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|Strings Concert, teacher Kathy Anderson said, |
"I was so overwhelmed by the generosity of the FTEF, I was afraid to speak because I was going
Megan Abner, Grant Patrol Chairperson for FTEF, says, “We always look for new and fun ways to tell teachers that their grant request is being funded. This year, we were able to catch some teachers when they least expected it. It’s also really exciting that the students are involved.”
Amy Shaffer, FTEF Board President, added to Abner’s statement saying, “Presenting checks to the teachers and students is always our favorite time of year but we wouldn’t have anything to give without our thoughtful donors. Each year I am humbled by the generosity and support of our community to our schools and students.”
This year’s FTEF grant recipients are:
• HHS Broadcasting & Filmmaking Department (Mr. Poff) - construction of a new Audio Engineering Lab
• HHS Engineering Technology (Mr. Rosel) - contribution for laser cutter and mill equipment for engineering students to have real world and problem solving experience and career readiness.
• HMS & HHS Strings Orchestra (Mrs. Anderson) - new cellos
• HMS & HHS Band (Mrs. Duncan) - new brass & woodwind instruments
• HHS Band (Mrs. Duncan) – new marimba
• HHS Resource Room (Mr. Gay) - 3D Printer from FTEF and 2 3D Printing Packages from GE
• HMS Language Arts Classroom (Mrs. Kampschmidt) - alternative seating to encourage student creativity and improve engagement.
• HMS Physical Education Program (Mrs. Schlarman & Mr. Staff) - Heartrate monitors & pedometers to promote lifetime fitness.
• HMS Broadcasting Program (Mrs. Griffith) - New equipment
• Johnson, Moyer & Woodfill Elementary Media Centers (Mrs. Zimmerman, Mrs. Robinson, Mrs. Sousa & Mrs. Neltner) – Three grants for devices to work with iPads to gain experience with STEAM
• Woodfill Elementary Arts & Humanities Classes (Mr. Gessner & Mr. Rockel) - StageTech equipment to enhance sound & audio theatre experience
• Woodfill Elementary School (Mr. Faust) - The Leader in Me training program to further develop culture of leadership through 7 habits of highly effective people
In addition to the 14 grants provided by FTEF, Highlands High School Media Specialist Jason Gay also received a grant from General Electric for a 3D printing package; Andrew Simpson, GE employee and FTIS parent was on hand to deliver the great news to Gay. The grant provides funding for two new 3D printers with supplies from GE’s Additive Education Program.
Said Gay, “We are excited with the new possibilities and student creative endeavors with the help of FTEF and General Electric (…) I am thankful for the support and encouragement of FTEF and GE as we progress Highlands Library programming as a distinguished model for Kentucky.”
Keith Faust, principal of Woodfill Elementary and recipient of the Leadership grant, said, “We are developing students for not just the next 4 years, rather the next 40 years. I cannot thank the FTEF enough not just for the grants for Woodfill, but for everything they do for our students.”
|Surprising Lori Duncan during the HMS Band Concert tonight with Amy Shaffer and Kevin Duke|