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Fountaindale Elementary students write up, win grant

January 25, 2001

Fountaindale Elementary students write up, win grant



By TARA REILLY / Staff Writer
photo: RIC DUGAN / staff photographer


Fountaindale ElementarySeveral creative ideas turned out to be winners for five Fountaindale Elementary School students on a mission to promote school safety.

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The fourth- and fifth-grade students, Darian Brown, Eric Campbell, Andrew Lake, Jordan Waugh and Beth Zimmerman, wrote their own SAVE - Students Against Violence Everywhere - grant and were awarded $1,700 from the state.

"We wanted Fountaindale to be a safe place to go to school," said Andrew, a fourth-grader.

Andrew said the group met every Tuesday at the beginning of the year to come up with ways to keep the school safe.

Some of those ideas include holding workshops for fourth- and fifth-graders every two weeks for students who show good behavior.

Beth, another fourth-grader, said the group also decided to write anti-violence skits that would air during the school's morning announcements.

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Darian, a fifth-grade student, said students in the lower grades who exhibited good behavior would be able to participate in monthly events, such as pizza and ice cream parties.

The group also formed a student council and monitored its election.

"We didn't have any recounts," joked Kathy Kelsey, an administrative intern at Fountaindale.

The school will also participate in a safe school parade at the end of the year.

"They're really a great bunch of kids who came up with a great bunch of ideas," Kelsey said.

Kelsey organized the grant process by picking one student from each of the fourth- and fifth-grade classes at the school.

They found out at the beginning of December that they had been awarded the grant.

She said the other students have responded well to the school safety message, and she expects more participation when the workshops are put into place.

"They're doing a wonderful job," said Principal Elaine M. Semler. "I'm very proud of them. It took a lot of work, and they did write the grant themselves."

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