The Fayetteville Public Education Foundation held its 16th Annual Celebration of Excellence on Monday, April 25th. The event awards outstanding teachers and students. It took place at the Arkansas Air and Military Museum at Drake Field in Fayetteville.
65 teachers were recognized during the banquet.
The foundation also awarded $186,533 in grants to schools and teachers who came up with innovative and creative projects that fall outside the school district’s operating budget. In the past, teachers have applied for grants for things like rockets, sewing machines, terrariums.
Fayetteville Public Education Foundation Executive Director Cambre Horne-Brooks talked to us about the program in a Howdy Neighbor interview earlier this year.
The grants will be awarded in the fall, spring and through separate gifts from businesses, foundations and individuals.
Also at the event, the foundation announced five new endowments for the teacher grant program.
The Fayetteville Public Education Foundation also acknowledged Dr. Paul Hewitt, the Fayetteville Public Schools retiring Superintendent. He received the 2016 “A Patron Providing Leadership By Example” Award for his time with the foundation and schools.