Fisher-Titus Health’s Health Education Grants have been supporting health and science initiatives in the classroom for 22 years. This year, nine local schools will receive a total of $36,000 to achieve goals and make math, science and health education fun for their students.
“As leaders in our local schools, we recognize your strong commitment to the communities we serve and once again we will distribute $36,000 today in recognition of your important work,” said Matt Gross, CEO of Fisher-Titus Health, during the 22nd annual Fisher-Titus Health Education Distribution Program luncheon.
“In addition to monies provided by Fisher-Titus Health, we were able to maintain this level of funding thanks to our board members, senior leaders, and numerous physicians who, through the Fisher-Titus Foundation, made a generous donation to this program. This is another example of how high we set the level of importance to this event and what it represents.”
Since 1996, 202 health education grants have been awarded through this program. During a luncheon ceremony Friday, Feb. 23 at Fisher-Titus Medical Center, Fisher-Titus awarded this year’s grants to nine local school districts including Edison Local Schools, Monroeville Local School District, New London Local Schools, Norwalk City Schools, Norwalk Catholic School, South Central Local Schools, Wellington Schools, Western Reserve Local Schools and Willard City Schools.
“We have distributed more than $866,489 in the 22 years the program has been in existence,” said Dennis Doughty, chairman of the Fisher-Titus Medical Center’s Board of Directors.
“This organization believes it is our duty to bring the best people to the best workplace in order to provide the best care possible. Our partnership with you, the brightest and best people in our schools, helps us further our mission.”
Applicants were required to submit a grant proposal to Fisher-Titus that included a detailed explanation of the project to be funded. Grants were approved by the Fisher-Titus Medical Center board of directors. Under this program, school districts receive grants up to $4,000.
During the luncheon, each recipient presented a brief summary of the program last year’s grant funded and information about this year’s plan for the grant.
Fisher-Titus Health Education Grants
Edison Local Schools
Since 2003, the district has made a concerted effort to provide our student body and staff with dynamic technological applications which support 21st century learning skills. The Fisher-Titus Medical Center Health Education Grant has been instrumental in helping us achieve this objective. The Health Education Grant has provided funding for 13 of the 89 SMARTBoards™ and 4 of the 7 SMART Document Cameras™ currently used in classrooms, labs and meeting areas throughout the district.
To date the district has made good use of the interactive whiteboards and projectors in our classrooms, but we have found the technologies we currently use are becoming outdated. Looking toward the future, Edison is transitioning our classroom technology in support of developing Edison Works and STEM curriculum at Edison High School.
This year’s grant will help defray the cost of purchasing two portable Clever Touch Plus 65” interactive LED whiteboards to be housed in the Science/Mathematics Wing and the Library Media Center at Edison High School. Portable touchscreens will provide 387 high school science and 307 mathematics students with the latest technology to enhance learning in the classroom.
The whiteboards will be used by Grade 9-12 science and mathematics teachers and their students, as well as, district administrators. They will also be used Edison community-at-large organization meetings and in-district professional development.
Monroeville Local Schools
Monroeville Local Schools is in the process of implementing a STEM education program through Project Lead the Way (PLTW). After implementing a robotics program through First Lego League last year with the help of FTMC, we have seen the need for providing our students with additional opportunities in problem-solving strategies, thinking critically and creatively, communicating and collaborating with others, and persevering when something does not work the first time. These strategies are inherent in the PLTW Program.
Monroeville Local Schools is requesting a grant award in the amount of $5,000 to assist in funding the implementation of the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Program in our junior high. The course, “Design and Modeling”, has been developed by and is a part of their Gateway Program for introducing STEM education into grades 6 - 8. In this course, “students discover the design process and develop an understanding of the influence of creativity and innovation in their lives. They are then challenged and empowered to use and apply what they’ve learned throughout the unit to design a therapeutic toy for a child who has cerebral palsy”.
PLTW’s Gateway Program “empowers students to lead their own discovery. The hands-on program boosts classroom engagement and excitement, drives collaboration, and inspires “aha! moments” and deep comprehension. As students engage in PLTW’s activities in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, they see a range of paths and possibilities they can look forward to in high school and beyond.”
The funds will specifically be used to purchase the program which is inclusive of equipment and supplies, professional development for our instructor, and a participation fee.
