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 Tuesday, October 15, 2019

SPRING APPLICATION  |  Due by Monday, February 17, 2020

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 Monday, October 15, 2018

SPRING APPLICATION  |  Due by Friday, February 15, 2019

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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!

2019 - 2020 Grants

Matilda the Musical

AJHS

The students involved in the production learn how to work together in a fast-paced, high-stakes situation where things need to be completed correctly in a designated, set time. Stage crew learns how to set each scene change so that the correct set pieces/drops/props/costumes are as needed for the scene to happen correctly. Each actor on stage is responsible for learning not only how to be an individual performer by memorizing their lines and their staging, but also how to support each other in the scene, how to improve upon their character by delving into the sub-context of what the character says and their physical mannerisms throughout the performance. Students learn to work cooperatively in relying on one another for strength in a large group as well as small ensemble performance numbers. They are also learning to be confident public speakers and gain presentational skills in not only using their vocal articulation appropriately, but also skills in stage presence and physical mannerisms that translate to a variety of situations.

Heat Transfer T-shirt Press and Supplies

AJHS

Custom T-shirts allow students to express organizations and philosophies that they embrace. The environmental club will be the first group to design, assemble and produce T-shirts for their club signifying their commitment to making a better environment for our community and the world. When students have a feeling of belonging and allegiance to a worthwhile cause they become activists. Showing this with custom T-shirts that they design allows them to appropriately express themselves and their commitments. 

Drone Building Project

AJHS

This grant challenges students to design, build, program and operate a fully functional drone. It will expose the students to all of the work done before a drone can be flown. Students will specify, order, assemble, drone components into a competitive drone for drone challenges. Skill sets include soldering, wiring, programming, integrating systems. These skills are not part of AJHS curriculum but and integral part of the technology of drones along with basic and intermediate engineering skills.

Modeling Linear Motion

Auburn High School

Motion of objects makes up the largest portion of the Regents Physics Curriculum. It involves not only understanding the math associated with it, but also a conceptual understanding of a graphical model of motion using the Vernier Track Motion Kits. Students will be able to explore how the change in position affects velocity, acceleration, and force acting on an object in real time. 

The kits are designed to meet the needs of multiple learning styles through their clear representations of motion and tactile components. Students will be able to collect data samples easily as the materials come with built in sensors that export the data to a spreadsheet program. This will make data analysis by students easier allowing the instructor more time to assess students understanding of the material. This project meets the district goals of using strategies that engage students by encouraging them to use higher order thinking skills, collaboration, and creativity. The project will also meet the New York State Science Leaming Standards that require students to focus on modeling of scientific concepts. 

Student Mindfulness Using Yoga

Auburn High School

Students in secondary Academic Intervention Services classes will participate in weekly yoga lessons focused on improving their academic concentration and reducing their stress. The yoga activities will include poses focused on strengthening balance and linked with intentional breathing exercises.  

Research has shown that the implementation of yoga practices improve student resilience to stress as well as show improvement in student concentration, self-awareness, behavioral and emotional maturity, and self-confidence (Hagen & Nayar, 2014).  The goal of this project is to implement short weekly or bi-weekly yoga practices with the materials provided by the grant and in doing so, increase student achievement not only in AIS class, but with the hope that these positive behaviors will carry over into the rest of their school day.  

Library Podcast Studio

Auburn High School

Students at Auburn High School do not see themselves as content consumers. Instead, they are driven to be producers of content and that is in every aspect of their lives. With this project, students will have the opportunity to be content creators. They will build a podcast studio and then create podcasts for class assignments or simply because they are passionate to do so in their are time. 

Students will learn how to work collaboratively together to develop a space that they will maintain. Students will improve their public speaking skills and their ability to convey information in a well-thought/well-informed and responsible way. 

I Spy Sensory Boxes & Sorting Bins

Owasco Elementary School

A sensory bin is a tactile, hands-on learning experience for students. The bins will be filled with different textures, colors, sounds, smells. These bins will be used in many different ways to address student achievement. As a whole bin, using “I Spy” Cards, students will be presented with a self-directed challenge of finding various items in the bin, ie: a red car, a red letter A, a red pompoms, etc. This activity will aid in color recognition, letters, observation and fine motor skills as the students will use tweezers and scoops to sort through the bins. Used with sorting trays (ice cube trays) students can learn about relationships by sorting red soft items into one chamber and red hard items into another. Other items can be used in isolation as fidget toys for students with sensory stimulation. These items can help combat sensory overstimulation. 

