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This is the expected announcement from the Auburn Education Foundation. This year, AEF hosted a fundraiser that would raise funds to support its Teacher Grants program while also helping local businesses that have supported AEF so much at previous Gobble ‘n’ Go events. The gift cards were purchased from local businesses and the public could then donate for a chance to win one of four prizes. The drawing took place at Wegmans, the main sponsor of Eats ‘n’ Treats for Education. The grand prize (a $ 500 Wegmans gift card and a $ 500 Mirbeau gift card) was won by Marybeth Galka. The top prize ($ 500 in matching gift cards) went to Kristin Newton. Kathie Collier took home second prize ($ 300 in matching gift cards) and third prize ($ 200 in matching gift cards) was won by Ann Padula. AEF thanks Wegmans and the following people who generously supported this event: RCJB Energy Consultant, LLC; DVG, PC law; Carbonaro & Brune, CP; Michaels and Smolak, CP; Norman J. Chirco, Esq; RG Wright Agency; Savannah Bank; Auburn Teachers Association; and Jacobs Press.
Money raised through this event is intended to support unique learning opportunities for students in the Auburn Enlarged City School District. These are teacher-initiated projects which, due to budgetary constraints, cannot be funded by the district. This fall, AEF was able to support four grants worth over $ 8,500, as well as a special grant worth $ 24,050 for a total of just over $ 32,000.
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“My Beating Heart,” a grant awarded to Auburn Junior High School, will fund the integration of wrist-based heart rate monitors into the physical education program. The monitors will allow students to track their own physical health progress based on their personal data while learning to adopt a healthy lifestyle based on their own body.
A first grade class at Herman Avenue Elementary will learn self-awareness and mindfulness using yoga with the Yoga Mat to Calm grant. These mats will be shared with other classes so that more students can benefit from learning the calming techniques of yoga.
Also at Herman, funding will be provided for the “Sensory Solutions for an Inclusive World” grant. This project will create student-centered access to sensory activities and tools to help children with difficulty regulating environmental stimuli due to sensory system deficits. Students will learn how these tools can be used to maintain focus and optimize learning. Items in this grant can be used by children in other classes and will be loaned out so that more children benefit from these activities.
The latest grant will give all elementary students access to weekly math puzzles, a fun and effective way to develop computer fluency. These puzzles will challenge all students including those in need of enrichment and can also be modified for those who need extra help.
Positive behavioral interventions and supports are used in district elementary schools and junior high schools. The PBIS is a framework for the use of prevention and intervention practices that support the academic, emotional and behavioral skills of all students. PBIS involves the inducement, modeling, practice and encouragement of expected positive behavioral and social skills. Each school has its own reward system. At Auburn Junior High School, Maroon Bucks are awarded to students demonstrating expected behavior. Students save this ‘currency’ and use it to ‘buy’ smaller items such as pens, snacks, $ 5 gift cards (McDonald’s, pizzerias, etc.) In Seward, students earn Bee Bucks and can redeem them for a token for the book vending machine funded two years ago by an AEF grant.
The Auburn Education Foundation recognizes the importance of behavioral programs that help students learn and engage in appropriate academic behaviors. Therefore, AEF provided a Special Project Grant to fund a one-time grant to Auburn Junior High School to stock its PBIS store, as well as a grant to Casey Park, Genesee, Herman Avenue and Owasco elementary schools to fund a vending machine of books. , like Seward, for each of these buildings. These vending machines, located in the center, will also serve as motivation for reading.
All of the above grants were made possible through community support from AEF fundraisers. We thank the sponsors and those who have donated to AEF for the latest Eats ‘n’ Treats for Education. We respectfully request continued support through our annual appeal, which will run through the end of the year. Donations can be made online at auburnedfoundation.org or by sending a check to AEF, PO Box 592, Auburn, NY 13021. Auburn Education Foundation, with your support, will be able to fund more of these great projects!
Janie Hutchinson is a member of the board of directors of the Auburn Education Foundation. For more information, visit auburnedfoundation.org.