Foundation Awards Close to $16,000 in Instructional Grants

June 10, 2016  —
The Suffolk Education Foundation is proud to announce its financial support of the following classroom use on about SEF pageinstructional programs which will impact more than 3,500 students during the 2016-17 school year.  The Suffolk Education Foundation has funded close to $280,000 in instructional grants over the years.

  • Reading Fun: It’s in the Bag: Booker T. Washington Elementary School … Students in the Early Start preschool classes will benefit from an interactive, take-home literacy program. Kids will take home the book bags twice a month, and each will include books and related family activities to support reading readiness skills.  ($460 – Ruth Harrel)
  • Enhancing Music Program with Suzuki Hand Chimes: John Yeates Middle School … Chorus students do more than sing. They also learn rhythm concepts, note reading, and the relation of melody and harmony.  The grant will add a basic two-octave set of hand chimes to complement music lessons.   ($870 – Laurie Curtis)
  • Study Island: Differentiated Instruction: King’s Fork Middle School … Seventh-grade students will benefit from one-on-one tutorial sessions which are designed in a fun, game-like atmosphere. The online “Study Island” will enhance math and science lessons.  ($2,000 – Michelle Ingram)
  • An Island by Myself, No More: Forest Glen Middle School … Students will benefit from one-on-one tutorial sessions which are designed in a fun, game-like atmosphere. The online “Study Island” will enhance reading and math lessons for all grade levels. ($2,000 – Kimberly Bynum)
  • Break Point Computation and Estimation: Oakland Elementary School … Adding tennis lessons during Physical Education classes, students will practice such math concepts as computation and estimation. ($935 – Anne McCoy)
  • Expansion of Biomedical Sciences Program: Lakeland High School … Students in the city-wide, high school specialty program will design solutions to real-world, complex health programs. Funds will be used to purchase the necessary science laboratory equipment and supplies. The program prepares students for higher education study and careers in the fields of health care and medicine. ($2,000 – Sarah McDonald)
  • Organic Chemistry Lab: King’s Fork High School … Students will benefit from laboratory glassware kits designed to support organic chemistry experiments which will provide students hands-on insight into textbook formulas. ($1,351 — Sharon Criner)
  • Electronic Balances for Science Labs: Nansemond River High School … Science students enrolled in biology, earth science, and chemistry will benefit from 10 electronic balances to meet state standards for real-world, hands-on experiments. ($1,800 – Deborah Oliver)
  • Coding with LEGO Robotics: John Yeates Middle School … Students will design, build, and program LEGO robot kits as part of the after-school CHROME science club during the program’s first year. In the second year, students will participate in a state-wide LEGO robotics competition league.  ($1,963 – Leslie Bulger)
  • Hands-On Weather: King’s Fork High School … Earth science students will learn with hands-on kits to teach about climate cycles, atmospheric pressure, and El Nino/La Nina effects. The equipment will allow for more cooperative learning and could build lifelong weather warriors.  ($449 – Ann Bailey)
  • Interactive Visual Lessons: Nansemond River High School … Students will benefit from a wireless interactive whiteboard system, providing opportunities to share writing lessons and provide real-time peer feedback. This technology package will be a pilot project.  ($187 – Jennifer Leighton)
  • Data Loggers & Probe Ware: King’s Fork High School … Biology students are required to understand how scientists work and communicate with each other, using current technology for scientific collection and analysis of data throughout the year. ($1,900 – Sherri Story)

Awards are made following an application process and review by a committee from the Suffolk Education Foundation’s board of directors. Selection criteria include academic impact on the most students, collaboration with other programs, and potential for sustainability.

Anyone interested in contributing to the instruction grants funds of the Suffolk Education Foundation can send their tax-deductible donation to P.O. Box 394, Suffolk VA  23439-0394.  Please note to which fund your contribution should be credited.  General donations are also accepted to help the Foundation in its other programs, including college scholarships, Teacher of the Year and Star Award employee recognitions, staff development, and tuition assistance for high school students taking dual-credit college courses.


What is the Suffolk Education Foundation?

The Suffolk Education Foundation (SEF) was founded in 1993 and received its IRS 501(c)(3) status in the same year. Since that time, the board has worked hard by developing a variety of fundraisers to raise additional donations and to ensure that students and staff of Suffolk Public Schools receive scholarships and classroom grants on an annual basis.

The mission of the Suffolk Education Foundation is to support Suffolk Public Schools by connecting the community’s talents and resources to expand educational opportunities for students and staff.

Over the past 20 years, Foundation investment assets have grown to more than $450,000. By supporting Suffolk Public Schools, the Foundation is ensuring that the Suffolk community will have talented leaders and citizens long into the future.