Sycamore Education Foundation


Sycamore Education Foundation

On Monday, February 24, the Board of Directors of the Sycamore Education Foundation (SEF) awarded $15,941.30 in grant funding to enhance educational opportunities for the students of Sycamore Community School District 427.

“Through the support of our generous donors, we were able to provide funding for nine special projects for educators during this grant cycle,” said Lauren Holtz, SEF Executive Director.  “This is the largest number of grants we’ve received and funded to date.  As we are continuing to grow the Foundation, we are hoping to provide an even greater impact for our schools in the future.”

These grant funds will go to support a variety of projects in District 427 including:

  • Technology items for the SparTECHus IT program at Sycamore High School
  • ABLE classroom updates at Sycamore High School
  • Drones for the agriculture department at Sycamore High School
  • Creating garden classrooms at West, Southeast, and South Prairie Elementary Schools
  • Makerspace items for West Elementary School
  • Character studies through series books for Mrs. Zeitler’s third grade classroom South Prairie Elementary School
  • Guided reading books for Southeast Elementary School
  • Shared alternative/flexible seating for Mrs. Boltz and Mrs. Hueber’s third grade classrooms at Southeast Elementary School
  • Sensory supplies for the OSCAR program

“We are extremely fortunate to have a strong Education Foundation who supports our staff in creating opportunities for our students to enrich their experience as a Spartan,” said Kathy Countryman, Superintendent of Sycamore Community School District 427.  “We are grateful for their work, their connection to our community and alumni and look forward to sharing the stories of the impact of these grants.”


The Foundation last provided over $20,000 in grants for teachers in October 2019.

Since 2018, SEF has funded nearly $210,000 in grants for Sycamore schools.  The Foundation has supported a variety of projects for the District including the library renovation at North Elementary School, a 21st Century collaborative commons at Sycamore High School, digital signage, and the Spartan TV production studio and access channel.

If you’re interested in contributing to future initiatives to enhance the quality of education for our students throughout Sycamore School District 427, please click here to make a donation.