Fairless Elementary School in North Braddock was awarded a grant in the amount of $1,530 to fund its H.E.A.R.T. project, which stands for Hoping, Educating, And Reaching Together, from the Consortium for Public Education.
Through its Great Idea Grants, the consortium rewards innovative and exciting learning projects that support the improvement efforts of schools and student achievement. Those grants have come in all shapes and sizes, ranging from as little as $100 to a maximum of $5,000.
Students in the Fairless Service Club organized various activities in the community, including non-profit collections, family events, and more.
The grant also allowed staff and students to plan and carry out a fall fair, a winter craft night, family movie nights, a carnival, and a school talent show. These events attracted hundreds of North Braddock families, and provided opportunities for teachers to collaborate with parents.
In addition, local organizations like the Braddock Carnegie Library, Word & Worship Church, and the Animal Rescue League also got involved.
Students in the Service Club spent hours planning and teaching lessons in the primary classrooms. Some of the grant monies were used to purchase supplies to enrich lessons on fire safety, math, anti-bullying, and more. The students conducted numerous building-wide collections for UNICEF, the Animal Rescue League, troops in Iraq, Pennies for Patients, Make-a-Wish, and more.
Funding for community activities has increased positive social skills, peer collaboration, and community cohesiveness.