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It is the mission of the FLEF to raise funds to help to enrich educational opportunities for the students of all 4 Franklin Lakes Public Schools that might not otherwise be provided. We are able to do this by funding grants that enrich the experience of EVERY STUDENT with "outside the box" ideas and other opportunities.
Our Grant Nights consists of teachers and administrators making formal presentations to our board to request funds for "outside the box" teaching and other opportunities. This grant process is the foundation of our organization and why we work so hard to raise money throughout the year.
To assist in the safe reopening of schools, FLEF helped fund nine body temperature scanners for each of the schools. Two scanners went to Colonial Road, High Mountain Road and Woodside Elementary Schools. Three body temperature scanners were distributed to Franklin Avenue Middle School.
Root is a mobile robot designed for experimentation, problem solving, collaboration, communication, and imagination! “Root” robots can be programmed to draw using any marker or pen, react to touch, or be controlled via iPad. Using the robots, students can make discoveries through exploration and coding while having fun. This grant allowed our schools to purchase 12 root robots and a one year subscription to Root Academy for up to 100 iOS devices.
This laser engraver will be used as an innovative technology tool at FAMS to enhance the digital masterpieces that are incorporated through Digital Design and STEM LAB. The laser engraver allows students to combine technology and creativity to engrave, etch and cut designs into a variety of materials in applications such as architectural models, graphic imaging, packaging development and branding.
While it may not sound high-tech, research shows that purposeful furniture has a high impact on student performance, attendance, and engagement. Besides allowing technology integration, flexible seating helps teachers to better engage students with a mix of independent, small group, and whole class learning essential to overall student success. This grant acted as a pilot program of sorts and included student desks, desk chairs, floor seating, stools, classroom tables and storage for student materials.
Technology innovations such as iPads, Kindles, and Digital Projection Systems were purchased for each of the schools.
Additional security upgrades, including ID badge scanners and video surveillance systems, were provided for all four Franklin Lakes public schools.
This grant was designed to support teachers in their quest to encourage perseverance, grit, and stamina in a variety of ways. This grant helped fund “wish lists” for teachers to purchase items that will assist students in practicing perseverance in the classroom. Through this grant, students will be encouraged to realize the importance of the “productive struggle” in academic and non-academic areas.