New London Local Schools
New London Local Schools prides itself on its dedication to student learning and preparing students for their future. In doing so, New London Local Schools have embraced and encouraged the use of technology in all content areas across the district. Science, math, and health are content areas that can specifically be impacted by increased technology usage and student development of critical thinking skills. This grant will further develop New London Local Schools 21st Century Media Center.
The goal of this project is to develop a media center where paper based resources are not the predominant tool in the media center. The components of our plan design include soft seating for small group collaboration and meeting, flexible seating which may be easily moved to provide a variety of functions, collaboration space that supports technology, and a clear definition of space within the space allowing for multiple activities to take place simultaneously. The plan design includes standing work stations that promote movement while collaboration and learning occurs.
New London has a vision where all instruction is delivered to students using state of the art technology, where students interact with their peers and teachers using technology in an attempt to better prepare them for the world that awaits them after graduation, and where students can experiment, explore, and discover new skills as well as reinforce old ones using technology. Receiving support from the Fisher-Titus Medical Center Health Education Grant will allow New London Local Schools to continue to promote student centered exploratory lessons in science, math, and health courses by purchasing a Clever Touch Board that supports student learning, promoting a higher level of excellence. In addition, by redesigning physical space of in the Media Center it will create an environment that promotes exploratory learning.
Norwalk Catholic School
This year’s grant in its entirety will help fend activities and equipment that will allow students to study diabetes and cholesterol in Biology, AP Biology and Anatomy/ Physiology. These tools will allow further education on the symptoms, underlying causes, treatments and prevention of diabetes and high cholesterol.
Students will be confronting two health issues in depth which is not currently possible. This includes the use of a simulated genetic test, blood pressure sensors/monitors, diabetes diagnosis materials, and simulated blood samples.
Two of the most prevalent problems facing Americans are diabetes and high cholesterol. Each of these alone can be devastating in the toll they take both physically and financially on the affected person and their entire family. Prevention through education is key to stopping the growing problem of both conditions. St. Paul High School, through its life science courses, will further educate students on the symptoms, underlying causes, treatments and prevention of both diabetes and high cholesterol.
Norwalk City Schools
The staff and students of the Norwalk City School District have benefited greatly from the generosity over many years from the Fisher-Titus Health Education Grant.
The proposed project is to add a Chromebook cart at League Elementary that will be used by all students. Roughly 231 students will use the Chromebooks for various classroom tech activities throughout the school year. Students will create projects with the Google suite; they will also learn how to code among other STEM activities. The Chromebooks will be used in a variety of ways to work toward preparing students to compete in the workforce and continue their education. The Chromebooks will allow students to better create, connect and collaborate so they will think further and deeper and more meaningfully about topics to form their own understandings.
The Chromebooks will allow students to learn in a fun way. They will make it easier for staff and students to communicate, connect, collaborate, create, and critically think. All of these things will help students attain a higher level of excellence in their future education and their future employment.
Having these Chromebooks on a cart will allow all of the students at League Elementary to benefit from their use. In fact, multiple classes of students over multiple years will be able to benefit from this grant purchase. A cart of Chromebooks with the licenses and service agreement is $7,148.79. The plan is to supplement the grant by funding what is not covered with the tech budget and money from the Principal’s Fund.
South Central Local Schools
The funds allocated by this grant will be used to purchase equipment, programs and materials for the science and health classes in the South Central School District. The funds will be divided among various programs at all grade levels that enhance science and health education at South Central. We are requesting a grant in the amount of $3,000.00 to fund this project.
The immediate objective of this project is to improve the scores of students on the science portion of the Ohio Achievement test and make for an effective transition to the Ohio Graduation Test for the upcoming years. A second objective is to allow students to have more fun, be more engaged, and enjoy themselves more, as they learn science. The long-term goals of this project is to give students a more thorough, long-term, knowledge and appreciation for science as well as to get students to consider pursuing careers in the fields of science and health.
The aforementioned project was begun through the Fisher-Titus Health Education Grant Program quite a few years ago. If this grant comes through, the next stage of this project will start immediately when funds become available to purchase the equipment. If this grant is available each year, we will keep expanding and adding to our program with science equipment as technology progresses.
