The Foundation helped create the MakerSpace in 2014, funding grants for 3D printers, CNC machines, a vinyl cutter, and other equipment. This grant funds four new 3D printers for this space. Over the last five years, the MakerSpace has experienced significant growth and is used by students from all curricular areas. These new 3D printers will replace old equipment and provide students with quicker and more detailed printing capabilities.
Art Display Stands and Panels
The current art panels were provided by the Foundation many years ago but are not sufficient to meet the growing needs of the department today. This grant funds new stands and panels to display both 2D and 3D artwork.
Savannah College of Art & Design Summer Educator Forum
This grant sends two art teachers to the Summer Educator Forum with SCAD’s ground-breaking professors. This week-long professional development opportunity involves 16 hours of coursework in traditional and tech-forward classes, like jewelry making, Shibori, VR, UX, Animation and Industrial Design. (Postponed due to pandemic.)
Business Incubator - MVP
This annual grant provides funding for each Business Incubator group to create a Minimum Viable Product in order to determine viability of their business idea and gain knowledge regarding possible alterations necessary to develop their product or service.
Sound Studio Video Upgrade
The Sound Studio was initially funded by the Foundation in 2016, with additional investments made in 2017. This space has significantly grown in popularity with students, who are increasingly creating multi-media presentations for their coursework. This upgrade allows the Sound Studio to evolve into a mini, full-time video production studio, adding a multi-camera system and sound-proofing to the original studio components.
This will be LFHS’ sixth year hosting TEDxLFFHS, a youth TED event that features LFHS students, community members, and innovative thinkers who have “ideas worth spreading.” This grant will enhance the performance quality of the event by funding state-of-the-art wireless headset microphones for the presenters, a 4K 82-inch TV for slide projection, LFC Kit by Lightform to create “live” images to animate the TEDx letters, andequipment to livestream the event on YouTube. This equipment will also be used for other school events like Graduation, Veteran’s Day, and the Talent Show.
LFHS Reads Program
LFHS is implementing an optional summer reading experience for all students, designed to connect people around books. Similar programs are common at many area high schools, and this grant funds the books for all students to encourage participation. (Postponed due to pandemic.)
Mindset Mathematics Workshop and Leadership Summit
The Foundation funded two grants for participation in a workshop with Jo Boaler of Stanford University. Her work is widely revered in secondary math ed circles and this opportunity to engage with her and her work is exceptional. The first grant sends 6 math teachers to the Mindset Math Workshop and the second grant is for the Instructional Director to attend the Leadership Summit that is part of the workshop. (Postponed due to pandemic.)
TI 84 Graphing Calculators
Some students are unable to purchase the graphing calculators that are needed for many math classes, as well as for ACT/SAT testing. This grant funds 20 new TI 84 calculators that will be available for check-out for homework and testing.
Flexible Science Lab Furniture
Building on the tremendous success of the grants from 2018 and 2019, the Science department will gain an additional classroom with mobile, multi-functional lab tables and chairs. The movable furniture design provides teachers the flexibility to instantly change the entire classroom configuration, from lecture to lab to small group learning. These interlocking lab tables, certified to withstand the extreme elements found in science classrooms, allow the department to move from teacher-centered to more collaborative, student-centered learning.
Binocular LED Microscopes
This grant funds 72 professional-grade microscopes for our biology and other life science classes, giving students the ability to study bacteria, protists, human tissues and chromosomes, plant anatomy and more. Similar to what is used at the college level, these microscopes will replace the current “economy grade” equipment and provide users with top-of-the-line specimen observations.
Emotional Support Resources
This grant funds several items to support the Special Education Department, including a pilot with Calm Connect, bouncy band wiggle seats to assist students who have a hard time staying in their seats, and weighted shoulder wraps to ease anxiety. In addition, walkie talkies were funded to allow faculty and staff to reach the behavior specialist and other SEL staff more quickly if an incident occurs in class.
Bass Fishing Equipment
The Bass Fishing Club is hoping to reach more students and get them involved in the sport. Students who do not have their own/proper equipment or do not have prior knowledge of the sport are hesitant to try it out. This grant funds equipment to support the club, keep students safe, and provide the opportunity to be successful during tournaments.
This grant funds 5 new MacBook Pro computers to add to the school’s supply of devices available for student check-out. Increasingly, students need access to the school’s advanced software, such as the Adobe Creative Suite, Final Cut, and AutoDesk Maya, at home to complete school projects. These loaner computers will give students the ability to check out computers to use this software that they cannot access with their Chromebooks.
New Sound System for Both RMA and Little Theater
Both the Raymond Moore Auditorium and Little Theater will receive a major sound system upgrade, bringing these critical theaters into the digital soundscape. The new Dante equipment funded in the grant will provide enhanced sound amplification, more flexible capabilities, and a system that is more intuitive for students to learn and use – allowing them to work with equipment that is the new standard for educational and professional theater. Used by countless groups, the new sound equipment will enrich the quality of the many student performances that take place in these theaters each year.
Lifeguard Equipment and AED Trainers
The Lifeguarding class has grown in popularity and currently there is not enough equipment for all students to participate. This grant funds new backboards for students to practice the necessary lifesaving skills, as well as new AED Trainers. The AED Trainers will also be used in the Freshmen CPR unit.
Weight Room Equipment
The Fitness Center is the primary learning area for the Strength & Conditioning class, and is also used by other wellness classes, sports teams, students and faculty. This grant provides new weight training equipment and stationary bikes to support the growing interest in the Strength & Conditioning class, particularly among female lifters, as well as all students and faculty who use the facility during the school day and after school. The Boosters is supporting this grant by providing 10% of the funding.
Table Tennis Equipment
This grant funds four new table tennis tables, adding to the four tables that are currently available. This will allow the Wellness Department to add a Table Tennis instructional unit since there will now be enough tables for an entire class. In addition, a Table Tennis Club will be started after school.
Frisbee Golf Equipment
Frisbee golf will become a unit of instruction in the Wellness for Life and Team Fitness courses. This grant provides disc golf targets that will create a 9-hole course for instruction in Frisbee Golf. A Frisbee Golf Club is also planned for after school.
AP Spanish & Culture Program
This grant provides the registration fee funds for the AP Language & Culture Immersion program in Seville, Spain, sponsored by the College Board. The conference will provide a deep understanding of the AP Spanish curriculum and exam that will then be passed onto the students. The teacher will cover her own transportation costs. (Postponed due to pandemic.)