The following teachers and school programs received special funding grants during the 2015-2016 school year.

To apply for a special funding grant, go to the grants page and download a special funding form and rating scale.

Kateri O’Connor, Fairhope Elementary School

$417, Discovering Through Reading Nonfiction books matched to social studies and science standards to promote a deeper exploration and higher interest in lessons.

Lynda Williams and Shawn Johnson, Fairhope High and Fairhope Middle Schools

$300 A project in graffiti and contemporary art to create panels used as decoration at FEEF’s Phantasy of the Arts.

Fairhope Middle School Math Department

$3,370 A school set of scientific calculators for every eighth grade student to improve classroom math skills and scores on standardized tests.

Katie Denton, Fairhope High School

  • $500 Second City Improv All Stars workshop to improve improvisational skills for high school theater students.
  • $1,080 to support Fairhope High School theatre students in attending the Trumbauer state drama competition.

Cody Coleman, Fairhope High School

$1,500 A grant to the engineering III class to purchase materials to build the moon rover for the NASA competition in Huntsville, AL.

Diane Ham, Fairhope High School

$550 Fees to support the FHS choral department in expanding its reach to state choral competition.

FES, FIS, JLN Art Departments

$4,000 Over one week in January 2016, Emmy award winning artist and PBS star Mark Kistler taught more than 2,500 Fairhope students and parents how to draw.

Heather Hapworth, J. Larry Newton School 

$1,800 “Newton Reader’s Choice,” a mock Newbery and Caldecott program involving elementary age readers in discussion, analysis, and evaluation of high-quality literature.

Michele Jordan, Fairhope Middle School

$500 Sixth Annual “Math Mania Scavenger Hunt” teaching students to apply math to real-world situations.

Dianne Bernasconi, Fairhope High School

$360 For the purchase of an industrial sewing machine to be used by fashion design students.