It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.

Educator Grants—
Imagine the Possibilities!

Through a competitive grants process, Auburn Education Foundation awards funding to educators who have creative ideas that will capture the attention and imagination of Auburn Enlarged City School District students. Funding is awarded to projects that cannot be supported through the regular district budget and fall within at least one of the following six areas: Academics, Arts, Life Skills, Character Education, Physical Education & Wellness, and Technology.

We offer two grant cycles per academic year:

FALL APPLICATION  |  Due by October 16, 2017

SPRING APPLICATION  |  Due by February 15, 2018

Educator Grants—
Imagine the Possibilities!

Through a competitive grants process, Auburn Education Foundation awards funding to educators who have creative ideas that will capture the attention and imagination of Auburn Enlarged City School District students. Funding is awarded to projects that cannot be supported through the regular district budget and fall within at least one of the following six areas: Academics, Arts, Life Skills, Character Education, Physical Education & Wellness, and Technology.

We offer two grant cycles per academic year:

FALL APPLICATION  |  Due by October 16, 2017

SPRING APPLICATION  |  Due by February 15, 2018

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To date, Auburn Education Foundation has funded more than 118 creative educational projects in grades K-12 throughout the Auburn Enlarged City School District. Below are descriptions of some of the projects we have supported that have enabled students to learn in unique and innovative ways. Funding for these projects was made possible through generous donations from the community, alumni, corporations, foundations, and individuals. On behalf of the educators and their students, Auburn Education Foundation thanks its sponsors and donors for their continued support!

2016 - 2017 Grants

Auburn A to Z

Genesee Elementary    

Marie Jesinski, Anne Mlod, Cinda Gilmore

All district fourth graders in the Auburn School District participate in the Passport to History program. Because finding primary source material written at a fourth grade level to introduce the historical sites to students has been a challenge, the students in Mrs. Gilmore’s and Ms. Jasinski’s fourth grades, working with Mrs. Mlod, will write, illustrate and publish an alphabet book of Auburn. The book will be shared with all schools and used to provide background knowledge of Auburn’s cultural and historic sites. This project is part of a larger unit with the essential question “How does caring about the place we live, appreciating historical and cultural environments and appreciating the past and present help us to be better citizens?”

InstaStem

Victoria Calarco on behalf of all five elementary librarians   

In March, author Alexandra Sly will be visiting the five Auburn Elementary Schools. Her books are about science topics and illustrated with photographs she has taken. She also offers InstaStem Videoconferences which include an introduction to science photography and captions, photographic techniques, and a critique of student photography and captions. This funding along with a $100 donation from each elementary school parent teacher group will cover the fees to have 7 students from each of the buildings and 7 students from a global partner school work intimately with Alexandra Sly. Each building will also have one entire grade level participate in writing science captions while receiving a personal critique from Alexandra. The funds will also pay to get student photography printed professionally.

 

STEM/NGSS:
”Bone Tissue engineering: An Interative Engineering Design Module “

Sharon Campanelli  Auburn Jr. High School   (all 7th grade students)         

This S.T.E.M. engineering design project focuses on creating engineered bone tissue to repair “actual” bone. Students will design a cranial mesh implant for a “patient” (Styrofoam mannequin head) suffering a traumatic skull injury. Students will be exposed to the overarching ideas that engineers apply science to real-world problems – in this case a patient’s inability to heal completely on their own. Students will also gain understanding of interrelated organ systems in the context of bone growth and healing as the design for blood flow and tissue function. Students will explore and test how their designs address potential solutions.

World Music Drumming and Dancing

Auburn Jr. High 

Lisa Edlind

 This grant will fund World Music Drumming Curriculum and the instruments to accompany it.

This program will bring a cultural awareness to middle school students. Ms. Edlind has ten years of experience working with this curriculum, its creator and master teachers and drummers from around the world. Educators and administrators have reported better, more educationally integrated classes, improved attendance, and fewer discipline problems when students are involved with this program. Students learn to communicate better with fellow students and also how to lead, understand and demonstrate the techniques of cooperative teamwork. Students also will gain a better understanding and place greater value on the peoples and musical cultures of Africa and the Caribbean.

Yoga in the Classroom

Auburn Jr. High

Krisi Newton  

Anti-bullying, health and wellness and character education are common themes in American schools today, all focusing on educating the whole child, mind, body and spirit. Yoga, by nature, supports this learning. Research shows that yoga leads to academic achievement, positive behavior and physical and mental well-being of students. This grant will allow for the purchase of mats, blocks and straps, flameless candles, room darkening shades, lavender scented oil and cleaner for the mats. The instructor will implement Meditation Mondays in her Health and Physical education classes a few times per semester and in an after school PBL session using the same philosophy. This proposal is part of our district initiative to enhance student social and emotional developmental health.

