Education foundation awards 24 grants
The Board of Directors of the Education Foundation of Fairfield Public Schools met Oct. 3 to award grants to district teachers who applied for funds to purchase items for their classrooms.
The board awarded a total of $18,536 to 24 teachers. Available funding was increased by $5,000 through an award from the Greater Jefferson County Foundation.
Teachers are using technology to present materials and skills to entire classes and also are incorporating strategies that allow students to engage with technology on their own. Funding for technology included computers for student use in middle school music, electronic visual document cameras for elementary and high school classrooms, three interactive whiteboards for elementary, listening centers and ipod shuffles with headphones for a kindergarten classroom.
The board continued its support of the high school’s Project Lead the Way curriculum which engages students in activities leading to careers in engineering, science, mathematics and technology: funding to purchase two robotics design system kits was granted. An application from two elementary teachers to purchase a science kit to engage students in the study of levers and pulleys also was funded. A request from high school science for 15 triple beam balances was funded as well.
Awards to music, art and physical education included watercolor pads, ipod sound docks, speakers/amplifiers and a channel mixer. Two requests for classroom libraries of leveled books were funded as well as materials for word building and math work station activities.
The foundation funds grant requests from district teachers in October and April each year. The board seeks to promote excellence in education through the use of private revenues. The foundation promotes the use of current technologies to engage students and enhance their learning and supports teachers in their efforts to provide innovative programming for students. Information about the foundation board, past grants and making tax deductible contributions is available on the district’s website at www.fairfieldeducationfoundation.org.