Foundation supports STEM education

‚ÄčSpeaker: Megan McMurry, Blair Community Schools Foundation
Megan McMurry, president of the Blair Community Schools Foundation, spoke about the need for STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) careers, and how to get people in those jobs and get teachers to teach STEM in classrooms.
The BCSF has awarded a total of more than $27,000 grants to fund nearly 50 projects in preK-12, McMurry said. The grant limit is $750 per teacher, but some teachers collaborate and each apply for the same grant to benefit a classroom. 
The BCSF also raised $360,000 to renovate the Lela Neve Auditorium at Blair High School and started the Blair Kids Academy before- and after-school program at Arbor Park Intermediate School, and now at Deerfield Primary School as well. The BSCF awards several scholarships ever year, and is planning to set up an endowment. 
To learn more about BCSF, visit
Upcoming fundraiser
Denise Dein reported that 35 1/2 tables had been sold for the fundraiser as of Jan. 12. More have been sold since then. 
Mike Hogan with Walnut Radio has donated four tickets to the Kansas City Royals plus parking for the silent auction. Two Rivers Bank will donate two tickets to a Mumford & Sons concert and two tickets to a Luke Bryan concert.
Everyone with silent auction items for the fundraiser should drop off the items at Two Rivers Bank. There is a list of silent auction items on the Rotary website.