Sycamore Education Foundation


SMS Library

The Sycamore Middle School Library received $10,000 to purchase non-fiction titles for the collection.  Recently, over 1,600 items had to be retired due to condition and outdated content. This grant will build a foundation to begin replacing those books and add more current subject matters.

Southeast 5th Grade Books

The Southeast 5th grade classes were awarded $460.57 for novels for all 5th grade classrooms. By having the same titles available for all students, classes will be able to participate in discussions to analyze and compare different genres and topics.

SHS English Headphones

The SHS English I team was awarded $1,859.04 to purchase noise-cancelling headphones with microphones so students can learn at their own pace in the classroom with minimal distractions.

South Prairie 3-D Printer

South Prairie Elementary School was awarded $462.93 to purchase a 3-D Printer for their STEAM space. Students will be able to design objects using software and observe the designs being printed on site.

South Prairie Book Room

South Prairie Elementary School was awarded $1,500 to supply a book room with updated, current, high-interest non-fiction titles.

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