Bachman Foundation endows local/regional organizations

Posted 10/10/18

Several local and regional organizations that educate children with learning differences were the recipients of funding from the Cleveland-based Bachman Foundation.The foundation made the …

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Bachman Foundation endows local/regional organizations


Several local and regional organizations that educate children with learning differences were the recipients of funding from the Cleveland-based Bachman Foundation.

The foundation made the presentations recently at its office in Bradley Executive Plaza.

The recipients of the funds were Beacon Academy, Ola Akanle, Skyuka Hall, Cleveland Nazarene Church and SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding at Black Fox.

The foundation was established as a philanthropic organization after Bachman Academy closed last year. 

Former CEO and headmaster Mark Frizzell is now the organization’s director. He said the board has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarship and the funding support since the foundation was established last year.

Although the academy closed after 100 years educating children with learning differences, the foundation carries on the mission mapped out by the school’s founder, the Rev. John Lynn Bachman. The school closed due to declining enrollment caused by increased competition, enabling many students to attend local schools instead of boarding at Bachman’s campus.

“To date, we have given over $65,000,” Frizzell said. “Dr. Bachman saw a need to educate boys and girls and give back to the community. We are growing that vision. He would be proud.”

SpiritHorse Therapeutic Riding at Black Fox director of development Steve Poteet said he was grateful for the $3,000 donation. His organization helps children with learning and other challenges to learn how to ride and trust horses.

“Thanks for the generous donation to assist children in learning how to interact with horses,” Poteet said.

Beacon Academy representatives Brigett Pangkey and Tiffany Britt were also thankful for the $10,000 donation. Their school, which is located in Chattanooga, provides opportunities for kids from home school environments to attend classes with other students with similar backgrounds.

“Most of the kids are from home schools, but there they have a chance to spread their wings,” Pangkey said.

Former Bachman student Ola Akanle received $18,450 in scholarship funds to attend school in Boston. His mother, Catherine Turkett, accepted on his behalf.

“This will help pay for his individual living expenses,” Turkett said.

Skyuka Hall, a school for children with learning differences, also received $15,000 in funding.

Lynne Forato said she was grateful for the funding.

Lastly, representatives from Cleveland Nazarene Church accepted a $2,830 donation to help fund a sensory-friendly room for its special needs children. 


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