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An educational grant for Google Expeditions Kits was recently approved by the Sparta Education Foundation (SEF) at their November board meeting. The kits will be used by Helen Morgan School’s fourth and fifth grade students.

“These Google Expeditions Kits allow students to go on virtual field trips using a View Master-type device to tour places ranging from streets in Rome to deep underwater excursions,” said Donna West, SEF President. “The kits encourage deeper level thinking and thoughtful analysis while increasing collaboration and exposing students to an exciting new way to learn about the world.”

The grant for $11,064 was requested by Helen Morgan School teachers Heather Raquet and Terry McMahon. The grant includes 30 Google Expeditions virtual reality kits to be used by all Helen Morgan School students. A storage cart, networking hardware and technical assistance is also included. This new grant complements a grant for Google Expeditions Kits funded by the SEF for Sparta Middle School in 2016, enabling students to have a seamless experience when they leave Helen Morgan and move onto the sixth grade.

Since 2006, the Sparta Education Foundation has funded over $1,024,000 in grants to all five of Sparta’s public schools. The Foundation is an all-volunteer, independent 501 (c) (3) NJ Non-Profit Corporation whose mission is to engage the entire community in philanthropic giving. Visit for more information about joining or volunteering.