One of the key ways we provide opportunity to high needs students in the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) is through our Academic Opportunity Fund. Our fourth and final funding round for the 2021-22 school year recently closed and we’re proud to share that we’re investing another $44,000 to meet the needs of BVSD students. This brings our total Academic Opportunity Fund investment to over $150,000 for the 2021-22 school year.
In Round Four, community volunteers helped evaluate 17 anonymized application requests and provide feedback on funding decisions. That data was then reviewed by Impact on Education (IOE) staff and final decisions were made.
- The average amount of funded requests was under $3,300, though requests ranged from $320 to $7,500.
- 14 projects will be funded directly by IOE, and we are working to meet some of the other needs through existing BVSD services.
- The funding will support twelve of BVSD’s elementary, middle and high schools.
A variety of needs
From competition fees to tutoring programs, our Academic Opportunity Fund supported a variety of student and school needs including funding to:
- purchase guided reading bundles for elementary students
- fund tutoring sessions at multiple schools
- purchase Neuromaker Brain Computer Interface Kits for STEM learning
- provide professional development for trauma recovery
- help DECA members in financial need attend an international competition
- fund instrument repair and competition fees
- purchase graphic novels to help students with their reading comprehension
- expand a school-based tutoring program
Other ways we’re investing in student success
The success of BVSD students sometimes requires more than our schools and teachers are able to provide during the day, and this is where we step in. With the help of our community, we can support students and families by providing equitable access to critical academic opportunities.
This summer, we’ll be working to help students in our Career Readiness Academy line up summer employment, preparing for an expanded early learning program for rising kindergarteners this summer, and kick off our annual Crayons to Calculators school supply distribution. Learn more about how we support Student Success.