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The goal of this project will be to increase art, historical, and real world exposure to at risk students through educational off campus experiences. Students will be able to apply their classroom skills to off campus experiences.

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What Lives Outside These Walls

School:
Pinellas Park Middle School 
Subject:
Other 
Teacher:
Colleen Quinn 
 
Garius Goshay, Dr. Keturah Mills, and Morgan Jacques 
Students Impacted:
300 
Grade:
6-8 
Date:
July 12, 2014

Investor

Thank you to the following investor for funding this grant.

 

The Pinellas Education Foundation - $700.00

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Goal

The goal of this project will be to increase art, historical, and real world exposure to at risk students through educational off campus experiences. Students will be able to apply their classroom skills to off campus experiences.  

 

What will be done with my students

Many local museums and other establishments open their doors to public institutions for free. This is a huge advantage for students. By utilizing this service, students are able to take the skills they have learned in the classroom and apply the knowledge to a non-school based setting. The problem that many educators face when trying to take advantage of this opportunity is transportation. If awarded this grant, we plan on taking our students to 6 different places. We plan on traveling to the Dali Museum, Florida Holocaust Museum, Heritage Village, The Florida Botanical Gardens, Manatee Viewing Center, and a Florida National Park.  

 

Benefits to my students

There are numerous benefits associated with taking the classroom to an off campus site. Students will be able to bridge the concepts they are learning within the traditional classroom setting to a more hands on experience. Students will see the skills and concepts found in a daily lesson put to life. Students will see the various employment and volunteer positions associated with that content area.
The Florida Botanical Gardens inspires and educates visitors by showcasing flora, fauna and natural resources in motivational surroundings that promote environmentally friendly techniques.
The Dali museum will allow students to explore a wide range of topics, engage the mind, and reflect on the human experience. Students are introduced to some art-historical terms and identify examples of Impressionism, Cubism, Surrealism, and Classicism in Daliís art. Then, focusing on Surrealism, students learn about Surrealist techniques by experimenting with games like Exquisite Corpse, automatic writing or automatic drawing
The Florida Holocaust Museum creates stimulating educational programs that engage learners through using highly developed materials on the Holocaust, Human Rights and Genocide studies. Students will learn to recognize the worth of human life as to prevent future genocides. The Holocaust must be brought into classrooms so students can learn to analyze the hatred and bigotry that can lead to genocide. The materials provided from the museum will help students to see some of the possible effects of decisions they are making or that their peers are making.
Heritage Village will benefit the students by providing hands-on learning stations that draw on the historic themes of agriculture, coastal living, community life and tourism. These active outdoor stations are accented by the natural environment and historic houses to welcome exploration & curiosity.
Inside the Manatee Viewing Centerís environmental education building, colorful displays immerse students in the world of the manatee and its habitat. Others show how Big Bend Power Station generates electricity for the community in an environmentally responsible way. Students will see some of the power station's beneficially reusable byproducts. Inspect actual manatee bones and piece together puzzles. Students will find out more about hurricanes and how Tampa Electric prepares for and responds to major storms. Also, youth will be able to feel the blast of a hurricane in the center's simulator.
The Florida National Park will give students a chance to connect with nature and celebrate the successes of the off campus classroom experiences. Students will discuss their most memorable experiences and the benefits of learning through real life exposure in comparison to the more traditional option.


 

 

Describe the Students

The students I will target for this project are those with poor academic performance, chronic skippers with poor class attendance, are alienated and disengaged from school. I will focus on the students that need a reason to come to school and do not learn in the traditional way. The targeted students need to be involved in something that will bring forth positive life changing experiences. The students need to understand the importance of education and ways you apply what you have through academics to real world issues. Many of the students will look forward to being a part of something that traditionally they would not have been asked to join.
This project is centered around our dropout prevention program; however, there will be other students invited to attend. There is ESE, ESOL, and high needs kids associated with this proposal. The majority of my students do qualify for free/reduced lunch, as well as many are below the FCAT standard of level 3 in Math and Reading. I do have about 20%-30% of my students that are meeting their academic achievement points. 

 

Budget Narrative

$500-Transportation will be provided by both Pinellas County and private companies. The experiences that fall within a specific timeframe, I will utilize the PCT because the cost is much less.
$100-Food will be used for the final trip to have a picnic style lunch. This will be used as a celebration from the off campus exposure.
$100-Supplemental materials are yet to be determined. This allocation will be used towards books and other material to support the trips.
 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 Transportation $500.00
2 Food $100.00
3 Supplemental Materials $100.00
  Total: $700.00

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