2016-2017 Mini-Grant Descriptions
Yoga is now being offered to our Middle and High School students thanks to the grant from the Foundation to purchase 30 mats and a bin to store/carry them in. Kim Enterline, who works in the Refocus Room of our High School, is also a yoga instructor. She is now bringing this popular movement to our young people. Several yoga benefits include stress management through techniques to redirect thoughts and calm the nervous system, increased concentration and focus through breathing and poses, strength building and flexibility, improved posture, stability, and balance. Students who participate are taking a preventative role in their own physical and mental wellness.
CPR Mannequins and Supplies for Babysitting 101 Class
Our 8th-grade students who take the Babysitting 101 Course are now able to be CPR certified thanks to a grant from the Foundation to purchase CPR Mannequins, AED Trainers, Epi-Pen Trainers, First Aid Kits and Student Training Kits. Having these training tools allows the student's hands-on experience and proper procedures to follow while babysitting and in case of a life-threatening emergency. The students are required to pass performance evaluations and a written exam in order to become certified by the American Health and Safety Institute.
College and Career Exploration Field Trips
Thanks to a grant from the Foundation, our high school students are able to broaden and expand their ideas about college, careers and other options by creating an early exposure to post-secondary paths. Grade 9 students visited Penn State Erie-The Behrend College where they had a hands-on experience in a chemistry lab and worked on an engineering task. They also listened to presentations about various careers in these fields. Grade 10 students visited Edinboro University. Along with a campus tour, the students met with faculty and admissions counselors to talk about career paths and discuss the importance of their high school class selections and grades as they apply to college. Grade 11 students visited Mercyhurst University where they discussed careers in Business Management, Health and Sciences, and Creative and Artistic Expression. Students were also given a campus tour.
Wacom Intuos Graphic Tablets
The Foundation is proud to invest in these digital artist graphic tablets. They will be used in the high school digital art and digital photography classes. These professional tools will advance student craftsmanship, precision, and creativity. This tablet creates many opportunities for the future of our digital artist programs.
Memory Project – Drawing and Painting
The Memory Project is a charity organization that allows art teachers and students to make portraits for youth around the world who may have been neglected, lost a parent, involved with violence, or lives in extreme poverty. This project is a great way for some of Fairview High School’s best artists to use their talents to benefit others and to show kindness. The organization will send the art teacher both a physical print and a digital image of a child. The art student will draw or paint that child’s portrait. It will then be sent back to the organization where they will hand deliver the finished portrait to the child. The art student will receive a video record of the event. This project is meant to help these impoverished children to feel valued and important – it also allows our students to become more empathetic and aware of what life can be like outside our small town. The Foundation is proud and excited to participate in a small act of kindness that can bring a difference to a child in another part of the world.
High School Maker Space Project & STEM Integration
The high school library is the location of Fairview’s newest Maker Space project. This exciting new area will provide students with many different opportunities for interactive and independent learning. It will encourage students to collaborate, create, and explore tools and resources they may be picking up for the first time or using devices they already use in a new way. This will include:
Robotics – Students will be learning and exploring the advancements in Drones, Robots, and programmable devices. Students will use their I-Pads and the internet to learn through tutorials and educational resources the controls and implementation of the devices.
Programming – Students will be using new technologies such as Arduino Bean and Raspberry Pi to design and develop programming interfaces as well as robotic operations. Students will learn through online resources to develop projects and implement/explore the new technologies.
Sound, Photo and Video Recording – This recording studio will be available to all students to conduct professional videos and voice recordings for classroom presentations. Students will learn the fundamentals of video and audio production using professional equipment in a sound, photo, and video recording room.
Vinyl Graphics and Design
– With this equipment students will be able to explore the newest techniques in design and technology. They will be able to replace outdated graphics for our clubs, extra-curricular activities, and other areas of the school.
STEM Integration – Students in Science and Math classes will be utilizing STEM equipment and tools to design geodesic structures for the Maker Space. The structures will follow tessellations and provide areas of separation for the Maker Space. The designs will be built in the machine shop of the school. Science and Math classes will also collaborate with STEM Projects to help integrate STEM in the Fairview High School curriculums.
Robotics STEM Integration
This grant was awarded by the Foundation to the Middle School’s technology education program. The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education EV3 Core Sets will be used by the 5th Grade Technology Education classes, 8th Grade Robotics classes, and after school robotics opportunities. Through hands-on learning, students will build, program, and test their design solutions based on LEGO® building bricks and real-life robotics technology. Teaching STEM subjects using robotics to middle school students will strongly support our school-wide effort to integrate this information into our ever increasingly technological world.
Serving With A Smile
Serving With A Smile (SWAS) is a group of our middle school students that visits the local nursing home, Pleasant Ridge Manor, once a month to interact and establish relationships with the residents. The students create and implement the activities. This mini-grant is to fund the crafts, games, and projects the students come up with. The students are learning how to build relationships with the elderly and the importance of doing things for others. Each student is expected to reflect on their experience after each visit. Serving With A Smile is helping the students grow up to be thoughtful, kind, organized, creative, and empathetic young adults.