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SOMA Achieve Foundation Awards $40,500 in Teacher Grants for 49 Projects

From the Achieve Foundation:

In December, Achieve awarded $40,500 in teacher grants for 49 projects at all grade levels across the South Orange-Maplewood School District.  

Achieve representatives paid personal visits to deliver grant checks to happy and surprised staff members in all eleven school buildings. Grants ranged from “The ABCs of AAC for Young Learners” at Montrose to “Distant Shores Dance Workshop: An Exploration of the Immigrant Experience” at CHS, and included dozens of intriguing, inspiring and innovative science, reading, arts and gardening projects in between.  

Clinton School teachers Courtney DeVomecourt and Kathy Shelffo were literally jumping for joy over their successful “Building Student Leaders” grant, which provides books to support the school’s Leader In Me program.Following is just a sampling of a few grants Achieve was pleased to fund for the 2018-19 school year

  • Achieve provided grant money to fund a “Live Chick Hatchery” in Sabina Soloway’s kindergarten class at the South Mountain Annex.
  • South Orange Middle School reading specialist Juliann DiPietro received funding for her “It’s All Greek to Me!” grant, a study of Greek and Latin word origins.

  • Maplewood Middle Science teacher Aloysius Phillips submitted not one, but two winning grant proposals in the fall. One for a “Mobile Microscope Cart” and the other to bring “The Lungfish: A Living Fossil” into his classroom.

  • MMS Media Specialist Evyn Degnan also received two Achieve grants this year – for “Makerspace Supplies” and “Soundtrap Recording Software.”
  • CHS teacher Kandice Point-Du-Jour received funding for her “Distant Shores: Dance Workshop” program, which will allow students to explore their families’ own immigrant experiences, create original dances and perform them at CHS and SOPAC.

See a full list of the 49 grants funded here:

Direct Fund a Teacher Grant Now!

While most grants were fully funded by Achieve, thanks to generous support of donors throughout the year, 13 worthy grants were partially funded and are open for direct funding support from the community throughout the month of January.  Donors can choose from the list of approved grants that need additional funding and contribute toward them in any amount.

You can help make a SOMSD teacher’s dreams come true between now and February 1st by clicking HERE.

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