FLEMINGSBURG — E.P. Ward Elementary School will receive a head start towards its new preschool, with Simons Middle School also able to improve its library.
The Fleming County Board of Education recently received notice that E.P. Ward Elementary School and Simons Middle School were selected as recipients for grants by the Steele-Reese Foundation. These grants are intended to be used for the coming preschool at WES and the library/media center at SMS.
Melissa James, preschool coordinator, said she applied for the grant, for the amount of $25,000, on behalf of WES in order to secure funding for the setup of a new classroom, including regulation size tables, chairs, bookcases, and learning centers and a preschool playground. This equipment will help usher in the new preschool classes starting in August.
James also said SMS teacher Cara Ryver and instructional aide Pam McGlone were the ones who applied for the separate grant, totaling $47,000. Those funds will procure a new floor in the library, media center furniture, a 36-inch poster printer, an electronic projector screen and new sound and lighting equipment for the auditorium.
“We were really surprised that we got the full amount,” James said,
According to James, The Steele-Reese Foundation is a charitable trust committed to supporting rural communities and the nonprofit organizations that serve them in Idaho, Montana, and Appalachian Kentucky.
“Since its inception, the foundation has maintained a focus on the unique challenges of rural living and on helping people build healthy, successful, and sustainable communities. The foundation supports nonprofit organizations working in the areas of rural education, health, human/social services, the arts and humanities, and land, water, and wildlife conservation and historic preservation,” the foundation’s website said.