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Fillmore Central mini grant program

Mon, Oct 25th, 2010
Posted in Education

A "mini grant" program has been continued for the fifteenth straight year by F & M Community Bank in Preston, First State Bank of Fountain and First Southeast Bank in Harmony for the Fillmore Central School District.

Grants of up to $500 each have been made available to classroom teachers for the 2010/2011 school year so they can implement a variety of innovative ideas and projects where funding is not always readily available. The goals of this program include funding projects where other means are not available and making it as easy and simple as possible.

Since it began for the 1996/1997 school year, the banks have pledged and paid over $130,900 in the form of "mini grants." When the program began, the banks pledged $ 7,650 toward the program. As interest increased in obtaining funds, the banks made additional monies available so that $10,500 is now available through the "mini grant" program.

This year the faculty submitted 42 grant requests. Some examples of the requests approved by the committee are:

• Provide funds towards a 30 second Techmasters video for Soil & Water Conservation video contest.

• Purchase yearbooks as a reward or incentive for students.

• Provide funding for supplies and curriculum/staff time for "Kinder Camp."

• Provide funding for Creative Curriculum training.

• Subscriptions to Social Studies Weekly and Global News and Maps.

• Provide funding for Clickers (student response systems or audience response systems) to be used with Smart boards.

• Purchase materials for "I Love to Read" program.

• Purchase materials for Earth Day Expo.

• Provide funding for additional materials/supplies in the areas of science, social studies, spanish and agricultural curriculums.

• Provide transportation funding for nine field trips.

There have been many other classes, equipment, travel expenses, etc. funded by the "mini grant" program over the past 14 years. Hopefully, it has helped the Fillmore Central School faculty as they provide the very best learning opportunities and experiences for our children!

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