Spring 2016 Grant Recipients

Spring 2016 Grant Recipients

SEED is pleased to announce it has awarded nearly $9,000 in education grants.  Schools benefiting from SEED grant money include Dover Middle School, Garrison Elementary School, and Woodman Park School.

At the Dover Middle School (DMS), four grant proposals were funded. The first was awarded to allow five educators to attend a professional development program offered by the Landmark School in Beverly, MA. “Cutting-Edge Strategies to Improve Executive Function Skills in the Upper Elementary and Middle School Aged Students” will train the educators and help them launch an executive function training pilot program at DMS.

The second program proposed by the Dover Middle School Guidance Department, Anxious Kids,Anxious Parents: Seven Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle, showcases the work of nationally renowned anxiety speaker, author and therapist, Lynn Lyons. This two hour research-based presentation will be open to all Dover School as well and the surrounding community.

The third DMS grant was awarded to Allison Friend-Gray to fund the purchase of Rube-Goldbags from Rube Goldberg, Inc. a not-for-profit company created to continue the legacy of the great American author, engineer and inventor. The purchase, which aligns with Next Generation Science Standards and underscores SEED’s commitment to STEAM education, will be used in her fifth grade class.

The last DMS grant was awarded to two teachers, Patricia Mulqueen and Katherine Schulten for their proposal to purchase licenses of Dragon Box 12+, a mathematics application that explores algebraic concepts and reasoning through play and practice.

Garrison Elementary School  (GES) educators were bestowed three grants this period. The first went to GES Music Teacher Emily Piller to purchase Kindle Fires for her classroom. The tools will provide her first grade through fourth grade classes with the opportunity to utilize technology and discover music in an innovative way.  Fellow GES teacher Sarah Croteau was also awarded SEED funds to purchase Kindle Fire devices to be used in her physical education classes and will allow students to connect with fitness trackers and analyze their activity. 

A SEED grant will make it possible for Nancy Colarusso’s STEM students to learn about ecosystems and inter-tidal animals with hands on learning at the Seacoast Science Center.

A Spring SEED scholarship will be funding the opportunity forWoodman Park teacher, Kelly Gennett, to attend a UNH graduate level course called Integrating Technology in the Classroom. After completing the course, Gennett will use her newly acquired skills to integrate Digital Storytelling into her classroom and into her summer enrichment camp, Camp BEYOND, held at WPS each summer. Additionally, SEED will provide scholarships for five under-privileged students to attend Camp BEYOND. Meanwhile,

Woodman Park School colleague, Jill Frederickson, was awarded continued SEED support for the third annual Ellis Island Experience, a district wide initiative.

Finally, SEED will provide funding for 15 Dover School District educators to attend  Jo Boaler’s Growth Mindset to Increase Student Engagement and Achievement in Mathematics, a professional development  course providing teachers new strategies to engage students in mathematics content.