Forsyth Schools hands out $33K in grants

Nine schools chosen to fund STEM projects, leadership development



FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — The Forsyth County Education Foundation has issued grants totaling $33,000 to local schools to fund a variety of projects.

This year, nine schools received funding to put toward projects.

The foundation was created in July 2015 and is an opportunity for the community to partner with the district to support innovative teaching and increased student achievement.

The first grants from the foundation were distributed in September 2016.

The second round of grants were awarded Sept. 20. Superintendent Jeff Bearden said 44 applications were entered seeking a total of $178,086.

“It was great to see the passion for the project behind each application from the teacher or administrator,” Bearden said. “Those requests that are not funded today will be utilized by the foundation governing committee during their community fundraising outreach to share the ongoing need for support.”

The 2017 winners were:

  • Chestatee Elementary School: $5,000 for the Positive Behavior Intervention System. The funding will expand the role of students in the redelivery of the system message through audio visual leadership.
  • Midway Elementary School: $1,300 for an interactive experience for students where they use teamwork, collaboration and critical thinking to solve a series of puzzles to open a locked box. The funding will be used for 10 Breakout EDU kits to be used with students at all grade levels.
  • North Forsyth High School: $5,000 for vertical team outreach working with feeder schools. This funding will be used for Family Science and Engineering Nights at their cluster elementary schools, in which students and their families participate in over 20 learning stations led by high school students.
  • Vickery Creek Middle School: $3,500 to fund a collaborative design challenge during Art, Engineering and Technology and STEAM connection classes where students collaborate to create designs for display cases and then construct the top designs.
  • Silver City Elementary School: $3,299.96 for developing problem-solving and critical thinking skills at a very early age. The funding will be used toward the purchase of STEM (or science, engineering, technology and mathematics) kits for kindergarten students.
  • Little Mill Middle School: $4,319.70 for STEM resources for students. Funding will provide modules to provide students with the tools necessary to further their interests in STEM and broaden their understanding of the world.
  • Chattahoochee Elementary School: $1,181 will be used to build a greenhouse to create a farm-to-school program that involves students in planting, growing and harvesting.
  • Forsyth Central High School: $4,963 for the audio and visual equipment needed in the automotive technology pathway to show over 60 students tasks that typically requires them to go under the hood of a car, under a vehicle or under the dashboard.
  • Whitlow Elementary School: $4,810 to build a production studio to be used by students for technological equipment and to convert a current storage room into a production studio.

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