Butterfly and Ant Kits, Design and Engineer Building Kit, Real Bugs
Discovery Kit, Ocean Floor & Four Seasons Puzzles, Magnetic Tiles, Snow
Powder, Magnetic Polydron Set
Visit from COSI on Wheels Program
54 pc. Hexagram Metric Weight Set & Electronic Balance
Stream Erosion & Deposition Model Kit
Microscope Smartphone Adapter
High School Chemistry, Physics, Physical Science
10 Madgeburg Hemispheres
High School Health
Antense Biofeedback Stress Headset, Human Anatomy Model,
Periodic Table of Sugar & Caffeine, How Much Salt Display,
Just the Facts Human Body DVD Set, Age Vision Glasses, Help I’m
7 Weeds of the Northwest Field Guides
Wellington School District
The money obtained from the Fisher-Titus Health Education Grant will be used for the continued development of a fitness facility at Wellington High School. The fitness center is being used for athletics, physical education, and faculty and staff wellness.
Currently, about $25,000 has been invested into their new fitness center through various grants and donations Having a fitness facility at the high school has allowed their physical education teacher to add new courses for the student body. A strength and conditioning class is now available for students promoting healthy lifestyles and education for weightlifting and exercising. The physical education teacher has also been able to incorporate both weight training and cardiovascular fitness into regular classes as well. The high school’s varsity athletic teams utilize weight training as a part of their practices now that the weight room is readily available. Additionally, faculty members use the facility to increase their own health and wellness.
This has the potential to help many people within the Wellington Exempted Village School District, since both students and staff can use the equipment. It will also ensure that more possibilities are available for users to give them a wider list of options to utilize when exercising.
The Health Education Grant would be used to purchase:
10 Body Loop Bands
4 25 lb. Kettlebell
4 35 lb. Kettlebell
4 45 lb. Kettlebell
2 60 lb. Kettlebell
2 80 lb. Kettlebell
1 BSN Foam Plyo (Set of 3)
3 360 Belt Set
5 Lateral Resistor Pro
1 International Olympic Bar
Western Reserve Local School District
Western Reserve High School and Middle School are in a collaborative effort to improve the technology in the science department. In order to advance science curriculum, Western Reserve is asking for a TouchIT Technologies Interactive Flat Panel LED and a rolling, height-adjustable stand for portability. The stand will allow the Interactive Flat Panel to be more easily shared among the science department.
The Interactive Flat Panel has many features that make it a great addition to the classroom. Features like allowing the teacher to show content on the screen to the class from their computer, students connecting their devices to the LED for interactive and collaborative lessons or performing whole class virtual labs demonstrations make this a great tool for the interactive classroom.
The science department at Western Reserve currently utilizes a great deal of technology in instruction. This technology includes the use of smart boards, Mimio interactive equipment, a variety of online virtual labs, the use of student Chromebooks and numerous other applications to engage the students in learning. The addition of the Interactive Flat Panel will progress student engagement to an even higher level.
The Interactive Flat Panel will help meet the educational goals of the Western Reserve continuous improvement plan and the goals of state benchmarks and common core standards. Students will acquire knowledge to improve science scores, develop skills that will prepare them to make educated decisions about careers and allow them immediate access to research questions they may have related to instruction.
Willard City Schools
Willard High School would like to propose grant money from the Health Education Grant Program, to allow students in Tech courses to further their knowledge. The use of the funds received from this grant would allow for the purchase of a Roland Vinyl Cutter, an Epson ink jet printer, a Heat Press and a variety of vinyl and adhesives. With the help of the Health Education Grant, students would able to work together on projects in ways that they have not been exposed to before.
Willard City Schools currently have two technology teachers, one who teaches high school courses and one who teaches middle school courses. Although the main use at first would be from the approximate 120 high school students, the hope would be that in the following year it would also be pushed down into the middle school program and reach an additional 400 students over the course of the year.
After the initial year, the cost of the consumable materials will be covered by the district.
The outcome of this project is to promote collaboration and critical thinking skills by allowing students to work together on projects promoting and encouraging school/district pride. These materials can be used to create t-shirts, window clings, banners and posters. Ideas and opportunities are endless as students are allowed to brainstorm needs and uses. In addition to the increased use of hands-on technology, students will be improving problem solving skills and encouraging positive attitudes. Providing the use of a vinyl cutter, would be one more means for embedding excitement into the school day.