SEED Spring Grant Winners

SEED Spring Grant Winners

The Seacoast Educational Endowment for Dover (SEED), a non-profit organization founded to foster teacher creativity and fund new learning initiatives within Dover district schools, is pleased to announce it has awarded four education grants totaling just less than $3,000. The winners, all of which happened to be located at the Dover Middle School, were selected from the spring open application period that closed on May 1, 2014.

Dover Middle School technology education teacher John Clark was awarded a $1,168 SEED grant that will allow for the purchase of a 3D printer for use in the DMS Tech Ed computer lab.  This cutting edge technology incorporates the principles of STEM as well as computer programming and allows students to experience the process of additive manufacturing firsthand. The 3D printer will fill an important role in the design process, allowing students to go from virtual model to physical product right in the classroom.

Dover Middle School guidance counselor Fran Meffen was awarded a $1,000 SEED grant to help support the FIRST Lego League, the FIRST Tech Challenge and Simple Machines run by the Dover Middle School STEAM Academy. The STEAM Academy is a self-sustaining extended learning program that brings Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Humanities and Mathematics to life through programs such as the FIRST Lego Teams, FIRST Tech Challenge teams and the Simple Machines program.

Dover Middle School arts educator Jo-Ann Gardella was awarded $500 grant toward the purchase of a $1,700 printing press.  DMS art students completed many fundraising initiatives to raise the balance of the purchase ($1,200.)  The first venture using the printing press will promote social awareness and community concern for America’s Wounded Soldier program where students will create an awareness campaign and then using the new printer,  sell prints and donate the proceeds back to this worthy program.

Dover Middle School teacher Anne-Marie Horvath was awarded a$306.41 SEED grant to purchase costumes that are reproductions of the clothes worn by pioneering women and children while traveling on the Oregon Trail.  The students will discuss each garment’s design, its practical applications, materials used and construction methods.  The grant money will also be used to purchase a scale model of a covered wagon and an award winning PBS DVD production of the Oregon Trail.

SEED raises private philanthropic dollars and provides grant funds, on a competitive basis, to educators who submit formal applications.  In the midst of its public campaign, SEED is seeking 100 donors at the $100 level to support its next funding period which will occur in the fall. The campaign concludes on June 30, 2014.  To learn more about SEED’s 100 for $100, please visit