Bartlesville Education Promise invests over $ 750,000 in local students
Since its founding in 2015, Bartlesville Education Promise has invested more than $ 750,000 to ensure local students graduate from high school, the organization said.
In recognition of BEP’s commitment to its students, the Bartlesville Public Schools School Board honored the organization at its May meeting for its work in developing after-school tutoring programs and enriching summer.
“Since its inception, the BEP has raised and provided over $ 760,000 to help students be more challenged and succeed in class and during summer vacation,” said Martin Garber, Chairman of the Board of Directors of 12 members of the organization. “Our donors have been pleased with the way the school district and teachers have embraced our goals.”
Approximately $ 460,000 of this total was used to deliver programs in the school and $ 320,000 for summer enrichment activities. Because the organization has no paid staff, its administrative costs are only 7% of its funding – less than half the amount of other foundations, he said.
Last month, the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence named BEP the state’s top educational nonprofit at the prestigious Oklahoma Nonprofit Excellence (ONE) awards. BEP was also honored by the founding of the state in 2017.
Bartlesville Education Promise is primarily funded by donations from local citizens, businesses and foundations.
Although the COVID-19 pandemic has forced some efforts to cut back this year, the BEP served around 3,100 students while providing part-time employment for around 140 teachers in the previous school year.
BEP devotes a large portion of its funding to improving reading skills in elementary schools and preparing middle and high school students for graduation and productive careers.
“There are many BEP programs that can help students make up for lost ground that may have occurred in their education during the pandemic,” Garber said. “For example, we support high school remedial classes, tutoring in preparation for PSAT tests, and after-school learning opportunities at the Boys & Girls Club and the Westside Community Center.”
BEP is working with the district to offer summer programs, including transition camps for sixth and ninth graders preparing for middle and high school, virtual tutoring for elementary students who need to take a test State-mandated reading and leadership camp for third to fifth graders taught by gifted and talented teachers from the district.
To learn more or to find out how to donate, visit the Bartlesville Education Promise website.