PISGAH, Ala. (WHNT) — With new science standards around the corner Pisgah School is fundraising to send its teachers to a conference, aimed at providing a better learning experience for students.
Friday afternoon students lined up in between classes, clutching money in their hands. The money goes into a bag, the student gets a softball, and an aim and a throw later, Assistant Principal Bill Shelton – sometimes – landed in a dunk tank full of water.
It’s a fun break in between classes for the students. For Shelton and other school administrators, it’s one step closer to their goal. “Next year the state is getting new science standards and they’re expecting some big changes, and I’m trying to get all of my science teachers to a science conference in March,” Shelton says.
Shelton says that conference will help the teachers prepare for the new standards, but it will have a big price tag.”Money is a big issue,” Shelton says, “Getting to that conference with ten teachers is going to cost quite a bit of money.”
Hence the fundraising efforts. Other events are in the works, both at the school and online. Shelton says in helping the teachers to fully understand what is expected of them it will ultimately guide the students to a deeper understanding of the subject. “In providing this opportunity for them, I think that next year when the standards are put into place and they are expected to just start teaching it right away, they’re going to have that knowledge already,” he says.
It may be just one throw for a few dollars, or an event, or a click of a mouse, but it all adds up to the ends result. “Better prepared teachers are going to make better educated students,” Shelton says.