“Without the monies from the Falls City Education Foundation we wouldn’t have been able to purchase any of the science materials,” said Falls City ISD elementary science teacher Barbara Braune. “The STAAR Science test has become much more rigorous and having a real science lab will enable us to continue to have success in testing. We are also excited because it will help with vertical alignment of science curriculum in grades kinder through sixth. The future of our elementary science program looks bright.”
Braune has been a teacher for total of 23 years and has spent the past 13 of those years teaching at Falls City ISD. Braune states that among her greatest joys in her teaching profession is working with both parents and students, and seeing students develop a love and appreciation for science.“Seeing kids that never liked science become some of my best students warms my heart like nothing else,” said Braune. “Science is everyday life. I think kids need to relate everyday experiences to science to help them understand concepts better. Growing up in a rural community, our kids have first-hand knowledge of the concepts. However, being able to apply them in a lab setting will further increase their knowledge.”
So far, new and proper furniture and supply cabinets for the science lab have arrived, and the process of setting up the elementary science lab has begun. In addition, other science lab necessities, such as new microscopes, balances, thermometers, hot plates, etc. are starting to come in after being ordered.
“The kids are especially excited and can’t wait to use the eight microscopes before the year is out,” said Braune.
The Falls City Education Foundation is a Non-Profit 501c(3) organization that was started in 2012. Donation and grant awards from the Foundation is meant to help teachers across the district purchase various materials and technology that will enhance the overall learning experience of all students throughout the district.
In the past year alone, the Foundation has raised a significant amount of funds that specifically benefits the teachers and students above and beyond what the district receives from regular state funding.