Education foundation awards grants to teachers
The Board of Directors of the Education Foundation of Fairfield Public Schools met April 3 to award grants to district teachers and staff who applied for funds to purchase items for their classrooms.
The board awarded a total of $14,090.07 to 19 teachers. Applications received totaled more than $64,000, with 29 requests.
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 iPads for student use in middle school special education classes, electronic visual document camera for accounting classes at the high school, science and social studies software for third grade, Mac laptops for middle school reading and GOAL, and LeapFrog items for preschool.
Awards for music, art and physical education were funded. Such items as marching mellophones for middle school band, CD player and speakers for elementary physical education classes, CD/cassette listening center for third grade, microphones for high school choir, Heidi songs for kindergarten and tabletop easels for high school art.
Several requests for classroom libraries of books were funded, as well as, materials for word building, fluency and math game and learning centers.
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 foundation’s website at www.fairfieldeducationfoundation.org.
The Education Foundation’s biggest fundraiser is the Faculty Follies. The Follies will be at 2 p.m. May 5 at the Fairfield High School Auditorium. Tickets are available at each school, the Administration/Curriculum/Technology Center and at the door.
Raffle tickets are now on sale from any board member. Tickets are $20; participants could win up to $2,500.
Education Foundation Board members are: Chad Thompson, president, Bev Nelson, secretary, Beth Greiner-Ward, treasurer, Margaret Kelly, Ben Huff, Doug Kuehl, Gary Henry, Terri Kness, Glenn Perkins, Steve Lamb, Detra Dettmann, Cathy Kaska, Hanna Kerr, Jeri Kunkle, Craig Foss and Art Sathoff.