SEED Grants More Awards

SEED Surprises Teachers During Appreciation Week with Funding for Curriculum, Tools and Professional Development

Left Photo: SEED reps Matt Keane and Anna Frankenfield, SEED sponsor Scott Dubben from Seacoast United Baseball, Horne Street Teachers Kristen Cimino and Roseanna Drysdale, Drums Alive Project Proposers and SEED reps Sue Vitko, and Natalie Koellmer

Right Photo: SEED rep Donna McAdam, DHS teachers Amy Poirier, Kate Freear-Motor, and Tayler Lahaise, and SEED rep Natalie Koellmer

SEED is pleased to announce it has awarded four more education grants to faculty at Dover High School (“DHS”) and Horne Street Elementary School.

SEED will grant Dover High School art teacher Kate Freear-Motor $1,500 to purchase equipment for virtual field trips. Using special goggles and software, students will be led on a visual three-dimensional experience using a virtual reality platform. These educational field trips allow for unique experiences without leaving the classroom.

Meanwhile, SEED will send Dover High School Science teacher Amy Poirier to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) National Association of Biology Teachers meeting in November. The NGSS standard and curriculum was informally adopted by Dover High School two years ago in the effort to include internationally benchmarked education standards that are rich in content and coherently understood by students of all grades.

The DHS Certamen team, led by Jennifer Connelly and Tayler Lahaise, has been awarded approximately $450 to purchase equipment to help the team advance its success in the language and skill-set of quiz-bowl format. Questions asked at the Certamen quiz bowl include Latin grammar, Roman History, and mythology.

Finally, educators Roseanna Drysdale and Kristen Cimino at Horne Street Elementary school will receive $1,200 to help fund the “Drums Alive” program—a rhythmic learning experience that will impact all 520 students at the school.  The grant will be used to provide physioballs, drumsticks, teacher guides, and music resources for the interactive program. The activity integrates physical education and music curriculum through cooperative drumming on physioballs. “Drums Alive” classes combine aerobic benefits as well as musical ones—letting students pound large medicine balls with drumsticks at their own pace.

Funding for SEED’s innovative and 21st Century goals are made possible by the philanthropic fundraising from businesses, individual community members, and its annual fundraiser, “All In For Education,” which will be held in a few weeks on Friday, May 19, 2017 at the Redhook Brewery. Tickets are on sale now!