This year, the foundation endeavors to fund a full-time Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) teaching position and supporting STEAM Lab for Hunter Elementary ($75k per year). Any additional funds will support teacher development needs that are not funded by the state/county, such as national certification and AIG teaching specialization.
Historically, the Lucille Hunter foundation has enabled two teacher planning days per year for grade-level team collaboration. These would not have been possible without funding for substitute teachers. The foundation has also been able to honor teachers, such as a 2019 interim band teacher who didn’t miss a beat when the former teacher retired mid-year.
STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. In healthy industries and sectors, these inter-related disciplines cross-pollinate. It is therefore important to expose our children to the five subject areas in an integrated fashion. STEAM educators employ project-based learning to spark collaboration and understanding across these disciplines. STEAM education stimulates both sides of the brain and prevents siloed thinking that can develop when subjects are only taught independently. One source notes that STEAM “aims to bring out the artist within the engineer, the mathematician inside the musician, and the scientist within the designer.”
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The Lucille Hunter GT/AIG Magnet Elementary School Foundation was formed in the summer of 2017 as part of the lead up to the school’s 90th anniversary celebration.
The mission of the Foundation is simple – to raise money to support additional funding for teachers and teaching positions at Hunter Elementary.
As all of our public schools work to address enrollment pressures and funding gaps, nonprofit foundations like the Hunter Foundation have stepped in to provide additional funds to prevent the loss of teaching positions, especially in areas like the arts, enrichment, AIG and intervention. This is funding that the PTA is not allowed to provide, so our goal is to work as a complement to the amazing work our PTA has done (and will continue to do).