Egg Timer Review Game

AJHS

The purchase of the Educational Insights Wireless Eggspert will impact the entire eighth grade student body. The students will be retaining their academic knowledge and increasing their academic scores by reviewing content materials. While using the timers during the debate/whole group discussions, student’s will gain confidence in public speaking and begin to better articulate their thoughts and opinions. Developing these skills in the 21st century are imperative for student’s College Readiness. The timers will be used during review games, building wide vocabulary review, and classroom discussions around debatable topics. 

Reading to Rise Above the Ordinary

AJHS

The World Language teachers at AJHS will incorporate leveled readers, in our target languages, to expand students’ exposure to authentic reading material and increase their fluency. Leveled readers permit differentiation, giving all students the opportunity to gain confidence by successfully reading a book in a language other than English.

Author visit: Marcie Colleen

Genesee Elementary School

Author Marcie Colleen (thisismarciecolleen.com) will present an assembly to Genesee 4th-6th grade students in December during which she shares the story of how she became the author of the Super Happy Party Bears series. The presentation includes a look into the writing process, including revision, questions and answers, and an optional dance party. By understanding the writing process from an author’s point of view, students will be motivated to revise their own writing. 

6th Grade Etiquette Luncheon

All Elementary Schools

The 6th grade etiquette lunch will provide students with the opportunity to learn proper dining skills. These skills can be applied in their homes or restaurants and are necessary and beneficial as they grow up. In their personal and professional lives etiquette skills will be essential to their success. The lunch will take place at the Hilton Garden Inn. Students will enjoy a 3 course meal while an etiquette expert leads them in proper cutlery use, table manners, and handling faux pas. 

The goal of this grant is to provide meaningful and hands on exposure to etiquette when dining in a social or professional setting. The skills that they learn now, will be beneficial to them as they grow older. So many students today are glued to a device that they have lost the ability to hold a face to face conversation or even look up from a device while eating a meal. This etiquette experience will ensure that our students are able to appropriately handle social and professional dining experience throughout their lives. 

The purpose of this project is to utilize wasted space, improve the aesthetics of the Casey Park Courtyard, and to give elementary school students an outdoor space where they can learn and enjoy nature. This project will involve a hometown architect, contractor, Casey Park students and staff, AHS Z-Club, and AECSD maintenance staff. Students involved in this project will be exposed to multiple career opportunities  and will gain first-hand experience working with professionals.

March Book Series by John Lewis

AJHS

John Lewis, Civil Rights Icon, has created an innovative graphic novel series which covers the entire Civil Rights movement from the 1950s through the inauguration of Barack Obama. 

This grant will fund the purchase of a classroom set of March, a three book series, which are engaging and historically accurate. After reading the books, students will create a 10 page graphic novel that details another incident in American history related to social justice.

Book Vending Machine Project

Seward Elementary School

Seward Elementary School will work with Global Vending Group to bring a book vending machine to the school. Seward would utilize the vending machine in conjunction with their Positive Behavior Incentive and Supports (PBIS) program where students earn Bee Bucks (Seward’s personalized incentive system) that could be used to “purchase” tokens for use at the book vending machine. The machine will be stocked with a variety of fiction and non-fiction books that will include appropriate reading levels for students in grades K-6. 

Social Justice Speaker and Books

AJHS

A classroom set of Refugee by Alan Gratz will be purchased for student use. Students will then hear from a speaker, a refugee from the Sudan who has recently been elected to the Syracuse Common Council. Students will be actively engaged in classroom discussions and during the speaker’s visit. This project will help students develop a social-emotional understanding of the refugee crisis on a more personal level.

Escape Room

AJHS

The escape room package, “The Disappearance of Mr. George” is a digital program where the owner can create puzzles for the players to solve using any content of their choosing. The answers to the puzzles will crack a code and the first team to crack the code is the winner. Students will be highly engaged in this competitive format and will have to use deductive thinking and cooperative learning to solve each puzzle before receiving the next clue. Content will be from the book The Outsiders by SE Hinton and several short stories read throughout the school year. 

Engineering Brightness

AHS

This grant will be used to sponsor a free community event on April 16, 2020 that would include a presentation by John Howe and Tracey Winey, co-founders of the organization, Engineering Brightness. The community will learn about the philanthropic efforts of Engineering Brightness and what they do to help combat light poverty around the world. At the event, 3D printers will be running to show the community what a 3D printer is and how they can be utilized to solve global problems. Student projects (art, poetry and other) will be featured at this event. The presenters will spend the following day working with students on building 25 3D printed solar powered lanterns. Students from each building will participate in this service learning project.

