2021-2022 Mini-Grants

FES - Summer Reading Celebration
Tails & Tales with Jungle Terry

Every summer, the students at Fairview Elementary School are encouraged to complete a summer reading challenge. The purpose of the summer reading challenge is to help eliminate “summer slide”, improve students’ reading skills, maintain growth made during the school year, and continue to develop their love of reading. The entire school is included in this challenge, including the incoming kindergarteners and outgoing 4th graders.

To celebrate their accomplishments, Fairview Elementary
School has a Summer Reading Celebration Day in the fall. Students who completed the challenge are recognized and celebrated, including prizes and free books to take home. In addition, we always have an assembly to celebrate our love of reading and our hard work over the summer.

For this year’s theme, we collaborated with the Erie County public libraries and named our program “Tails and Tales”. This theme opened up fun experiences exploring different types of animals for our summer reading program. ‘Jungle Terry and Friends’ from Ohio is an educational animal show that specializes in schools and special events. This traveling zoo will visit Fairview Elementary and give the students a hands-on experience with live animals. This program is the perfect opportunity to celebrate and reward those summer readers, and learn about animals, too!

The Foundation proudly funded this project with EITC donations.

Jungle Terry program
Jungle Terry with yellow snake

FMS - Anti-Bullying Campaign school-wide assembly

October is National Bullying Prevention month. As part of our school-wide initiative, JLine Dance Crew performed an assembly focused on messages of anti-bullying, respect, responsibility, and setting goals on Friday, October 8th.  Fairview School District's vision includes developing respectful students who are mindful of the needs of others. This presentation is a preventative school-wide intervention that emphasizes expected and appropriate behavior for all members of the Fairview community.

The Foundation supported this program through the Ann Moore Speaker Series fund.


FHS - Life Skills Community Inclusion Field Trips

The Foundation has partnered with other community members to provide funding for the Life Skills Community Inclusion field trips.  Their teacher, Abby Yatsko, is excited to give her students the opportunity to explore their community and enjoy many of the activities enjoyed by their non-disabled peers.  Students in community-based classrooms, such as ours at FHS, often take field trips to practice social skills. Studies have shown that it is imperative that these students gain social experiences outside of their classroom and school.  Ms. Yatsko firmly believes there are so many life skills that can be gained through getting students out into the communities they will one day be expected to live in.  The students need opportunities to see their community with the guidance of a caring adult and they need opportunities to practice becoming productive citizens in their communities.  These trips are more than just fun outings. They're growing experiences.
For example, students learn how to pick the right movie for everyone in a group and respect majority rules, interact with cashiers. They also learn how to manage small amounts of money when paying for tickets, keep tickets and practice socially acceptable behavior in the theater during the showing.

This is just one example! Ms. Yatsko and her team, turn every field trip into a learning opportunity.

The skills addressed by these field trips include:

Using transportation
Using communication systems
Shopping for clothes
Shopping for groceries
Choosing groceries from a list
Paying for items
Making change
Writing checks
Using other services available to the general population
Advocating for additional services
Exercising rights of citizenship
Using leisure time appropriately
Using appropriate behavior in a restaurant
Choosing items from a menu
Communicating menu choices
Using a laundromat
Washing and drying clothes
Staying safe

We are excited to see how these students grow!

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