Innovative Teaching Grants
To date, Smithville Education Foundation has granted over $25,000 in funding to teachers and staff to help our students. We appreciate all the donors and sponsors who have made this possible.
The 2020-21 Grant Application period is closed. Grant announcements will be made in November 2020.
Below are grantees from the 2019-20 grant period.
47 Spanish Books for the ElementaryLibrary
Elementary Librarian Schroeder requested funds to obtain 47 Spanish books for the library. She said that the Elementary Library currently only holds 23 Spanish or bilingual resources for students who are transitioning as English learners, but the campus currently serves many more. The additional varied book selection will expand options for student to develop reading fluency providing a broader and more diversified selection of titles, she said.
Shown in the photo, from left, are Principal Hewitt, SEF President Nancy Towry, Librarian Schroeder, SEF board member Melanie Summarell, and Asst. Supt. Caudill.
Grant total: $913.59
20 Rechargeable Graphic Calculators, two Charging Stations at the Junior High
Math Lab Facilitator Ratliff said that with a growing Junior High student population, their need for graphing calculators has also grown due to the age and condition of the current ones. Now grades 6th through 8thwillbenefit from working calculators, and the school budget will benefit from having these 20 rechargeable versions plus two charging stations, saving funds on battery costs in the future.
Shown in the photo, from left, are SEF President Nancy Towry, SJHS Principal Dr. Logan, Math Lab Facilitator Ratliff, SEF board member Melanie Summarell, and Asst. Supt. Caudill.
Grant total: $2,825.95
5 Triple Beam Balances for the Elementary Science Lab
Fifth Grade Science Teacher Burnham headed the grant process to obtain five triple beam balances for use by both fourth and fifth graders in the shared lab. The balances measure items accurately in science experiments.
The photo shown is one of her, back row center, and her classes, SEF board members Nancy Towry and Melanie Summarell, Asst. Superintendent Caudill, and Principal Hewitt.
Grant total: $544.85
8th Grade Bus Trip to the Holocaust Museum of San Antonio
SJHS Teacher Davenport, along with five others on the Eighth Grade Teacher Team, needed travel funds to give the students a close-to-the-heart lesson with a field trip to San Antonio’s Holocaust Museum.
This field trip is the culmination of their month long Holocaust unit including reading "The Diary of Anne Frank," and provides the students with a greater understanding of what happened, how attitudes and fears can turn into prejudice that can destroy lives, and how to prevent something like this from happening again. SEF is funding travel costs to use three buses to carry the students and teacher team.
Shown in the photo, left to right, are Asst. Supt. Caudill, SEF President Nancy Towry, Teacher Davenport, SJHS Principal Dr.Logan, and SEF board member Melanie Summarell.
Grant total: $360
2020 Grant Application