SEED funded $20,591.23 in grants in 2016-2017.

Fully- and Partially-Funded Grants


Making Maps Real — $2,304
Primary Applicant: John Stanco

The purpose of this grant was to purchase handheld GPS units. These units are used to help students develop strong map reading and interpreting abilities. For example, the units help the students understand abstract ideas of latitude and longitude to physically map coordinates using these skills.

Lake Bluff

Lake Bluff Stage Improvement: Storage Equipment — $2,500
Primary Applicant: Liisa Church

Thousands of dollars of audio equipment were being stored in the Lake Bluff stage, but the equipment is unsecured, uncovered and vulnerable to dust, dirt, theft, and accidental damage. This grant was used to purchase commercial grade storage equipment to protect this equipment.

Second Grade Trade Books — $1,280
Primary Applicant: Todd Fendos

This grant was used to replace and refurbish books in Lake Bluff’s second grade classrooms for use in small reading groups. These books will be used by both classrooms, and will replace some of the existing titles, as well as allow for a few new titles.

Creating Beautiful Spaces — $450
Primary Applicant: Julie Nolan

This money funded an artful display board in the second floor west hallway of Lake Bluff. It will enable English Language Learners, Band, Orchestra, and General Music teachers to showcase student work.

Intermediate School

Language Arts Curriculum for Advanced Learning Guided Study at SIS — $2,314.45
Primary Applicant: Sam Nadolsky

This grant was used to fund a curriculum designed by the College of William and Mary for Gifted Education called The 1940s: A Decade of Change. It was used by 7th and 8th graders during their guided study times.

World Language Program — $450 (partially-funded)
Primary Applicant: Annette Koerten

This grant funded the purchase of cameras which capture and record student projects. As part of the French program’s authentic learning, French students made a movie (for example).

Virtual Reality Expeditions Equipment — $2,647.97
Primary Applicant: Kelly Steiner

This grant was used to purchase Virtual Reality headsets which were used to explore places that students learned about in class. Teachers guide students on tours through any of the 500 locations currently available via Google Excursions. The purchase of these headsets provided authentic experiential learning as well as increased cross-curricular opportunities for the students.

High School

Visual Journalism Infrastructure — $8,644.81
Primary Applicant: Jeff Zimpel and Mike Halloran

This grant was used to purchase new audio and visual recording equipment to be used in the Visual Journalism Class. Using print design, photography, video, and audio, students documented and told stories of the diverse and vibrant events in their local community. The grant project will also make this equipment available to students in AP Art classes and future editors of Ripples.