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Hillenbrand gives $130K to BPS outdoor learning project

Batesville Community Education Foundation overseeing project

(BATESVILLE, Ind.) -- Two Hillenbrand foundations are gifting $130,000 toward the construction of an outdoor learning complex at Batesville Primary School.

The project is led by the Batesville Community Education Foundation (BCEF) who announced plans for the outdoor learning area earlier this year. BCEF says the Hillenbrand contributions will allow them to complete more sections of the complex in 2024 than initially planned.

The William A. and Martha H. Hillenbrand Foundation awarded $50,000 and the John A. Hillenbrand Foundation contributed $80,000 toward the BCEF project.

This is BCEF's largest initiative to date and they do not qualify for most public grant funding, due to their close alignment with the Batesville Community School Corporation.

“We had a successful annual campaign this fall, with gifts from individual donors, and received several other noteworthy grants that netted us enough to move forward with the first phase. However, these grants from the two Hillenbrand foundations are game-changers. The BCEF board of directors is so grateful for this support, as now our foundation has the happy task of planning for not just one but multiple sections of our project to become a reality in the coming months," said BCEF Executive Director Anne Wilson.

Project leaders say an outdoor learning space will help improve academic performance, mental health outcomes, and enhance personal connections among students and teachers. The complex would be available to the school's approximately 550 students and more than 70 staff members.

BCEF plans to announce more details about the construction of the BPS complex in early


Since 2017, BCEF has donated more than $140,000 toward flexible spaces at BCSC,

with the overall historical benefit of all of its programs to the school corporation and its

students, including scholarships, totaling nearly $500,000.


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