Enhancing Education for Our Students
The Grant Process
Since its inception, the East Aurora Educational Foundation has awarded nearly $1,000,000 in grant funding to support educational opportunities beyond the scope of the district’s annual operating budget. Each project considered and granted by the foundation has bolstered the opportunities East Aurora teachers can afford their students, and has increased access to innovation in the classroom.
Teachers or school administrators with an unique idea or distinct need can submit a grant proposal. The foundation is focused on granting monies to these deserving parties in a focused, and efficient matter – allowing teachers to realize their requests quickly, and begin implementation as soon as possible. The foundation has also had the unique privilege to help support cutting edge projects, providing the outside spark of interest and funding which eventually allowed for broader implementation by the school district itself.
In addition to grants funded, the foundation also provides two $500 student awards at high school graduation. The Jennifer Evereth Memorial Award is given to a student who excels in the arts or music. The James Ford Memorial Award is given to a student who excels in mathematics or science. Students are selected by a committee made up of high school teachers and administrators.
STEAM Labs in All District Schools
Through the efforts of the Imagine the Possibilities Campaign Committee, $100,000 was raised to equip STEAM labs in the Parkdale Elementary, Middle and High Schools.
The students will have access to the tools they need to expand their perspective, knowledge and critical thinking skills. A STEAM based approach to learning provides students with multiple methods to seek answers to a problem, and helps prepare them for the fields of tomorrow.
Some of the purchases made possible by this grant are: 3D Doodler Pens, MakerBot replicators, 3D Printers, interactive monitors and computer labs, laser engravers, a large-scale CNC router, plasma cutter, wood mill and laser engraver.
Let’s Get Together!
The students of Parkdale Elementary School have been provided an opportunity to learn and develop social skills through game play and interaction with each other through a $9,660 grant for playground equipment and games.
Through play, they will have positive ways to make friends and learn social rules such as give and take, cooperation, and sharing. This project will also work to reduce the number of bullying incidents during recreation.
Let’s Get Together will transform children’s minds, bodies and spirits through play. The social skills developed through games and interaction are crucial to the overall development of a child.
Art Computer Lab Machine Upgrade
The East Aurora High School art students were the beneficiaries of an upgrade to the high school art lab computers which will allow them to edit and process large media files more efficiently.
The $11,395 grant supplied new Apple computers necessary to maintain the unique, enriching and cutting-edge experiences in their Video Study and Editing, Animation and Cartooning and Film Academy courses.
Students will develop an understanding of the personal and cultural forces that shape artistic communication and of how the arts, in turn, shaped the diverse cultures of the past, as well as the present. They will learn about society through internet research, discussion, and visual explorations of challenges, and incorporate this information into their visual statements.
Bringing Modern and Innovative Physics to EAHS
The East Aurora High School physics department was the beneficiary of an entirely new set of student directed, “hands on” equipment for the reformulation of the physics curriculum. In an effort to stay ahead of the curve as it pertains to initiatives on math and science based learning, the foundation provided a $10,366 grant to help expand the capacity for classroom experimentation.
This grant helped support not only new STEAM initiatives in the district, but also supplement graduate level coursework, and “hands on” learning in science, technology, and math. This helps East Aurora students remain at the forefront of changing educational standards, and the requirements of the future!
How Do Teachers
Apply for a Foundation Grant?
Those interested in applying are asked to fill out an application form and make a short presentation to the foundation board. The foundation, affiliated teachers, and district staff work together to make sure projects which are approved, receive prompt funding for immediate implementation. After one year, the teachers are asked to report on the status of their projects, and the foundation board often has had the opportunity to visit the classroom to see the grants in action!