2013 Grants Awarded

Congratulations to the following grantees! We are delighted to fund projects that will engage students and enhance learning, ultimately adding life experiences and enriching the Fairfield Public School’s curriculum.

Here are the latest grants in process:

Diversity through Latin Dance, Karin Martel, Fairfield Warde Middle School, Spanish, Grade 8

Students will learn the history and influence of dance within the Latin Culture through the dances Bachata and Merengue from the Dominican Republic, Cha Cha Cha, Mambo and Rumba from Cuba and also about Salsa dancing, which is of Caribbean and African origin. The lessons will offer students a highly engaging activity where they will work collaboratively with peers to gain a greater understanding and appreciation for one of the fundamental aspects of the Latin culture.

Trout in the Classroom, Tim Foster, Fairfield Warde High School, AP Environmental Science

With the Nutmeg chapter of Trout Unlimited, students will work with hatching and raising trout in the classroom with the eventual goal of releasing the trout into the nearby streams. This project will help students better grasp the reproductive cycles of fish and gain a deeper understanding of why humans raise trout in captivity to be released (recreational as well as ecological purposes).”  Partial funding also coming through Newman’s Own.

Fitness with a Traverse Wall , Amy Gagnon, Stratfield Physical Education, K-5

With a new traverse climbing wall, students will be using motor planning, muscular strength, endurance and agility. The new fitness activity can be used as a station in the Body Management unit, an interdisciplinary activity, an activity to enhance student discourse, and can also be used as a problem solving activity.

Social Centers, Lisa Santiana, Maureen Mocker, Fran Wilder and Paulette Paoletti, Holland Hill Kindergartens

Research shows that imaginative play is the catalyst for social, physical, emotional and moral development in young children. Realizing the importance of incorporating a structured socialization component into the day, this grant will allow the classrooms to provide activities that are play-like and require peer interaction while the children transition into full day classes.