 

Sawing into the Future

Auburn High School Technology 

Justin Herrling

This is to fund the purchase of a Hudson Portable Sawmill to be used in woodworking, construction and civil engineering classes. Students will brainstorm and design projects with lumber that they will have cut and then bring their designs to fruition. Math and science teachers will be invited to work with these classes to integrate the curriculum (milling dimensioning, species of trees and uses). The instructor also plans to have students partner with those who could help with design and creation of structures and furniture. Students would also be able to make items needed for display, seating and storage at the high school. Overall, students would be gaining actual experience in a field involving technology.

 

Seward’s Edible Outdoor Classroom

Seward Elementary School

Meredith Torrisi  

The edible outdoor classroom is a student-designed edible forest garden and outdoor learning space located on the grounds of Seward Elementary School. Initiated in 2015 by Meredith Torrisi’s fifth grade class, the project encompasses the design and implementation of an outdoor learning space where students at all grade levels can connect lessons in science, math, ELA, health and nutrition to hands-on experiences in nature. AEF awarded a grant for this project for Phase I start up. This present grant is for Phase II which includes the building of an outdoor structure (pergola style) and establishing tree stump seating, raised beds, a pollinator garden and compost bins.

 

 

Bottle and Can Recycling

All buildings

Sustainability Committee

This project will place containers to collect recyclable materials in classrooms and common areas, initially at AHS followed by the other school buildings. By collaborating with a variety of student groups, faculty, administration and maintenance, this student driven project will help to address the recycling issue and provide all individuals in our schools the opportunity to help create a greener more sustainable school.

Lorraine Barry Memorial Art Award

The Barry family gives this monetary award to an Auburn High School art teacher to spend on supplies for his/her art classes.

This award was created in 2011 by Mrs. Barry’s family. Lorraine Barry was a wife and the mother of six children.  Mrs. Barry was an accomplished artist. Her works include oil paintings, watercolors, acrylics and sketches. A sampling of her art has been published in a book titled The Art of Lorraine Barry.

Mackenzie Ostrander receiving the award from Janie Hutchinson.

2015 - 2016 Grants

Seneca Lake Ecology Research Trip

Auburn High School  

Kathleen Austin

Nearly 120 high school students explored and investigated lake ecology while aboard the Scandling research vessel on Seneca Lake. Students worked collaboratively, collecting biological, chemical and physical data from the lake water and bottom sediments. The data was compiled and sent to Fingerlakes Institute to become part of the EPA project monitoring the health of the lake. Researcher Nadia Harvieux from the Institute, of Hobart College assisted in leading student research.

National Archery Program

Auburn High School

Jason Brichard, Shelley Connors

The Physical Education Department updated and improved both the archery equipment and the curriculum. This  included  the participation in the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) which has been shown to improve school attendance and behavior. NASP is a cooperative effort between state conservation departments, school systems and private organizations to engage students in outdoor activities. Archery is a non-discriminatory sport and can be taught through this program to almost any student of nearly any age or skill level.

 

Outdoor Classroom and Garden

Seward Elementary School

Meredith Torrisi

The courtyard at Seward Elementary School was turned into a regenerative edible garden. The garden classroom was opened to all students who attend Seward and was used to study science, nutrition, ecology, and environmental issues. The students were able to observe the life cycle of plants, the life cycle of the soil and see how plants can have a symbiotic relationship with one another. Students prepared, planted, maintained and cultivated the garden.

  

Matt McElligott Evening Program

All Elementary Schools 

Elementary Librarians

Matt McElligott, a popular children’s author and illustrator, visited Auburn elementary schools the week of March 7, 2016. This grant added an evening program for students and their families during that week. The author did an interactive presentation on his newly released book — Mad Scientist Academy: The dinosaur Disaster. The goal of an author visit is to encourage students to read and write.

To Kill a Mockingbird Performance at Syracuse Stage

Auburn High School

Kimberly Doan

Several English classes at Auburn High School read and discussed the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. They then attended the performance at Syracuse Stage. Seeing this particular play was an effective way to teach academic content, to increase student tolerance by providing exposure to a broader, more diverse world and to improve the ability of students to recognize what others are thinking and/or feeling.

Filipino Culture Night

Genesee Elementary

Anne Mlod

Mrs. Mlod, Genesee School Librarian, was selected as aTeachers for Global Classrooms Fellow. She travelled to the Philippines in June. Students at Genesee learned about the Philippines prior to her departure.  At the Filipino Culture night, students and their families tasted Filipino food, played Filipino games and made Filipino crafts.

Creating, Collaborating and Problem Solving with Legos!

Genesee Elementary

Anne Mlod, Cinda Gilmore

Two base plates and a Lego Robotic/WeDo resource kit for students have been purchased for the students at Genesee Elementary School. These component parts supplement kits already available to the students and allow more students to learn Scratch, a free coding program from MIT that allows students to develop their own interactive stories, games and animation. Working with these legos in this capacity help students to think creatively, reason systematically and work collaboratively, all essential skills for the 21st century.