Bookout Provides Additional Funding

John Bookout has provided additional funding to the AAPG Foundation’s K-12 Program – a program that bears his name and owes much to his commitment toward educational excellence in geology.

Bookout’s gift is in support of what is officially called the “Bookout Initiative,” named after his kick-off gift to the program in October 2007 – an initiative that has provided funding to train over 350 teachers in geology through the Ellison Miles Geotechnology Institute at Brookhaven College in Dallas. 

Teachers who recently participated in and then evaluated the program praised it as being a “tremendous experience (with) great presenters;” “It was amazing;” and “It was wonderful to see in the field what we read and study in the classroom. Thank you!”

The Bookout Initiative started after Foundation Executive Director Rick Fritz pointed out to the Foundation Trustees that financial support of K-12 activities had been “relatively modest” in past years, despite talk and agreement that such an emphasis held high value to the profession.

Bookout stepped forward to launch the funding. Since then he also funded a special field trip, “Geology on the Bus,” in January that received rave reviews from all 35 teacher participants.

The Foundation mission continues to expand through support of programs such as the K-12 “Bookout Initiative.”

For further information on this or other Foundation programs contact the Foundation administrative manager at 1-918-560-2644.  

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In other AAPG Foundation news, the Foundation Board of Trustees recently approved $47,500 in grants for the following proposals:

  • $10,000 to Trinity University for K-8 Teacher Science Curriculum Program at Stone Oak Park.
  • $2,500 sponsorship of the Student/Teacher Program at AAPG’s International Meeting in Cape Town.
  • $35,000 to AGI for the “No Child Left Inside” 2008 Earth Science Week Program.

Also, the Foundation currently is seeking Letters of Inquiry for the 2008-09 Fiscal Year. Full details regarding Foundation priorities and grant procedure submission guidelines are available to download.

The deadline to receive LOIs is Oct. 1.

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Rebecca Griffin worked as the AAPG Foundation manager until October 2010.

Foundation Update is a regular column in the EXPLORER offering news about the AAPG Foundation’s latest activities. For more information about the AAPG Foundation, visit the Foundation website, email, or call (918) 560-2644.

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