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Fayetteville Public Education Foundation ConnectED Newsletter Fall 2016 EEK! Grant Spotlight Thanks to the Josephine Clark Endowment, the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation was able to fund EEK!: Environmental Education Kits for Inquiry Based Learning. The kits are a unique alternative to field trips, offering inquiry based environmental activities in the classroom or outdoor learning lab. […] Read More
Thanks to the support of the Truity Education Foundation and the Bob Gaddy Keystone Endowment, the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation was able to fund the Greenhouse Garden Project. The greenhouse at Fayetteville High School has afforded over 400 students a state-of-the-art teaching facility that provides hands-on agricultural activities, builds agri-career skills, and encourages healthy lifestyle […] Read More
It only takes a quick skim of our grants and recipients to see the ideas brought to life by the Foundation’s donors. Visit the many ways to give and invest in Fayetteville’s public education.Read More
We are pleased to present to you the FALL issue of Connect-ED, our new e-newsletter. It is our hope to provide you with a snapshot, each quarter, of the wonderful ways in which our donors and supporters make exciting things happen in our schools.Read More
With over 9,000 students enrolled in Fayetteville Public Schools, we are given 9,000 opportunities to make a difference. We believe that every opportunity offered to each student is equally important and this video from Northwest Arkansas’s United Way describes why. Statistics referenced in the video: 1. 61% of low income kids live with no children’s […] Read More
Larry and Nancy Bittle recognized the potential of Fayetteville Public education Foundation from the very beginning. They have always been eager to assist in creating opportunities for our teachers and children.
The Bittles have gone above and beyond in their dedication to Fayetteville schools. They are Decade Donors, Larry is a Hall of Honor inductee and served as a school board member, and Nancy has served almost six years on the FPEF board and was the president in 2014-15. The Larry Bittle Insurance Agency is a sponsor for Hall of Honor and the Celebration of Excellence. They are passionate about assisting teachers to use innovative methods to better appeal to students, and encourage them to find excitement in learning.
The Bittles have both a personal and professional interest in the Fayetteville Public Schools. Their children all graduated from Fayetteville schools, and have five grandsons that will attend. Larry has operated the Larry Bittle Insurance Agency for 46 years, and strongly believes excellent schools create a successful business community, as well as attracting new families. Fayetteville Public Education Foundation is honored to highlight Larry and Nancy Bittle for their years of dedication to our public school system.
Don Deweese is no stranger to education.
He is not only a graduate of FHS but retired after 34 years of employment as a teacher, librarian, and district library supervisor with the Fayetteville Public Schools. However, what is most dear to his heart is his wife, Marty Thurlby Deweese, and her dedication to foreign language. In 1985, a fund was established in her honor to help FHS students travel abroad. After her passing in 1987, family and friends grew the fund and established the Marty Thurlby Deweese Study Abroad Grant in her memory.
The vision for the scholarship is to encourage: the study of foreign language, the exploration of other cultures, understanding of other peoples, awareness of ourselves as world citizens, and foreign travel. Since the scholarship’s inception over forty FHS students have been provided the opportunity to travel around the world to places ranging from Italy to South Africa to Japan. Each scholar has been exposed to a new language, tradition, and culture; experiences that will last a lifetime.