2017-2018 Mini-Grants

FES Rocks On - Guitars in the General Music Classroom

The Foundation was excited to fund this project through our EITC donations.  This project is designed to provide students in second through fourth grade with the opportunity to learn beginning guitar in the general music classroom.  As the students learn more about reading notes on the treble staff, they will be able to apply their note reading skills to playing and performing the guitar.  Providing these instruments and instruction at the elementary level will bring string instruction back into our music curriculum in the Fairview School District and will expand instrumental opportunities for future growth.

guitars and rack photo

FMS Breakout EDU Kits

The Middle school's 5th & 6th-grade math programs are where you will find students using these unique "Lock Boxes".  Think of the Escape Room concept, only for classroom content. The Breakout EDU kit allows for the facilitation of games where players use teamwork and critical thinking to solve a series of challenging puzzles in order to open the locked box.  Breakout EDU games transfer the ownership of learning from the instructor to the student, making it easy to observe how learners approach problem-solving and apply their knowledge.  In addition to the content knowledge needed to succeed in a specific game, all Breakout EDU games require critical thinking, collaboration, creativity, and communication.  A Breakout EDU game provides learners with many opportunities to fail forward. Every unsuccessful attempt to open a lock forces the player to try again.

Breakout EDU Kits

FMS The Incredible, Edible Aquifer

The 5th-grade science class is learning about our water system and how our actions can affect groundwater and drinking water.  This fun project will illustrate the geologic formation of an aquifer (A natural underground area where large quantities of groundwater fill the spaces between rocks and sediment), how pollution can get into the groundwater, and how this pollution can end up in drinking water wells.  Students are to build a model representing the layers of earth and then introduce a "contaminant" to see how it reacts through the layers.  What makes this fun for the students is the materials used for the project - chocolate chips, sprinkles, gummy bears, soda, and ice cream are among the items used.  Students will be evaluated on the accuracy of their model, behavior during the building process and a quiz on the vocabulary used during the project.  This mini-grant was funded under the STEM Integration program of our EITC donations.
~ Check out the video demonstration under "Project Videos" tab. ~

aquifer diagram

FMS Watersheds/Point Source and Non-point Source Pollution

Kristen Currier, an Environmental Educator with the Erie County Conservation District, was the guest speaker for our 5th-grade science classes regarding this important topic.  She demonstrated to the students how the water’s journey connects to their daily lives.  She used an Enviroscape model of the local watershed Trout Run.   This instruction ties in with their current curriculum and assists in bringing the topic to life for them.  The Foundation funded this speaker through our EITC donations.

Enviroscape model of Trout Run

5th grade science class


FMS Adapted Tricycle

The Fairview School Foundation was thrilled to approve a grant to Ms. Christine Gretka, a physical education teacher at FMS, to purchase an adapted tricycle for a couple of our life skills students. The school had one, but we have 2 friends that would like to use it....now they can ride together!  This bike will allow them to be active and improve coordination.  Having physical activity during their day allows these students to be more focused when they are in a classroom setting.  

DS Classic 20in Wheel
~ Check out the video demonstration under "Project Videos" tab. ~

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