Ready, Set...STEM

Blended Learning

     East Aurora students, in grades K-12, will benefit from a blended learning approach through a recent grant of $15,395 from the foundation.  This grant supplements other support secured by the district for a three year pilot project titled, Acellus, the Blended Learning Solution. 

    One hundred tablet computers, 300 software licenses, two servers, and professional development will support this blended learning project which combines traditional classroom teaching and a computer-based learning system.  With the Acellus system, teachers will be able to instruct and then have students master material at their own level. 

     Kindergarten students at Parkdale Elementary School will explore concepts in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) thanks to a recent grant from the foundation. The proposal, Ready, Set…STEM was submitted by Kim Crowley-Browne, on behalf of the Kindergarten team. The $4,758 grant funded creative play equipment for the establishment of STEM labs in each Kindergarten classroom.

     The equipment is designed to spark curiosity and interest through hands-on learning. The labs will provide students with the opportunity to engage in science and engineering practices and build developmental skills relevant to STEM learning goals.

Music to High School PE Classes

     Since its inception, the East Aurora Educational Foundation has awarded more than $700,000 in grant funding to support educational opportunities beyond the scope of the district's operating budget.  Each project has enriched the curriculum and has significantly impacted the education of our students.  

     In addition to grants funded, the foundation also provides two $500 student awards at high school graduation.  The Jennifer Evereth Memorial Award is given to a student who excels in the arts or music.  The James Ford Memorial Award is given to a student who excels in mathematics or science.  Students are selected by a committee made up of high school teachers and administrators.

Recent Grants Awarded

     Thanks to a recent grant from the East Aurora Educational Foundation, a new dimension was added to the physical education classes at East Aurora High School this year.  Physical education teacher Christina Schutrum received a $250 grant for the purchase of an Ion Rocker Speaker System. 

     This portable music system has given the physical education faculty the opportunity to add music to any teaching area.  In her proposal, Schutrum noted that music is a natural motivator.  In the gym where music is available, she noticed that students were more engaged.  Now students are able to enjoy music in other teaching areas, including playlists of peaceful tunes for yoga to upbeat sounds for boot camp workouts. 

Enhancing Education For Our Students