Want to help feed the educational need in Columbus? You can start by ordering an Italian feast at Tre Bicchieri.
For the second year, the Bartholomew Consolidated School Foundation is cooking up a “feed”uccini dinner on Sunday to raise money for educational projects such as field trips, teacher grants and scholarships.
Tickets are $15 and include pasta, bread, salad, dessert and a drink — as well as full service by local teachers and administrators.
Last year about 150 meals were served. Ethan Crough, executive director of the school foundation, expects to pump more more meals out of the kitchen this year.
He encourages the community to come out to eat, drink and be merry.
“It’s a fantastic cause,” he said. “I like to think of it as funding creative capital.”
The school foundation exists to fund projects and initiatives that help students and the community.
Last year’s donations funded $10,000 in financial assistance to students, $18,000 in grants to innovative teachers and $15,000 to support literacy and math programs in the schools.
Profits from this year’s fundraiser will continue to go toward efforts in equity, innovation and opportunity — such as the new young designers program.
Crough hopes to see the program — which will send every third-grader in the district on a tour of downtown Columbus and kidscommons — become a community initiative that will expose elementary students to their hometown.
“Too often you hear people say, ‘I grew up, I left and then I found out Columbus was amazing,’” he said.
Partners already are getting behind the effort.
The school foundation received a grant this week from the Heritage Fund — The Community Foundation of Bartholomew County that will support the project for two years.
Erin Hawkins, director of marketing for the Columbus Area Visitors Center, said she believes in the mission of the project. Although some schools, such as Parkside Elementary, have been sending their students on tours geared toward third-graders for years, other schools have not found the funds.
Hawkins grew up in Columbus and remembers hearing about how great of a city it was but not why.
“We think it’s great when young students living in our community are able to learn about what makes our community special and unique,” Hawkins said. “I think the goal of ensuring that all third-graders in all classrooms have that opportunity really adds a lot of value.”
Crough said the project to bring schools downtown is just one of many the school foundation will explore.