BMS awarded learning grant for $200,000

BMS awarded learning grant for $200,000
Posted on 08/30/2021
Bellefontaine Middle School

Bellefontaine Middle School was recently awarded a renewal grant from the Ohio Department of Education.

For the second straight year, BMS is a recipient of the Nita M. Lowey 21st Century Community Learning Centers Grant.

This year’s grant is worth $200,000.

The grant focuses on learning opportunities outside the regular school day.

The Ohio Department of Education reviewed 145 new applications through a comprehensive peer review process. Priority was given to programs that serve students in rural districts.

Bellefontaine Middle School guidance counselors Julie Kurtz and Natalie Collins co-coordinated the grant.

The grant will fund BMS+, which will offer before and after school programming.

The program will be Monday through Friday morning from 6:45 to 7:35 for homework help.

After school programming will be Monday through Thursday afternoon from 2:35 to 4:35.

The after school portion will offer a snack, homework help, enrichment, and specialized assistance in math and reading.

The free program is expected to:

- Increase reading and math achievement

- Promote positive youth development in alignment with the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) standards

- Encourage parents, family, and community involvement

- Provide a safe and structured before and after school program

- Offer academic enrichment and tutoring by trained teachers and staff

Transportation is provided and students can earn incentives for attendance.

You can enroll on the middle school website at

Natalie Collins touted the impact of last year’s grant. She said, “We had many students improve their test scores, including math. We also gave students a lot of fun experiences outside of school.”

BMS+ offers enrichment in math, reading, youth development, and family engagement.

Last year, the grant only offered after school opportunities.

Funding for the grant is allocated over a 5-year cycle.

BCS could receive up to $850,000 over those 5 years.
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