FBHS’s dedicated teachers submit grant requests to the Foundation each year for a variety of materials the school could not otherwise afford, including art supplies, books, calculators, technology, science lab kits, and so much more. Here are just a few highlights from the numerous projects we have funded:
Creating Success in the Arts
An exciting Foundation Program Grant success is the funding of art supplies which afford our art students opportunities to further their studies in extra-ordinary ways, from the imaginative and beautiful creations painted on canvas shoes to video resources which introduce them to new techniques and styles. Additionally, Foundation grants paid entry fees for competitions in which our students earned many local — and even national — accolades.
A peer-to-peer suicide prevention program, Hope Squad’s importance and impact on the FBHS campus cannot be overstated. We are proud to support this program which reduces youth suicide through education, training, and peer intervention. Hope Squad members are nominated by their classmates as trustworthy peers and trained by advisors.
Supporting the Whole Student
In addition to funding academic programs, the Foundation is pleased to support programs that produce strong bodies as well as strong minds. For over four years, we have been funding the CoachMe Plus app, an athlete management software used by many of the students and athletes at Fernandina Beach High School. The app allows the coach to set weightlifting goals to ensure safety, but also to maximize the students’ potential based on their progression. The foundation has also funded multiple tablets located throughout the weightlifting room for easy access to the app during workouts, which are used by all students participating in any of the Weight Training classes (1, 2 and 3) and can be downloaded on their personal mobile devices.
Launching Careers in Aerospace
In 2018, FBHS received an amazing gift: a Diamond “Katana” two-seat training airplane. FBHS and instructor Keoki Gray have integrated this incredible asset into the school’s already robust Aerospace program. The Foundation has funded introductory flights for students enrolled in the program and sponsored one student for fifteen hours of flight time, taking them from their second flight through to their first ever solo flight! The Foundation has also supported the program by purchasing altimeters so that the students can track the paths of the rockets they build.
Supporting At-Risk Students
FBHS is committed to increasing the learning gains of students who are below grade-level in Math and English. The Foundation provides funding each year of approximately $5,000 to hold interventions such as “Super Saturdays,” sessions led by teachers to provide targeted instruction to students most at-risk of failing these critical courses or not graduating because they did not pass state-mandated tests.
Engaging Students with Civics
The Foundation purchased four sets of a game called “Election Night” for the History Department to help students understand how elections and the Electoral College work, how campaign strategies are developed, and the importance of political thinking. In addition to helping to educate future voters, these activities will also help prepare students for Advanced Placement exams in US History and Government.