the STEM-gineers project. This project will establish STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) activities for high ability students in the school’s Project Lead the Way program.

Fort Branch-Johnson Township Public Library received a $600 grant for the Summer Reading Program and a $500 grant for the Creative Space Program. The Summer Reading Program grant will be used to provide a book for each child who completes the summer reading program. The Creative Space program will provide for expansion of the Summer Reading Program to include a book club, creative writing class, and journal therapy class for teens.

Saints Peter and Paul School was awarded a $700 grant for the 1-2-Click program, a $1,300 grant for the Learning without Tears program, and a $2,600 grant for the Reflex Math program. The 1-2 Click program is a one-on-one online interactive assessment to help kindergarten and first grade students close gaps in reading. The Learning Without Tears Preschool Program will help prepare students for kindergarten. The Reflex Math program will assist students in mastering basic math facts.

Oakland City University received a $4,000 grant for the Acorn Academy. The Academy provides quality educational assistance through forms of tutoring and mentoring with a goal of enhancing academic performance levels of those served.

Saint James School was awarded a $2,400 grant to for Project Lead the Way Gateway project. The grant will support training for a junior high STEM teacher in the Gateway program. The training will lead to the implementation of the junior high curriculum into junior high classes in the fall of 2019.

For additional information about contributing to or establishing a fund to make a difference in your community, contact Hannah Shields, Regional Director of Development, at hannah@communityfoundationalliance.org or call 812.386.8082.