DOVER, NH, MAY 30, 2019 - The Seacoast Educational Endowment for Dover (“SEED”), a non-profit organization that promotes academic excellence by providing innovation grants to Dover educators, recently awarded Seacoast Charter School (“SCS”) two grants totaling just less than $1,700 for inventive programs and resources to be incorporated at the school.

The first grant was given to Kari Niland to purchase Makerspace manipulative products, STEM curriculum books, Lego blocks, and a coding robot for her first and second grade classrooms as well as two more first and second grade classrooms next year. These materials will be used to inspire students to think outside of the box, stimulate problem solving, and encourage collaboration which are core values at the charter school.

The second grant was given to music teacher, Mary Dellea, to create a school-wide ukulele music program. Ukuleles are easy and accessible way to learn an instrument, the tension of the strings is lower on the ukulele, and there are fewer strings to manage, making it easier for beginners to play. In the upper grades, the music program will provide students with continued classwork and community performance opportunities which are a hallmark of the SCS experience. 

Seacoast Charter School is a publicly funded elementary and middle school focused on educating through integration of the arts. The mission of the Seacoast Charter School is to provide excellence in core academics and the arts while cultivating the individual qualities and strengths of each child. Through a rich and varied arts program, students learn to look closely, listen carefully, respond thoughtfully, and work collaboratively. Opportunities for creative expression and independent thinking are an integral part of the school’s rigorous academic program. The combination of challenging intellectual and artistic endeavors develops students’ hearts and minds and enables them to live more fully in the world.

“We are extremely thankful for SEED’s support and encouragement of our innovative curriculum,” said Sheila Shea, SCS Development Director. “This funding is key in providing our students with 21st Century skills and prepares them for post-secondary education and career challenges.”

SEED awards grants twice annually, in April and October, but applications can be submitted at any time. For more information, to apply for a grant, or to get involved, please visit