GIving Makes a Difference
Giving can make a big difference in expanding learning opportunities for students in Shorewood Schools. The Shorewood SEED (Supporters of Excellence in Education Development) Foundation has helped raise over $200,000 annually to help fund projects, academic programs, student and teaching activities, and other needs of the Shorewood School District since 2003.
SHS Science Olympiad
During the 2012-2013 school year, $1,500 was awarded to Shorewood High School science teacher and Science Club advisor, Karen Grzybowski. Thanks to SEED's contribution, the Science Club and Science Olympiad team were able to purchase equipment and participate in competitions that they otherwise may not have been able to afford.
1.) What inspired you to write the SEED grant?
Science Olympiad is a great experience for our students, but is not funded. We need money for the build events, transportation, hotel rooms for the State competition, and other supplies the team needs in order to participate. The SEED grant was written to allow our team to be competitive.
2.) How did you determine that Science Olympiad was the best candidate for these additional resources?
Science Olympiad engages our students in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) learning beyond the classroom.
3.) How has the SEED grant impacted the Science Olympiad team thus far?
We were much better prepared last year and this year thanks to the SEED grant and the materials we now have available to us.
4.) Were you optimistic that your grant proposal was going to be chosen for fulfillment?
I was hopeful. SEED has been wonderful to us and continues to be a major supporter for our students.
5.) Science Olympiad is also sponsored by a number of local businesses. How has that support helped to enhance the team?
We have had help from a few local businesses including Shorewood Family Chiropractic and Yo Mama! Frozen Yogurt. This support has also allowed us to be more competitive.
6.) Why do you think philanthropy is important for Shorewood Schools?
Philanthropy impacts our students' lives in a very positive way. We have seen enhanced learning opportunities for them because of the generosity of others. Science Club deeply appreciates all the help we are receiving.
Science Club President, Nathalie Bolduc (class of 2015), is equally as grateful for donations the club has accepted over the past couple of years.
"Sponsorships have allowed us to purchase materials for Science Olympiad, such as wood for build events and books for paper tests. It has also paid the fees to enter Science Olympiad and Sturgeon Bowl, which are relatively high," Bolduc said.
Thanks to donations from SEED and business sponsorships, the cost for students to attend the 2014 Science Olympiad State competition at University of Wisconsin-Stout was drastically reduced, which is something Bolduc said the whole team appreciated.
"I would like to say thank you to all of the people who have donated and helped us fundraise. The club is very important to me, as well as many other students, and it would not be as successful without donations and grants."
For more information about how you can support new learning experiences for students in Shorewood Schools, visit the SEED website at www.shorewoodseed.org or contact Ted Knight at email@example.com or 414-961-3161.
Tuesday January, 20, 2015 at 01:47PM
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