The grant program is designed for and available to teachers and administrators in the Somers elementary, middle and high schools. Each grant application is coordinated by the school administration and is forwarded to the Foundation. A Grant Review Committee thoroughly examines each application and makes recommendations to the Board of Directors for a final decision.
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• Great Leaps Reading and Math Fluency (SES)
This comprehensive intervention program, for reading, language, and mathematics in grades K-5, is targeted for students with moderate to significant reading, language, and mathematics difficulties. It is designed and has proven to generate significant and lasting gains, using short but frequent sessions with immediate, corrective feedback. The materials may be shared throughout grades 1-5.
• Free Library Composite Book Houses (SES)
The project makes libraries accessible on the school’s playgrounds in “book houses” made of weather resistant material. The book houses will provide an activity for students who may not be able to participate at recess, whether due to injury, upset, or the need for a break from intense activity. These students will be able to still enjoy recess when it is outdoors while gaining additional reading practice.
• Mock Trial and Escape Room Supplies (SHS)
This innovative project looks to increase participation and understanding by actively engaging students in mock trials and other participatory exercises that will challenge their critical thinking skills.
• Laser Engraving and Manufacturing (MBA)
This request is for an OM Tech 40W Laser Engraver for the MBA Technology Education program. This will provide students with an opportunity to manufacture precise and specialized components for class and individual projects. It will also offer students experience with CAD (Computer Assisted Design) which is widely used in many occupations.
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• Butterfly Enclosure and MBA Courtyard Improvements (MBA)
This, and the next two grants, focus on the learning environment, rather than specific classroom needs. SEF has always supported the idea that student attitudes toward learning are greatly affected by the total school environment. In this case the courtyard is being transformed into both a learning area, through the addition of a butterfly enclosure for Monarch Butterflies, and a restful and calming space for students. The butterfly enclosure will support learning in several disciplines and be maintained by members of the Environmental Club.
• Safe Spaces: Inclusivity in the SHS Cafeteria (SHS)
The is grant aims to transform the SHS Cafeteria from a place where some students are uncomfortable and unwelcome to a place where everyone has “place at the table.” At present all seating is at large tables, which leaves those with no friends in their lunch wave, those who have only a few friends, or those made anxious by the noise and bustle, with no comfortable or welcoming place. As a result, lunch becomes a time of anxiety and separation, and these students usually skip lunch entirely or eat covertly in other places in the school. To alleviate this problem, this grant provides a few smaller tables for individuals or pairs. It also increases the outside seating, away from the high energy of the cafeteria, for months where that is a viable option. The grant writers have carefully investigated the problem and found that students are receptive to the additions provided by the grant.
• Stackable Rocking Seats (SES)
These are stackable rocking seats that provide (independent) flexible seating around the classroom. First grade students will use them as individual reading spots or work spaces while still remaining socially distant. They will provide an alternative to sitting in the confines of a desk and chair throughout the day.