The Bachman Foundation awarded more than in $20,000 grants to four local organizations during a recent ceremony at the Bradley Executive Building.
Receiving grants were Woodsong Forest School, Chattanooga Christian School, Beacon Academy and the Creative Story Project.
Beacon Academy Principal Brigette Pangkey said the grant will be vital in aiding her school’s growth. Beacon Academy is a lay-operated ministry of the Seventh-day Adventist Church near Collegedale that provides Christian education for children K-12.
“Bachman has helped us tremendously,” she said.
Bonnie Cretton, executive director and founder of Woodsong Forest School, said Bachman Foundation has enabled her school to grow. The school offers kindergarten students the opportunity to experience play-based learning in an outdoor setting.
“We have seen growth thanks to the scholarship funding,” Cretton said. “Thanks for investing in us.”
Chattanooga Christian School’s Kim Cash also said the grant will be used to fund scholarships at her school. A private college preparatory school, CCS offers “a rigorous, biblically-integrated academic program” for students K-12, according to its website.
Joyce Vanderpool of the Creative Story Project said the grant will help fund expenses at her organization.
“We are delighted,” she said. “The grant will help us pay for printing expenses."
CSP offers 10-week programs that enable dementia and Alzheimer’s patients to create stories based on their imaginations, instead of memories.
The Bachman Foundation was established when Bachman Academy was closed in 2017, due to declining enrollment caused by more schools offering learning intervention programs for students with learning differences. The academy had housed students from all over the world.
To date, the foundation has awarded over $200,000 in grants.
Bachman Foundation board member Ken Weller said board members enjoy seeing the grants benefit communities.
“It warms our souls to see our work touch the community,” Weller said.