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Sparta SEF Awards Over $44k in Academic Grants

Posted Thu, Mar 21st, 2013 Sparta Independent

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SPARTA — The Sparta Education Foundation (SEF) recently awarded five academic grants totaling over $44,000 to local public schools. The process involved teachers writing grant proposals and a review by the SEF to see how the proposals fit into the curriculum.“Once again we are thrilled to be able to uphold the SEC’s mission of enriching the educational experience of students in the school district,” said Don Cutshall, President of the Sparta Education Foundation. “Money from our fundraisers like last month’s Casino Night and November’s Turkey Trot goes right back to the schools in the form of grant money for resources, equipment or programming. We are proud to collaborate with our teachers while inspiring our students.”The five recently-awarded SEF grants include:Physical education equipment at Sparta Middle School. The new equipment will provide students with functional fitness training, sport specific training, basic martial arts, cardiovascular fitness programs, circuit training, core synergy, speed and agility training, polymeric fitness and Yoga, according to Anthony Papa, physical education teacher at the middle school.Interactive Technology for the Alpine School. Seven classrooms will be upgraded with BriteLink Interactive Projectors and Erase Marker boards. This enhancement will allow the district to expand its use of instructional technology to best meet the demands of the new curriculum, notes Alpine School principal Giuseppe Leone.Enhance Sparta Middle School’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum. Christine Collister, Sparta Middle School STEM teacher, says the grant money will be used to purchase supplies to support the expansion of STEM to the full middle school curriculum, which is now extended to grade 8.Robotics at Sparta High School for Year Three. Mark Meola, Sparta High School Technology and STEM teacher, requested the grant for hardware and software required to run the VEX robotics platform as well as materials, replacement sensors, upgrades to micro processors and controls, tools used to modify and fabricate parts, competition registration and transportation and teacher training.Advanced Sculpture Class for additions to the High School Sculpture Garden. Jennifer Kucher Csatlos, Fine Arts Teacher at Sparta High School, says the grant will provide students with the continued opportunity to partner with established artist Ricky Boscarino, adding a permanent bench, fountain and planters to the existing sculpture garden. The grant will also help fund the addition of full year 3-D Art I and Advanced Sculpture classes, as well as Advanced Placement Studio Art.The SEF has awarded more than $360,000 in grants to all five of Sparta’s public schools since 2007. The Foundation is an independent non-profit organization committed to enhancing the educational experience for students in Sparta’s public schools. Their mission is to engage the entire community in philanthropic giving that strengthens the public schools, supports teachers, and inspires students. For more information visit spartaeducationfoundation.org



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