ALLPS receives $4,150 in grants from the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation

The Math & counseling departments will use funds for student’s projects and classroom teaching.

ALLPS School of Innovation received two separate grants awarded by the Fayetteville Public Education Foundation, totaling $4,150. One grant was awarded to Carlos Chicas, school counselor, and will be used to purchase camera equipment for a broadcasting program called ALLPS TV.

The funds provided from the grant will allow ALLPS students to gain real skills through working with professional camera and studio equipment. Chicas applied for the grant in hopes of sharing his passion for television broadcasting with the students. “It’s hard to expose kids to broadcasting, so this will be huge. I think some students really have a drive for this type of work; however we do not have studio resources here at ALLPS. Having our own professional video camera will allow us to expose ALLPS students to this type of work while continuing to be in our alternative learning environment.”

DeAnna Medlock, the Assistant Principal at ALLPS, expressed extreme gratitude for FPEF, and stated that “ALLPS does not have extensive funding sources, so we rely heavily on FPEF for resources to provide our students with materials, technology, community exposure, and many other important opportunities that require funding.”

In the past, grants provided by FPEF have allowed ALLPS to offer unique experiences for the kids that would otherwise be impossible. Mr. Archer,

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who teaches a bike shop class at ALLPS, received more than $5000 in funding last school year from the Foundation. He commented that the grant has funded the tools and parts inventory to operate the bike class since Sept 2016.

The second grant was awarded to Dr. Julie Wisch, and will be used to fund a math-based restaurant competition. Her project is called “Restaurant Wars,” the project requires students to first plan out the financial aspect of their restaurant with balance sheets, and then the students have a cook off in which the student body votes on the best dish.

The funds allowed ALLPS to purchase ingredients for when the students conducted the final cooking aspect of the competition. Following the first trial of the competition in the fall, a few students enrolled in Quantitative Literacy as one of the required math courses. Dr. Wisch stated that the program inspired a few students to seek out extra math classes. “If this option gets students excited enough about math that they are willing to take it when

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they don’t even have to, that is a great asset for our students and our school,” she said.
The equipment and food provided by these grants will be used as early as this current semester.

By: Ryan Smith & Carlos Chicas
Photos: ALLPS
Ryan Smith & Carlos Chicas

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