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FCSD receives $1 million grant for tech pgrm

The Fulton City School District will be able to offer nearly a full complement of technology programming from elementary school up through high school, thanks to recent grant awards.
 
The district has been awarded a $1 million Title IV Student Support Academic Enrichment Grant to provide a 10-month extended day program for students entering grades four to six from all four elementary schools at two locations (Granby and Fairgrieve). The program will have a technology focus and will implement the LEGO Robotics program, as well as the Fibonacci Program. The grant will also allow the district to offer a two-week summer enrichment program this August and a program for two weeks in the summer of 2019.  This year's summer program will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at G. Ray Bodley High School Aug. 13 to 24. Transportation, breakfast and lunch will be provided.
 
Throughout the school year, the West side location of the grant program will be held at Granby and the East side program will be held at Fairgrieve. The grant will also provide a technology coach for both locations.
 
True technology integration for grades four to six will be supported, according to grant coordinator Michelle Briggs. For students entering fourth- through sixth-grade, the focus will be on computer science and introductory computer coding and programming skills. During the summer camp, students will learn how to fly drones, code and program Lego robots to complete specific tasks and further develop life skills such as teamwork and problem-solving.
 
Meanwhile, the after-school program will offer seven five-week modules, such as a hydroponics unit, which students may pick and choose from or attend all sessions. Briggs said the sessions help Fulton’s elementary students build their science skills and prepare them for the rigor of junior high school.
 
The expanded STEAM opportunities for Fulton students serve as a nice complement to existing technology/robotics programs currently in place at the junior high and high schools, as well as the upcoming Early College High School Program which focuses on information technology.
 
Briggs said registration for the summer camp remains open and the registration form may be found on the district website, www.fultoncsd.org.
 
The competitive Title IV Student Support Academic Enrichment Grant application was written and submitted through the collaborative efforts of Director of Student Support Services Geri Geitner, Director of Instructional Support Services Daniel Carroll, Director of Technology Dominick Lisi and Executive Director of Instruction and Assessment Elizabeth Conners.  The New York State Education Department received over 200 applications.
 
For more information, Briggs may be reached at 315-399-7155 or email FultonSSAE@fulton.cnyric.org.
 

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