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Annual Golf Tournament set for Friday, October 14, 2016

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The Broken Arrow Public Schools Foundation is once again hosting its annual golf tournament at Forest Ridge Golf Club to benefit the students and staff of Broken Arrow Public Schools. Funding from the annual golf tournament enables the BAPS Foundation to provide innovative classroom grants to teachers. Since its inception, the BAPS Foundation has granted more than $400,000 to teachers for the benefit district students. The annual event typically takes place the second Friday of October each year.

“We’ve always had such great community support for this event,” said current BAPS Foundation President Kamara Washington. “The money that is raised from this event goes to fund teacher grants, which directly impact our students’ education.”

The 2016 tournament is scheduled to be held at Forest Ridge Golf Club on Friday, Oct. 14. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and the shotgun start will take place at 9 a.m. Numerous door prizes will be given away during this four-person scramble.

“This tournament is the Foundation’s only fundraiser, and the Foundation plays an important role within the district,” said Broken Arrow Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Jarod Mendenhall. “Every spring, teachers across our district are surprised with checks that fund their grant requests, and these grants are used to give our students a more enriched educational experience.”

The grant application process was recently streamlined to make the process easier for teachers who already have busy schedules. In just a few hours, a teacher can write a grant that meets all of the requirements, and every spring the grants are personally handed out by members of the Foundation.

"I was so surprised and excited when they walked into my classroom to inform me that I had received a foundation grant," said elementary teacher Karen Snider. "It was also a great relief knowing that I would be able to purchase some much needed resources that would help my students become better, lifelong readers."

Information about the golf tournament can be obtained by emailing the BAPS Foundation at bapsfoundation@gmail.com