Fairview Park Education Foundation Announces Spring 2019 Grant Awards

We are so grateful for the support the Fairview Park Education Foundation provides for our teachers and students. More amazing things will be happening in the classroom thanks to these teacher grants!

On April 25, 2019, the Fairview Park Education Foundation Board of Trustees approved up to $6,549.39 in grant awards for teachers and staff of the Fairview Park City Schools.

The awarded grants included:

• $1,143.00 awarded to Connie Obrycki, Mayer Middle School/Fairview High School to fund a 12 week adaptive theatre class for students with moderate to severe disabilities in coordination with the Beck Center for the Arts. The purpose of the class is to promote creativity, self-confidence, social interaction and positive self-esteem through singing, acting and dancing.

• Up to $3,000 to Librarian Gayle Dill and Mayer Middle School teachers, pending the awarding of other grant sources, to host Author Alan Gratz. In addition to reading Gratz novels this summer, all middle school students will engage in a number of cross-curricular activities to promote greater understanding and tolerance of diversity among students as well as promoting self-respect during the month of September. Students will personally connect with the author during his visit to Lewis F. Mayer Middle School in October.

• $1,022.40 to Kim Gefell, Fairview High School to purchase 2 TI Innovator Rovers, robotic cars programmed by graphing calculators, and the related equipment. Students will program and code the Rovers to put math in motion, adding physical dimension to verbal, symbolic and graphic representations. The Rovers provide a starting point, leading to more advanced coding, STEM and robotics projects.

• $564.00 to Sarah Eppler and Jill Davis, Gilles-Sweet Elementary School for the purchase of 18 Conflict Resolution Time Machine Mats to be utilized with students in grades K-1. The materials will further facilitate the Conscious Discipline program. The purpose of the program is to increase healthy relationships with peers and adults by learning conflict resolution skills and to address the social and emotional needs of student learners.

• $819.99 to Graham Codney, Gilles-Sweet Elementary School to purchase 6 Dash & Dot Robots, Learn to Code Challenge Cards and Curriculum Guide. Students in kindergarten and 1st grade will have the opportunity to explore and develop coding and programming skills with unique robots designed specifically for young learners. Dash & Dot Robots facilitate creativity, promote grit and perseverance, enhance problem solving and critical thinking skills, and improve collaboration with others.

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