In the spring of 2017, Briargate fifth grade teacher, Janice Butkus, and art teacher Laura Gieger assembled a project with the fifth grade classes using bottle caps to produce a tiger image serving as a legacy project for the school. The project was in cooperation with the Green Team who advocates recycling by showing an example of how to re-purpose materials. The Cary 26 Education Foundation was proud to provide funding for the extra material costs of this project.
In the fall of 2016, Briargate’s 4th grade classrooms received balance balls and hokki stools as alternative seating options for the kids. Research supports that this type of alternative seating especially helps students with attention and focus issues. The balance balls and hokki stools allow students the ability to move, increase attention and improve behavior. Being in motion allows students brains to stay more focused. This ultimately leads to better learning in the classroom.
Did you know that Deer Path Elementary is the only school in the district that does not have a music room? The music teacher has to go room to room with a cart. In the spring of 2016, the Cary 26 Education Foundation provided xylophones to aid in teaching valuable musical concepts including rhythm, note names, and melody.
The Cary 26 Education Foundation supports programs that expand the educational experience of students in Cary elementary and junior high schools. This includes enrichment opportunities like educational trips and competitions, and programs that are proposed by educators via our grant program.