To the Editor:

On Jan. 15, 2019, the Foundation for Educational Excellence was awarded a generous grant from the Bargain Box of Hilton Head. It was with sincere appreciation that we accepted this grant, which will allow us to continue to realize our mission of providing Beaufort County School District teachers with the means to enrich their students’ educational experience through innovative learning opportunities.

The Bargain Box of Hilton Head grant will be used to support our 2019 fall cycle of Innovative Teacher Grants, directly impacting these students.

The Foundation was founded in 2007 to support the mission and goals of the Beaufort County public schools. We provide Innovative Teacher Grants, School Resource Grants and Student Enrichment Grant programs to encourage and inspire student achievement through innovative instructional practices.

Our grant programs are funded by private donations and grants, such as the one from the Bargain Box of Hilton Head.

In addition, funds are raised at the Foundation’s annual event, Jewels and Jeans, held each year on the first Saturday of March at the Country Club of Hilton Head. Since beginning our grants programs in 2009, the Foundation has awarded more than $215,000, offering more than 84,000 student learning opportunities.

The Bargain Box of Hilton Head has been awarding grants to local organizations such as the Foundation since 1970. On behalf of the Foundation’s Board of Directors, I thank the Bargain Box of Hilton Head for this recent grant and their continued support of our work.

Deborah E. Colella, Ph.D.

Chair, Foundation for Educational