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Foundation awards six grants to F-M educators

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FM Education Foundation recently awarded grants to several F-M educators.

May 8, 2017: The FM Education Foundation recently awarded six grants to Fayetteville-Manlius School District educators who have innovative learning opportunities in the works for students.

The grants have been awarded to:

  • F-M elementary school teacher Mrs. Marcy Baker and the Fayetteville Elementary School Site-Based Team received a grant for books and presentation materials in support of the “BEE a Buddy” Buddy Bench character education program. The program endeavors to create positive social interactions between students during recess.
  • Eagle Hill Middle School psychologist Mrs. Beth DeWolf and fifth grade teacher Mr. Vincent Pillari received a grant for five stand-up desks and adjustable stools to provide an out-of-the-box approach to student engagement. Stand-up desks address individual learning styles and allow students to physically benefit throughout the day, as studies show that students with stand-up desks burn more calories than those who sit.
  • Third grade Enders Road Elementary School teacher Ms. Karen Gibbs received a grant for eight ergonomic seats called Hokki Stools, which allow students to move while seated on a stable base. Mrs. Gibbs applied for the stools to enhance her classroom’s learning environment and enable students to choose the space in which they work best.
  • Eagle Hill technology teacher Mr. Matthew Six received funding for a DSLR camera so he can enhance his study units on Adobe Photoshop, stop motion video, editing, production, and animation. The added technology will help students channel their talent into submissions for awards and competitions, and help foster a life-long appreciation for animation.
  • Eagle Hill seventh grade teacher Mrs. Rebecca Stephens and librarian Mrs. Megan Scott received a grant for materials to start a history book club that will expose students to high quality, historical fiction and non-fiction. Students will blog and interact with other book club members through Google Classroom and participate in a Skype author visit.
  • Eagle Hill fifth grade teacher Mrs. Bridget Wojnovich received funding for a STEAM Creation Station that will foster creative problem-solving, outside-the-box thinking and critical analysis through exploration, creating, manipulation, experiential, collaborative and individualized learning. By enhancing the current curriculum and utilizing the STEAM Creation Station, students can discover and engage in exploratory learning and view natural connections among science, technology, engineering, art and math.

The FM Education Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization that partners with district residents, families, corporate partners, alumni, friends and supporters to help bridge the financial gap between the needs of educators and students and the fiscal resources of the school district.

The third and final round of grants for the 2016-2017 school year will be announced the first week of August.

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