Non-Profit Exceeds $100,000 in Funding For Learning Curriculum in Dover

Pictured left to right: Amy Porier, Peter Driscoll, Arthur LeClair, with SEED board members Pat Duffy and Kelly Glennon

Pictured left to right: Amy Porier, Peter Driscoll, Arthur LeClair, with SEED board members Pat Duffy and Kelly Glennon

May 15, 2018 - SEED recently granted $16,350 to teachers and administrators in Dover public schools. This grant period marks a major milestone for SEED. Since inception, the organization has donated more than $100,000 toward implementing innovative learning projects and curriculum in Dover.

At Dover High School (DHS) three grants were awarded. The largest, $4,000, was given to the Science Department for geospatial learning curriculum. Presented by Amy Poirier and Arthur LeClair, the project will partner with the City of Dover and other local groups such as UNH and the Piscataqua River Estuary Partnership to have students collect and analyze geospatial data concerning nitrogen loading issues in Great Bay.


With $750, Susan Heeter, World Language teacher at DHS, will develop an interactive bulletin board to foster global learning through the 2018 World Cup. Also at the high school and through a partnership with Wentworth-Douglass Hospital, School Nurse Tara Ouimette was awarded $870 to purchase resource materials to promote health and wellness items for student use while visiting the nurse’s office.


At the grade school level, Garrison Elementary School Principal Beth Dunton was given $3,000 to send teachers through Responsive Classroom training.  This evidence-based approach to teaching focuses on the strong relationship between academic success and social-emotional learning through the deliberate interaction of engaging academics, a positive community, effective management, and developmental awareness.


Meanwhile, at Woodman Park School, Michelle Simpson was given $4,500 to purchase Imagination Playground blocks, an innovative playground system that encourages movement, social development, and enhanced learning while at play. “The blocks encourage students to continue their learning outside of the classroom- budding mathematicians, engineers, inventors, architects, and community leaders are able to exercise their skills without boundaries,” Simpson said.


Woodman Park pre-school teacher, Calla LaChance, was awarded $2,500 to purchase augmentative and alternative communication tools to aide children who are unable to communicate verbally or have limited verbal output.


The last grant recipient was Seacoast Charter School teacher Kari Niland, who was funded $1,600 to purchase ‘Engineering is Elementary’ social studies focused curriculum kits to use throughout the first and second grades.

 “This round of funding puts us over $100,000 granted to date,” said Pat Duffy, SEED Treasurer. “And none of this is possible without business support and individual philanthropic giving.”  SEED’s annual fundraiser, “All In For Education” is set for Saturday, June 2, 2018 at the Cochecho Country Club. All proceeds raised from this event go right back to funding 21st learning opportunities for Dover public school students. Event sponsorships are now being accepted and tickets to the event, which will sell out, are on sale now. To learn more about SEED, please visit