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Metro Center's Center for Research and Evaluation BC Vision Study Results in Multiple Grants to Improve Equity

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has awarded two separate grants, one to Battle Creek Public Schools and another to the Battle Creek Community Foundation, following a Metro Center report that pinpointed inequities across the BCPS school districts.


The Battle Creek Community Foundation has been granted $8.5 million over the next five years to play an expanded role in the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's BC Vision project.

BCCF is tasked with creating a "core supporting structure" in management and oversight of the project, launched three years ago by the Kellogg Foundation and Kellogg Co.

Members of BCCF, including its president and CEO Brenda Hunt, have been involved in BC Vision in a supporting role since July 2015, mostly for "logistical and coordination support,"  the project said in a news release this week.

In its expanded capacity, BC Vision said BCCF will provide expanded training and coordination for the project's volunteers, as well as facilitating an estimated 100 meetings and community engagement events annually.

WKKF President and CEO La June Montgomery Tabron said Wednesday the investment "demonstrates our continued commitment to making our hometown of Battle Creek the best it can be."

“We have heard from the community," Tabron said, "that a sustained and long-term effort is needed to make real change, and it’s our hope that, with the Battle Creek Community Foundation in this important role, we will continue to work toward realizing a thriving Battle Creek with equitable opportunity for all children and families.”

It marks yet another investment by the Kellogg Foundation on behalf of BC Vision.

WKKF recently gave Battle Creek Public Schools a $51 million grant targeting the weakest points of the district following a New York University study called for by BC Vision's Steering Committee. NYU's involvement in BC Vision cost the foundation $362,211, WKKF's grant history shows.

In its 2015-16 fiscal year report, released last month, the Kellogg Foundation reported it paid out $1,479,586 to fund BC Vision

Original article posted here on the Battle Creek Enquirer website and is the original published work of Battle Creek Enquirer income and opportunity reporter Dillon Davis. The author may be reached at 269-966-0698 or dwdavis@battlecreekenquirer.comFollow him on Twitter: @DillonDavis