Operation Healthy Heart/Healthy Mind

AHS

This program will begin each new semester. Students will begin the semester with their pre-assessments including, heart rate recovery, blood pressure, and target heart rate for cardiovascular exercises. Students will use classtime activities to improve heart health and then monitor with the heart rate monitors. 

2018 - 2019 Grants

Visiting Author Maker Faire

All Elementary Schools

Authors Miranda and Baptiste Paul along with Cameroon farmer Tantoh Nforba, the subject of the Paul’s book, I Am Farmer, visited each elementary school and shared how Tantoh solved water problems and developed community gardens in his country. Auburn Education Foundation funded an evening event where parents, students and community members could learn about the experiences of the authors, illustrator and Farmer Tantoh. The event also featured a Maker Faire in which students in grades 3-6 shared environmentally focused projects. Students, individually or in groups, identified an environmental problem and developed a solution to this problem using the design process taught in the Innovation Lab located in each elementary building. The seed money for these Labs was also funded by Auburn Education Foundation. Chosen projects were displayed at the evening event and the students discussed their projects with attendees.

 

Sound Recording Technologies

Auburn Jr. High

Auburn Junior High School students interested in the technical aspects of music and visual design (stage lighting, acoustics, live sound mixing) as well as public address technologies (promethean board application, video projection ) will have the opportunity to set up, facilitate, and tear down sound and audio at AJHS events (assemblies, guest speakers, meetings, award ceremonies, etc.). This will be accomplished with the purchase of a set of two wireless microphones and an earset lavalier.

First Person View Drone Project

Auburn Jr. High

With the purchase of three first person view drones, students at Auburn Junior High School will be able to describe, repair and operate these drones AJHS students will be able to experience piloting drones remotely and acquire an understanding of drone technology. They will also have the opportunity to use them in sanctioned BOCES drone competitions.

Project Invent

The Project Invent Program provides curriculum and gives students an opportunity to work with engineer professors from MIT to realize a solution to a global or local issue. Students involved in this program will submit projects to Project Invent and if chosen, will travel to Silicon Valley to pitch their design to industry leaders.

Essential Modular Circuits

Auburn High School

These kits will provide students in the electronics and engineering classes at Auburn High School with simple, easy to understand materials from which they can build series and parallel circuits. Students will increase their understanding of circuits and their applications in modern society.

“Expanding Your Horizons” Girls STEM Conference

Auburn Jr. High

This one day STEM conference held at Cornell University targets 7th and 8th grade girls who would not otherwise be able to participate in a program of this nature. Conference goals are to stimulate the participants’ interest in math and science through hands-on activities and to foster awareness of math and science-related careers.

      

Asian Elephant Live Free Coloring Book

Herman Avenue Elementary School – 5th and 6th Grade

Herman Avenue fifth and sixth grade students will have the opportunity to develop, illustrate and write captions for an innovative coloring book and to assist the Elephant Nature Park in Thailand. Students will gain knowledge and strengthen their appreciation of endangered species, a different culture and how to be a global citizen. Coloring books will be given to each participating student and a copy will be sent to each elementary library. Electronic copies will be sent to the Elephant Nature Park where profits from sales will be used to care for the animals at the park.

Advancing Literacy Skills with Karaoke

Genesee Elementary School

The purchase of a karaoke machine will allow students at Genesee Elementary School to use music and lyrics as a way to strengthen literacy skills. Students will be motivated through music to use phonics to read and identify the link of rhythm, sound and text.

2017 - 2018 Grants

Breakout Boxes

Seward Elementary School

Beth Cuddy

Breakout kits are immersive learning games. Students work in small groups and are given a series of clues which they have to solve in order to “break in” to a locked box. The activity requires the use of skills such as cooperation, critical thinking, communication, and problem solving. Students are engaged, enthusiastic and motivated while working to solve the puzzle. These boxes can be designed to be used with any curriculum at any grade level.

MakerSpace-Combining Coding, Fashion and Micro-computers

Auburn Jr. High

Kasha Fletcher    

Through learning, understanding and application of knowledge, students will apply concepts of STEAM to create electronic functioning textiles. Students will collaborate in teams to design and electronically coded functional textile that is operable by the wearer or user of the textile. Students will be able to explain and present the process to the community.

