Sycamore Education Foundation

Archive: 2023

Courtyard Improvements – West School

West Elementary School was awarded $4,800 to improve the courtyard so that students and staff can utilize the space for brain breaks, fresh air stimulation, and movement. The courtyard will include both play-based activities for younger students and sitting areas.

Spartan TV Jr. Podcast Equipment

Spartan TV Jr. was awarded $1704.95 to purchase a mobile podcasting kit for internet radio. This equipment will allow students to explore exciting and creative ways to communicate with an audience that may inspire them in their future career paths.

South Prairie STEAM Lab

South Prairie Elementary School was awarded $6,929.29 to create a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics) Lab. This space can be used by classes or items can be checked out and used by teachers in their classrooms. STEAM spaces provide mew ad different learning options for students and exposes them more

3D Printer

Mrs. Kerlin at North Grove was awarded $577.89 in grant funds to purchase a 3D printer. The printer will be used by both 4th and 5th grade students who will design on a three-dimensional plane using the program TinkerCad. The students will use problem solving to determine stability and strength, more

OSCAR Social Emotional Books

The Out of School Care (OSCAR) program received a $658.02 grant to purchase social-emotional books for read-alouds during OSCAR and OSCAR Jr. These books will empower students and demonstrate appropriate ways to have conversations about diversity as well as reinforce empathy, respect, and equality--three of the District's core values. Congratulations more

Podcasting Booth

The 4th Grade Team and Tech Department at North Grove Elementary School was granted $474.04 to create a podcasting booth in the technology lab. The booth will be used by students to record podcasts that will help community building, social emotional learning, and amplify students' voices. The booth will be more

ABLE Coffee Cart

Congratulations to the Sycamore Middle School ABLE Program for receiving $755.85 to purchase a coffee cart so students can prepare and sell beverages to staff at SMS. Danielle Klinger, ABLE teacher, explained that the cart will aid in teaching students about money, budgeting, grocery shopping, further integrate students within their more

Sycamore Softball Team Field

The Sycamore High School Softball Team received a $10,000 grant to aid in the construction of dugouts for their new field. Jill Carpenter, head coach, said in her grant proposal: "There is a lot of failure and growth that comes with playing sports and being involved on a team. The more

Dramatic Play Center

Mrs. Copeland with the Little Spartans Early Learning program was awarded $1,434.47 to purchase a dramatic play center for her classroom. She said in her grant proposal, " will continue to foster a love of learning from a young age, creative play that encourages individuality, drama, connection between home and more

Welding Uniforms

The Sycamore High School welding program received a $4,400 grant to purchase welding uniforms. Mr. Thurwanger, welding instructor, hopes that having upgraded uniforms will help foster a passion for the growing sector of welding in the trades industry. Congratulations to Mr. Thurwanger and the welding programs at SHS! SEF Grants are more