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SEF announces fall teacher grant opportunities
Members of the Sequim Education Foundation recently announced the fall 2011 “Grants for Teachers Program.”
The program encourages all Sequim School District teachers to apply for grants up to $750 each for funds to help support their classrooms.
Over the past 10 years, SEF’s grant program has helped teachers work with more than 24,000 students in Sequim classrooms.
This year, SEF has received funds specifically for science grants and technology grants separate from the general grant fund.
This year’s submission deadline is Friday, Oct. 14, with presentations set for Tuesday, Oct. 18, and award notifications on Friday, Oct. 21.
Applications and additional information can be found online at www.sequimed.org.
“This is a wonderful program with far-reaching benefits that often last beyond the year in which the funds are given,” said Kathy Schock, SEF grant chairman.
Past grant winners have received math manipulation tools, field trips, books, funds for before- and after-school programs, science kits, art supplies and educational games, among others.
The grants at work
Sheri Suryan, Helen Haller Elementary School math teacher, used her grant funds for “wrap ups” — plastic arithmetic toys based on the commutative property that help students learn more than one fact at a time by wrapping a string from a fact on one side to the matching product on the other side.
“The students got into some exciting competitions to see who could wrap their number the fastest, improving fluency,” Suryan said. “It is very important to me that my students be successful and having fun doing so is even better. I will use this set for years.”
Jake Reichner, Sequim High School ceramics instructor, said his SEF grant money was spent on a variety of quality glazes.
“They have made the ceramics experience more enjoyable and rewarding for my students,” Reichner said. “They have taken more pride in their work and have essentially made more pieces they feel illustrate their true capabilities.”
Diana Piersoll, a Sequim Middle School math teacher, used her funds to purchase a digital interactive board for her students.
“Classroom participation increased dramatically because of the interactive boards,” she said. “Students were excited to share how they had worked out the given tasks. The teacher board allowed me to have control, while the student board allowed the students to demonstrate solving the problems while the whole group was able to observe and contribute ideas. This is a grant that will continue to benefit the students of Sequim Middle School because it can be used in the years to come.”
Kristi Short, FFA advisor and Sequim High School agriculture instructor, purchased shovels, brooms, a weed eater, two tool boxes (with tools), a digital camera and many smaller tools with her $500 SEF grant.
“Wow! What a difference it made in the classroom,” Short said. “I immediately noticed more willingness from the students to help and participate in class. Just having tools and tools that aren’t broken made a huge difference in the kids’ attitudes. We can’t thank you enough for your generosity.”