November 9 - SEED has donated more than $13,000 to Dover schools. These grants will allow students the opportunity to learn new and innovative skills needed in the 21st century.
The largest award given this round was a $6,028 SEED grant to Horne Street School to purchase 12 Bak Atlas 2:1 convertible tablets and a portable cart. Built in the USA, the Bak tablets have a rugged design and shockproof exterior to protect against drops and spills. The equipment will be used across all grade levels to support classroom instruction and online testing. The tablets will also be used to develop digital literacy, research and presentation skills through grade-appropriate projects.
At Dover High School (DHS), teacher Hettie Haudenschield was awarded $2,700 to purchase cutting-edge digital technology that will allow the graphic novel and drawing students to transform their work into digital masterpieces. Other SEED Grants at DHS include $370 for the Career Bus program which will help students with disabilities participate in on- and off-campus community learning opportunities that build vocational aptitudes and develop soft skills while reinforcing classroom lessons; $625 to Ben Schwartz to create a small recording studio where DHS Alternative School students will be taught how to collaborate, and create and produce assorted podcasts; and $400 for level three curriculum and supplies for The What Color Am I initiative.
Also at the high school, math teacher Stephanie Dematteo and science teacher Amy Poirier joined content areas to bring alternative classroom lessons to both math and biology students with a $750 SEED grant to buy BreakOut EDU kits. A breakout box is a relatively new instructional tool that turns traditional lessons into games that are student-centered, fun, and incorporate 21st Century skills. Additional benefit, the tool can be used in all content areas.
Over at the Dover Middle School, SEED awarded two learning proposals. The first to Melissa Stein, valued at $1,326, to create Science Friday where students conduct research with a visiting University of New Hampshire scientist. This initiative will encourage STEM careers by allowing students to apply skills learned during classroom instruction. The second learning proposal, a $500 value, was awarded to DMS Literacy Coordinator Brittany Granfield to purchase user-friendly video cameras for 6th grade public speaking classes, allowing students to film themselves and self-reflect.
“We received more than $60,000 in grant requests, from professional development, to equipment, to curriculum,” said Sue Vitko, SEED Grant Committee Chair. “The teachers and administration have demonstrated the value and underlying need, we just have to find a way to fund it all.” Funding for innovative learning curriculum, tools and training is made possible by philanthropic individuals and businesses along with intensive fundraising. To learn more about SEED, please visit http://www.DoverSEED.org