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Farmington Public School Foundation Grants to Fund Innovation in Schools

Four schools awarded grants totaling $7,000.

The Farmington Public School Foundation (FPSF) recently awarded four grants to be used to enhance educational programs at four Farmington schools.

The innovative programs receiving grants in 2012 are:

Farmington River Environmentalists: Third grade students at Union School will explore the health of the Farmington River and raise trout for release in conjunction with Farmington Alternative High School students.  Grant submitted by: Paige Dominov (Union School)

Noah Wallace School E-Newspaper: All Noah Wallace students will participate in the production of an online newspaper that includes articles, pictures and videos.  Grant submitted by: Maureen Gilroy (Noah Wallace School)

Archaeological Field School: FHS Anthropology students will participate in archeological digs at Stanley-Whitman House using state -of-the-art software to analyze and curate artifacts.  Grant submitted by: Joel Nicks and Jeremy Pilver (Farmington High School)

Bench Mark Beautification Community Service Project: Farmington Alternative High School students will receive mentoring and business development planning instruction to develop their bench-building program into a self-sustaining business.  Grant submitted by: Michelle Kinsella (Farmington Alternative High School)

"We are very excited to be in a position to award four grants this year and are excited about the educational opportunities that are now possible.  Successful fundraising efforts, like the FPSF Adult Spelling Bee that was held last May, combined with community support will allow FPSF to continue to further our Foundation's mission of funding innovation in education," commented Lori Brantner, Chairperson of FPSF.

Each year, Farmington Public School teachers are encouraged to apply for an FPSF grant to fund an innovative educational initiative that otherwise would not be possible through the regular school budgetary process.  Before being submitted to FPSF, all applications are reviewed by school administration and determined to meet the educational goals of the Farmington curriculum.  This year, FPSF received 12 grant applications for a variety of initiatives.

Additional details on FPSF grants as well as information on how to support the foundation can be found at FPSFoundation.org

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