Nine schools in Forsyth County were recently awarded $33,000 in grants by the Forsyth County Schools Education Foundation, an organization founded in July 2015 to connect the community with FCS “to support innovative teaching and increased student achievement.”
On Wednesday morning, Forsyth Board of Education members, Superintendent Jeff Bearden and foundation representatives presented the schools with the awards at an administrator meeting.
Five elementary schools – Chestatee, Silver City, Chattahoochee, Midway and Whitlow; two middle schools – Little Mill and Vickery Creek; and two high schools – North Forsyth and Forsyth Central were chosen as recipients, which came from a pool of 44 applications and $178,086 in requests, according to Bearden.
He said those requests will be used by the foundation’s governing committee during their community fundraising outreach to share the ongoing need for support.
Last year, the foundation awarded five grants to county schools.
This year’s grants went to:
Chestatee Elementary -- $5,000
The grant will be used to expand the role of students in the redelivery of the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) message through audio visual leadership. PBIS is an “evidence-based, data-driven framework proven to reduce disciplinary incidents, increase a school’s sense of safety and support improved academic outcomes.”
Midway Elementary -- $1,300
The grant will go towards “cultivating learners’ problem-solving skills through breakout EDU boxes,” an interactive experience for students where they use teamwork, collaboration and critical thinking to solve a series of puzzles to open a locked box.
Silver City Elementary -- $3,299.96
The grant will go toward developing problem solving and critical thinking skills at an early age and the funding will be used toward the purchase of STEM kits for kindergarten students.
Chattahoochee Elementary -- $1,181
The money will go towards creating a “dynamic Farm-to-School program that involves all students in planting, growing, harvesting and preparing a variety of foods,” which will begin by building a greenhouse.
Whitlow Elementary -- $4,810
The grant will fund a project to build a production studio to be used by students where they can take ideas and concepts they have learned and want to share through digital media.
Little Mill Middle -- $4,319.70
The grant will provide STEM resources for students by providing CPO Link Science Car and Ramp Full Modules to give students the necessary tools to further their interests in STEM and “broaden their understanding of the world around them.”
Vickery Creek Middle -- $3,500
The money will “solve a school-wide problem of a lack of means to showcase student work in all content areas” and will be a collaborative design challenge during Art, Engineering and Technology and STEAM connection classes where students collaborate to create designs for the display cases and then construct the top designs.
North Forsyth High -- $5,000
The funding will be used for Family Science and Engineering Nights at North’s cluster elementary schools, in which students and their families participate in more than 20 learning stations led by high schoolers.
Forsyth Central -- $4,963
The automotive grant will go toward audio and visual equipment that will allow more than 60 students to see something that typically requires going under the hood of a car, under a vehicle on a lift, or even under the dashboard.