Measurement Math Lab - West Franklin Elementary School - $472.00
A math lab at WFE would support our building and district CIP goal to increase mathematical proficiency of students for the 3rd and 4th grade Ohio Achievement Assessment. Building data indicates that students lack the proficiency of the measurement standard. This lab would be supplied with U.S. Customary and Metric measuring materials and will make learning measurement interactive for students, focusing on liner, volume and capacity measurements. 

Here's what WFE teachers have to say about this year's Math Lab experience:  
"These experiences allowed students to take knowledge from the "hands-on" stage to the "paper and pencil" stage with greater success. They have a background knowledge to refer back to that is meaningful and concrete."

"The students seemed to LOVE the Math Lab! We primarily used it for measurement this year and having the tools to teach capacity, volume, area, and perimeter helped so much. Several students finally grasped the concept of visualizing a 3-dimensional shape after having the time and space and materials to build one."

"The measurement lab has been a wonderful addition to the math curriculum this year. Students were always excited to be in it and being able to visually see and do hands on activities provided wonderful real-life connections to the math concepts they were learning. "

"The lab is a wonderful resource for our students to explore measurement. The materials in the lab allow students to learn about measurement hands-on and in a variety of methods."

"What was most exciting for me about the measurement lab was the enthusiasm that it brought to both teachers and students. Teachers worked together to plan and coordinate activities for the lab. They shared with each other what worked and what didn't work, and many grade level teams have already started talking about next year. EXCITING! Students were engaged in activities that they might not have experienced otherwise. The lab was a place for "messy" things like sand and water tables, rice tubs, etc. There was a great joy in the lab -- students were exploring new materials and excited about doing so."

Recycling Project - Darbydale Elementary School - $700
Through this service learning recycling project, third grade students will learn about environmental responsibility through studying the impact they have on the environment and how they can lessen that impact. . . Other learning opportunities will include, researching how to recycle, recycling benefits, year long data collection, volunteerism through school wide paper collection, sharing scientific findings with peers and adults, and teaching fellow students through technology created media such as charts, graphs, posters and persuasive writing.

Summary: "We began our recycling project by reading the book The Lorax by Doctor Seuss (and other literature on recycling paid for by our grant), which became the cornerstone of our project. The book taught the children about the consequences humans can have on the environment through their actions and how to make positive environmental choices.

As our service project for the year, we visited a landfill and were able to acquire recycling bins for every room in the school. The third grade organized and took on the responsibility of collecting all of the recycling for Darbydale each school day throughout the year.They used literature to prepare a skit to perform before the school to teach the other students and staff about the importance of recycling paper . . . Finally, the students made a final presentation to their families at a 3rd grade family night.

As teachers, we had many learning goals for the children with standards in mind, but what they took away from this experience was far more than anything we imagined. We began this project with a vision of what it would be and the children took it on themselves and it thiers. To say they learned the importance of environmental responsibility is an understatement. . . We are proud to say, the children learned more than we could ever measure!"

Broadcast News, Franklin Heights High School - $250
The Franklin Heights students will deepen their understanding of the work that goes on behind the scenes of television production. They will see the tenets of journalism unfold in a concrete manner. The key here is to see, hear, feel, smell and yes, taste journalism first hand. Research strongly supports hands on experiences for urban youth to attain the highest level of knowledge.

Summary: "We were able to take sixteen students from our Broadcast News class on a complete tour of the Channel 10 news station, from the control room to the broadcast tower. The students were permitted to be on set during a noon broadcast and met with News Director, Elbert Tucker for a one hour question and answer session. . . In addition, the students and professionals shared the desire to be fair and accurate and give a voice to the voiceless. The experience had a direct impact on the achievement level of student work that students produced after the trip . . . pushing the mark even higher.  For the remainder of the school year students continued to set their sights high and work tirelessly on behalf of the Franklin Heights community."

Fitness and Nutrition Club for Kids, Darby Woods Elementary School - $935
Although childhood obesity is not new or innovative, providing a solution is.  Educating children and parents about fitness and nutrition is critical at a young age. Research states that health fit children do better in school and on tests. As teachers, we want children to be and do their best. F.A.N Club for Kids encourages a healthy lifestyle that will last a lifetime. This topic is at the forefront in America, and SWCS has the chance to be on the cutting edge with F.A.N. Club for Kids."

Summary: "Surveys completed by participants and parents of the participants indicated positive results of the program on a student by student basis. During the final session of each course, surveys were collected from parents and students. The information in the surveys included: confidence, self-esteem, mental alertness, overall physical improvement and knowledge of nutritional benefits. This allowed us to document the progress in every area for each individual child. Through the F.A.N. Club Student Journal and Parent Guide, students and parents were able to view progress in fitness and nutrition habits for both the student and family.

It is hard to summarize the many positive comments by students and parents. All of the students in all three sessions indicated that they wanted to do F.A.N. Club again. Most stated that they had tried different foods, and that they tried not to eat as much "junk". Parents' comments were very encouraging as well.

Boost Reading - Buckeye Woods Elementary School - $230.43
This portable, handheld, battery operated device will enable visually impaired students to enlarge printed text, graphics, photos, and other objects conveniently in any part of a classroom and and his/her environment. The students will be able to access print anywhere in the school without being tethered to the electric, desktop enlarging equipment."

Summary: "Through the use of the Boost device, a student has improved his reading level from a C to a J. This is great progress for this visually impaired student who is considered legally blind; the Boost device gave the student independent freedom to self advocate by giving the student the ability to enlarge printed text, graphics, photos, and other objects in the classroom and around the school environment. The student was able to access print anywhere in the school without being tethered to electronic desktop enlarging equipment. In addition, this device gave the student the flexibility to participate independently and spontaneously when printed material was presented in casual interactions as well. For example, when it the student's teacher's turn to go to another class to buddy read, the student could pick any book to read to the buddy not just the enlarged versions. An improved reading level has helped this academically in all areas."