Our mission is to support educational enrichment for the students of Ballston Spa. Through grants to educators, we fund projects that are outside the scope of the Ballston Spa Central School District's budget.  Specifically, projects that impact students’ intellectual, emotional, physical, or social development—increasing the depth and/or variety of subjects or some other form of educational benefit.

We like to think of ourselves as the “cherry on top” of what is regularly funded by the District.

We don’t fill holes in school funding; we amplify the education experiences of children.

The Fall 2019 Grant Application Cycle is underway. Grant submissions are due by Wednesday, October 23, 2019.

Growing up in Ballston Spa and attending the Ballston Spa schools left a large impression on one family of three siblings who now have chosen to pay back the district with a large gift in honor of their father. The children of Fred Reiners, Scott (Class of 1995), Kelly (Class of 1997) and Lindsay (Class of 1998), along with their mother, Susan Heim, have gifted just over $100,000.00 to the Ballston Spa Education Foundation (BSEF) to support educational enrichment grants in the classrooms of the Ballston Spa Central School District.

Fred Reiners passed away in 2001, after a 28 year career in engineering at Beeche Systems Corp. and the Fort Miller Group. Throughout his life, Fred was deeply involved in youth activities in Ballston Spa, including as a coach for the Odyssey of the Mind program at Ballston schools. Following his passing, the Fort Miller Group created The Fred Reiners Charitable Trust in his memory and appointed his family as its trustees. After providing The Fred Reiners Memorial Scholarship for graduating students from Ballston Spa High School for several years, the family decided to make a larger impact in the district by gifting the entire amount of the charitable trust to the BSEF.

The gift will have a transformative impact on the BSEF’s ability to help the students of the Ballston Spa Central School District. Up to $10,000 per year will be distributed as the “BSEF/Fred Reiners Memorial Grant for Educational Enrichment” to teachers throughout the district. These yearly grant distributions will directly align with the BSEF’s mission to fund educational enrichment for the students of Ballston Spa – projects that impact students’ intellectual, emotional, physical, or social development, whether it be in the form of increasing the depth and/or variety of subjects, or some other form of educational benefit.

Family representative Scott Reiners indicated that “My mother and sisters wanted to demonstrate our support for the teachers in Ballston Spa while providing incentive for them to think outside the box and provide enrichment experiences for the students in the classroom.”

2019

  • $8,851 inaugural Reiner’s Memorial Grant for Educational Enrichment was awarded to Gordon Creek to build an outdoor classroom.

  • $1,497 for three life-size skeletons for students in the Middle School to see how the muscles, ligaments and blood vessels interact with the bones.

  • $3,477 to purchase a SawStop table saw for the High School woodshop to ensure student safety.

  • $1,498 to purchase new rolling xylophone carts for the students at Gordon Creek to make them more accessible to students.

2016 - 2017

  • $500 for Flexible Seating Options for students in the Middle School to have opportunities to work in spaces that suit their learning styles

  • $1000 for Breakout Boxes, group problem solving kits for the High School

  • $1194 for Alternative Energy Powerhouse Kits for the Middle School

  • $1619 for six trinocular microscopes for the Middle and High Schools

  • $500 for Flexible Seating Options for students in the Gordon Creek to have opportunities to work in spaces that suit their learning styles

  • $510 for twelve STEM Education Kits for Gordon Creek

  • $349 for tools to build and maintain the nature trail to Middle School Environmental Club

  • $5743 for Genetics Biotechnology Lab Equipment to the Middle School

  • $366 for a Refreshment Cart for the Gateway students to create a business in the Middle School

  • $646 for Lego Architecture Kits for students at Milton Terrace to have hands-on connections while studying structures around the world

  • $865 for an Electronic Vinyl Cutter for High School students to use design skills they learn in real-life applications

2012

  • $1,500.00 for new TIG Welder awarded to the High School

  • $4,973.00 for a start-up Archery Program awarded to the High School

  • $526.45 for the “Choose My Plate” Display awarded to the High School

  • $2,750.00 for Vernier Probware with six laptops awarded to the Middle School

  • $588.99 for one iPad with Prologue2Go software awarded to the Middle School

  • $2,000.00 for an Anti-bullying Film Production awarded to Malta Ave. Elementary School

  • $1,585.00 for technology for Control Area Network (CAN) awarded to the High School

  • $1,000.00 for Supplemental Library Non-Fiction Books awarded to Wood Road Elementary School

  • $287.20 for Reusable Atom Models awarded to the Middle School

  • $825.00 for SMART Slates awarded to the High School

  • $2,421.90 for K’NEX Renewable Energy kits awarded to the Middle School

2017 - 2018

  • $745.99 for Breakout Boxes for Middle School math and English departments 

  • $1559.80 for Robotics Sets for Elementary and Middle Schools 

  • $978.74 for tools for the Middle School Drama Club 

  • $270 for Giving Garden at Malta Avenue 

  • $560 for Solar Binoculars for the High School science department 

  • $2,504.26 for a Makers Space at Gordon Creek 

2014

  • $1499.70 to Milton Terrace North for a Little Library Program

  • $850.00 to Wood Road for support of a 2nd grade wide production

  • $523.91 to the Middle School Science Department for a Geode Splitter

  • $1020.00 to the Middle School Science Department for Chrome Notebook headphones

  • $3245.55 to the Middle School Music Department for Piano Keyboard Lab

  • $3649.00 to the High School/Middle School Technology Department for a Laser Cutter

2013

  • $2385.00 for thermal imaging cameras for the Middle School

  • $1737.72 for wave lab equipment for High School Physics students

  • $1485.00 for SMART Notebook learning software for High School Math students

  • $1215.00 3D Printer for 5th grade science students

  • $300.00 to start a school garden for Elementary school students

  • $1500.00 to update and diversify Elementary school library

  • $400.00 for Chess Sets awarded to an Elementary School

  • $3000.000 for a NAO robot to assist the Special Education Program

  • $455.00 for a pilot rocket project for the High School physics students

  • $5100.00 for a 3D Printer awarded to High School Technology Department

2011

  • $599.40 for Wind Power Science Kits awarded to the Middle School

  • $810.00 for a “Hear Builder” Computer Software Program awarded to Wood Road Elementary

  • $633.50 for a High Definition Camcorder awarded to the High School

  • $1,194.00 for a Tetrix Robotics Kit awarded to the High School

  • $1,000.00 for the Community Garden Project awarded to Milton Terrace South Elementary

  • $1,215.00 for 2 CPR “Manikins” & 1 AED Training Device awarded to the High School

  • $600.00 for Stability Balls awarded to Wood Road Elementary

  • $2,200.00 for Thermal Imaging Sensors awarded to the High School

  • $1,250.00 for E-Book Collection awarded to the High School

  • $837.00 for a Yoga Room awarded to Milton Terrace North Elementary

  • $599.40 for Wind Power Science Kits awarded to the Middle School

  • $2,765.00 for a Training Robot awarded to the High School

  • $940.00 for Flip Video Digital Camcorders awarded to Malta Avenue Elementary 

  • $437.06 for Xbox Kinnect & 3 Fitness Games awarded to Malta Avenue Elementary

ABOUT BALLSTON SPA

The BSEF is a volunteer, not-for-profit corporation, incorporated under the laws of the State of New York and registered with the Office of the New York State Attorney General, Bureau of Charities and has a 501(c)(3) designation by the IRS.

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Ballston Spa Education Foundation

P.O. Box 276

Ballston Spa, New York 12020

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