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Education Foundation of Eagle County announces grant awards

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EAGLE COUNTY — The Education Foundation of Eagle County exists to support the creation and delivery of an excellent learning experience for Eagle County Public School students. Since 2011, after a failed mill levy and tremendous losses in state funding to our public schools, the Foundation has invested more than $500,000 in grants, teacher scholarships, community organizing and legislative advocacy in support of Eagle County public schools.

Because of the foundation's generous donors, volunteers and the community's support of the group's events and programs, the Education Foundation of Eagle County has awarded $45,000 to the staff, teachers and 6,700 students of Eagle County Schools for the 2015-'16 school year.

Grants include:

• Avon Elementary School: Chromebook cart computer lab for grades for grades pre-kindergarten through fifth grades. 

Battle Mountain High School: Rights to the play "Almost Maine" for the Battle Mountain Players student-directed production, and iPads for the foreign language department's virtual language lab.

• Brush Creek Elementary School: Fourth grade interactive science resources for the Energy and Changing Earth units of study.

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• Eagle Valley Elementary School: Counseling services. 

• Eagle Valley High School AVID tutors.

• Eagle Valley High School: Tripods and monopods for the digital photography curriculum.

• Edwards Elementary School: Soluciones authentic Spanish texts for dual language curriculum and literacy intervention.

• Gypsum Creek Middle School: Addition of LittleBits Electronics, RokenBok engineering systems, and a MakerBot 3D printer for the school's science, technology, engineering and math program.

• Gypsum Elementary School: iPads for kindergarten online assessments, and interactive learning.

• Gypsum Elementary School and Red Hill Elementary School: Opera Colorado live performance of "Hansel and Gretel" by Englebert Humperdinck and educational experience.

• Homestake Peak School: Dual language and multicultural implementation program for kindergarten and first grades.

• Red Canyon High School: Addition of art curriculum to the school's "Flex Friday" program.

• Eagle County School District Exceptional Student Services: High Noon Books and Dark Man graphic novels for seven middle and high schools, and a McGraw Hill Education research-based writing curriculum for all Eagle County schools.

• Eagle County School District: Upraised Math comprehensive solution for all kindergarten to eighth grade schools.

• Eagle County School District Gifted Education: Funding for an instructional coach and testing support for all schools.

The Education Foundation of Eagle County provides funding for tools, technology and staffing within Eagle County Schools through public grants and private donations. The foundation works to provide sustainable funding sources through local and statewide legislative advocacy for public pre-kindergarten through 12th grade education, mobilizes community engagement, and recognizes excellence in teaching.

Special thanks go to Vail Resorts EPIC Promise, Vail Valley Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, Vail Valley Cares, the Youth Foundation, the Eagle River Youth Coalition, RA Nelson, Slifer Smith & Frampton, Vail Honeywagon, Alpine Bank, Beck Building Company, First Bank, Alpine Bank and Wells Fargo.

To learn more about EFEC, go to http://www.EFEC.org.