Fayetteville-Manlius Education Foundation
Grants Approved May 2012 for 2012-2013 School Year
Title: Humanities and Earth Science at the American Museum of Natural History
Funding: $ 657
Recipient: Jennifer McDonald - High School
Summary: Low literacy ninth grade students will visit the American Natural History Museum in New York City for a hands-on Earth Science, Global History and archaeology experience. This will enhance their curriculum in both Earth Science and Global History.
Title: Authors by Skype
Recipient: Phyllis Karpen – Wellwood
Summary: Current technology will be used to bring authors to students in real time. This experience will enhance the literacy and appreciation of literature and develop the student’s ability to interact effectively with an accomplished professional. It will also demonstrate a means of engaging in global citizenship and require community building and collaborating with peers.
Title: “West Side Story” and “Romeo and Juliet"
Recipient: Francie Phelan- High School
Summary: The observation and discussion of the musical “West Side Story” will enhance the current curriculum of 9th grade humanities and its theme on the social impact on individuals. Students currently read Romeo and Juliet as part of the English Humanities curriculum. Students in these courses are selected by the school as low literacy students. Connections between the musical and text will facilitate discussion in English and Social Studies about important topics such as cultural diffusion, bigotry, cultural norms, visual and textual mediums and interpersonal communication.