“The Most Beautiful Roof in The World”

Seward Elementary School

Michael Vail        

The students of Mr. Losani and Mr. Vail’s fifth grade classroom at Seward received an Auburn Education Foundation grant for the purchase of a classroom set of the book, “The Most Beautiful Roof in the World.” The book is a vivid encounter of a famous conservationist, Meg Lowman, and her escapades into the canopy of the rainforests of Central and South America. Students will conduct several projects while completing a unit on the rainforest using this book as a guide.

Math Board Game Library

All elementary schools 

Stephan Kowalski

A series of math games will be housed in the library of each elementary school. Teachers will be able to sign out the games for use in small group instruction. The games enhance the existing curriculum and engage students in fun and relevant learning activities.

Breakout!

Auburn Jr. High

Marcella Didio       

Eight complete kits will be housed in the Auburn Junior High School Library for school-wide use. The kits are an innovative way for students to demonstrate their learning.  Students do not sit in seats, read from a book, look at a screen or listen to a teacher. Instead, students talk to one another about information from the book and think how this information applies to the clue they are reading.

Breakout the Learning: Thinking Outside the Box

AHS

Christina Lupo

Five breakout kits that encourage student engagement and learning through collaborative problem solving will be housed in the high school library for teacher use. These boxes allow students to use inquiry, technology and collaboration to work through the clues and solve problems to demonstrate their understandings on a topic. These boxes are cross-curricular and can be used in any subject area.

iPod's for Reluctant Readers

Auburn Jr. High

iPod’s will be used by those students who have difficulty reading independently for any length of time. Several of the seventh graders at AJHS are reading below grade level and innovative ideas are being sought and used to engage these students. Providing these students with audio books that they can listen to as they read will help the reluctant reader and advance his/her literacy.

NGSS Phenomena-based 7th Grade Audubon Trip

Auburn Jr. High

Lisa Spencer 

All 7th grade students will take a trip to the Montezuma Audubon Center in Savannah, NY. This grant pays for the cost of admission. The new state and national science standards (NGSS) focus on phenomena-based learning. Students will use this opportunity to investigate the phenomena of invasive species and its impact on biodiversity. Students will be able to experience first-hand how local ecosystems are impacted. All activities are designed to increase student understanding and awareness of this phenomena.

Challenging Students to Break-Out

Auburn High School

Brian Bealer

Chemistry students will actually construct six breakout boxes that will then be used by chemistry classes at the high school. The boxes are based around a series of puzzles that students have to solve in order to solve the problem. They are tailored for the subject so that students have to use content knowledge to determine the answer. To encourage the success of the group, each breakout box will contain a key to a larger chest that can only be opened once every group has successfully completed all aspects of the activity.

Fitness to the Beat of a Different Drum

Auburn Jr. High

Shelly Connors      

This grant will focus on how music and rhythm can be related to fitness. The drums needed for this project were purchased by Auburn Education Foundation in a previous grant cycle. Several state and national Physical Education conferences have featured the incorporation of drumming into a fitness program to improve fitness, rhythm and behavior. The music and physical education teachers will work together to implement POUND and Drums Alive, two types of drumming-for-fitness programs.

Sustainability Workshops – All 5th Grade Students

All elementary schools

Cayuga County Cornell Cooperative Extension educators will conduct sustainability lessons to each 5th grade classroom in the district. Through a series of hands-on interactions during class times, students learn about sustainability and the environment including recycling, re-purposing, composting and more. District 5th grade teachers will be trained so that the program can be continued each year.

2017-18 Special Project

Genesee Elementary School

Genesee Elementary School’s Odyssey of the Mind team under the direction of Mrs. Anne Mlod, challenged themselves to solve a problem in the community. They chose to focus on the fact that people do not really know about other people around the world and do not do as many kinds acts as they should. With a grant from the Columbian Foundation, the team connected with Odyssey teams in other countries and sent kindness boxes. Each box contained wristbands that say “Kindness is Key”, Tootsie Pops and Kiva gift cards to support Kiva projects which are loans to help people in poverty start a business. Boxes went to teams in Canada, Cote d’Ivoire, Czech Republic, Mexico, Russia, Singapore as well as teams in the United States. All were asked to do acts of kindness and report back to the Genesee Odyssey team.

Playground & Interactive Play Space

Preschool program at Auburn High School

A safe outdoor playground and interactive play space for toddler and preschool age children who attend the AHS preschool program. Through play activities, the children will exercise, learn new skills, challenge themselves and develop physically, mentally and socially.

 

High school students collaborated with engineers, architects, and builders. These students had the opportunity to take on leadership roles, mentor other students, and work with one another.

      

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.