Sycamore Education Foundation

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Social-Emotional Books

West Elementary School Mrs. Ihm received $1,272.99 to purchase social-emotional books for her classroom. This grant provides our students the opportunity to work through social and emotional topics through the use of fun books.

Graphing Calculators

Sycamore High School Mrs. Zucker and Mrs. Koehne received $1,040 in grant funding to purchase graphing calculators. Many students do not have access to a calculator to complete their work. By providing these tools for classroom use, SEF is helping to provide an equal opportunity for all students to achieve success.

Math Literature

All Elementary Schools Lisa Winters, Instructional Math Coach, received $584.33 in grant funding to purchase math literature. She supports all the elementary schools within Sycamore Community School District 427 so there are a large number of students who will benefit from these books.

Shared Reading Book Library

Southeast Elementary School Southeast Elementary School received $1,500 in grant funding from SEF. Mrs. Cabral, Mrs. Henson, Mrs. Mallar and Mrs. Middleton submitted a grant for a shared reading book library to support their kindergarten and 1st grade classrooms. Their goal is to extend reading comprehension and teach higher level thinking more

Integration of Diversity and Social-Emotional Learning Through Picture Books

West Elementary School Elisa Rubeck and Jolene Ward of West Elementary School received $1,405.13 in SEF grant funding to purchase new texts for their libraries. As reading specialists, they recognized a need for more diverse, inclusive and social emotional learning (SEL) picture books to enrich their program. These books will be more

Apple Technology to Support 3D Printer

Southeast Elementary School Jonathan Walters, fourth grade teacher at Southeast Elementary School, received $1,477 in grant funding to purchase Apple technology to support a 3D printer in his classroom.  Mr. Walters wrote a separate grant to 3M which was fully funded to purchase a Dremel Digilab 3D printer.

Decodable Books

tracy minnihan south prairie elementary check presentation sycamore education foundation grant

South Prairie Elementary School Tracy Minnihan, Reading Specialist at South Prairie Elementary School, received $1,303.75 in grant funding to purchase decodable books for students. These new and engaging texts will be available for all staff in the building to use. These books can be offered to students who may require lower more

Equipment for G-Force

Sycamore Middle School Liz Peterson and Jodi Gudewicz received $2,574.94 in SEF grant funding to purchase Little Bit Electronics Kits and Sphero RVR Robot packs to support G-Force Club, which focuses on empowering young women to grow, learn, and succeed in the fields of STEM.

ABLE Program Classroom Updates

Sycamore High School Lee Zucker and Marion Kneiling received a grant for classroom updates including furniture and sensory supplies for students for the ABLE program.

Shared Alternative/Flexible Seating

Third grade teachers, Kelsi Boltz and Kyla Hueber, received an SEF grant to purchase shared alternative/flexible seating options for their classroom.