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, grants, and other various monetary needs of the Shorewood School District since 2003.
AP French Class Enhancements
During the 2012-2013 school year, $4,154 was awarded to Shorewood High School French teacher Christine Jacquart for the purchase of supplementary resources to offer additional support for students transitioning between French IV and AP French. A book titled Allons au-dela!, purchased using SEED funds, provides a thorough discovery of literature in a rich and varied context that includes the integration of listening, speaking, writing and reading activities. This book targets a wide spectrum of students and abilities. A year later, Mme. Jacquart reflects on how the donation has enhanced her upper level French courses.
1.) What inspired you to write the SEED grant?
SEED has always been generous with donations to fund various educational projects. I felt as though there was a true need to work on reading skills in another language as well as expand cultural knowledge under the AP thematic units. This book was designed to do just that.
2.) How did you determine that the clearest need for additional resources was with the students transitioning into AP French?
I felt that more work could be done in level 4 to prepare them for the AP class. I see level 4 as the beginning part of the advanced level where students begin to refine concepts learned from the beginning and intermediate level. Once students reach level 5, and after having exposure to more complex texts, they are better prepared to tackle the recommended readings for AP. Continuity is very important when encouraging more students to go on to AP.
3.) How has the SEED grant impacted your classroom thus far?
Both level 4 and AP use the literature to enhance their cultural knowledge of both past and present events in the Francophone world.
4.) How have additional resources expanded students' learning experiences?
Students are able to deepen their cultural knowledge and continue to apply reading strategies to sophisticated texts.
5.) Were you optimistic that your grant proposal was going to be chosen for fulfillment?
I was optimistic that SEED would help out. Our district supports education and the needs of our students. AP is the final level of achievement at SHS and those students deserve to be supported for their continued interest and efforts in embracing what it means to be a global citizen.
6.) Why do you think philanthropy is important for Shorewood Schools?
Philanthropy can be beneficial in meeting the needs of our students and ensuring they have high-quality resources to learn from in order to extend their thinking.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 414-961-3161.
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