Small Grant Awards for 2023
Dec 5, 2023 in News
The Saucon Valley Foundation for Educational Innovation is pleased to award five small grants with the return of the program after a Covid hiatus.
Big Panthers, Little Panthers
This grant is awarded to the team of Braxmeier, Bath, Faulkner, Suriel, Dennington & Brodhead in the Elementary and High Schools. The award in the amount of $2,900.00 will affect students participating in the Big Panthers, Little Panthers mentoring program, approximately 100. The funding will be used to purchase art supplies used during meetings and admission tickets for the year-end field trip to Free Fall.
Strength & Conditioning
This grant is awarded to Donna Ellis in the High School. The award in the amount of $2,875.00 will affect all students participating in the Strength & Conditioning class, approximately 90-125 per year. With the acquisition of 24 Polar Heartrate Monitors and 4 TRX Pro4 Runner Bundles the students will receive real time data that connects to personal devices (iPads) allowing them to determine performance metrics and make modifications to exercise plans. The equipment will contribute to better exercise routines and safe personal habits.
This grant is awarded to Phillip Russell in the Middle School. The award in the amount of $3,000.00 will affect all students participating in the Mountain Bike unit, approximately 150-180 per year. With the acquisition of 5 additional mountain bikes the entire class can participate in the unit teaching students how to ride and maintain bikes. In addition, students will learn how to complete a pre-ride check ensuring readiness for the trail.
This grant is awarded to Lauren Sakasitz in the Middle School. The award in the amount of $1,355.00 to purchase a Harp will affect all middle school students during the related arts music rotation. The Harp provides students the opportunity to learn a unique instrument few have access; the learning objectives of the harp will be to incorporate musical concepts of pentatonic and melodic composition, accompaniment and improvisation.
Harness Safe Music Making
This grant is awarded to Kaela Bitting in the High School. The award in the amount of $2,830.00 will affect students participating in the Marching Band. The proper equipment will allow percussion students to participate safely and provided them the opportunity to physically demonstrate advanced performance skills.