Osseo-Fairchild Elementary wins Schools Rule! contest

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FAIRCHILD, Wis. (WEAU) Visual learning is defined online as a teaching style in which concepts, data, and other information are associated with colors, pictures, and images.

This school year, Fairchild Elementary teacher Mrs. Jennifer Brixen has a lot of those students.

"This is probably one of the biggest classes I've ever had with such a visual learning population," explains Brixen.

That's why Mrs. Brixen was drawn to a book program she learned about at a conference.

"It's called "Picture Perfect Science" and so being that it's picture perfect it uses children's picture books to help teach science concepts."

The books work with the textbooks students already use as supplemental materials, flushing out areas of science difficult to understand.

But paying for it was a problem.

"Every day we're with teachers coming to us saying 'I went to this workshop' or 'we need this to help with our students to meet their needs' and with school funding being cut each year, it makes it more and more difficult to prioritize our needs," explains Osseo-Fairchild Elementary School Principal Lori Whelan.

That's where WEAU 13 News and Gordy's Market come in.

Each month we partner to award one school in western Wisconsin $3,000 in Box Tops for Education, courtesy of General Mills.

This month, the winning school is Osseo- Fairchild Elementary.

"We were thrilled. Initially Jenny (Brixen) had applied for one grant, and I'd applied for other grants, and she applied for the $3,000 and I didn't even think that was a possibility so we were thrilled when we learned we got this grant, it was great," explains Osseo Elementary School teacher Tammy Danenberg.

The money will buy two complete sets of Picture Perfect Science books, along with materials for activities.

The hope is it will help grow student's knowledge of a subject so important in our world.

"It's a life skill they're going to need all their lives," adds Danenberg.

To nominate your school in our monthly Schools Rule! contest, visit the link attached to this story.

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