Educators Awarded Saratoga Schools Education Foundation Grants

Three SSCSD educators have been awarded Saratoga Schools Education Foundation Grants. Congratulations to Kelsey Allen, Meredith Kerr, and Alyssa Witcher for receiving funding for their innovative projects!

Adaptive Bikes for Secondary Physical Education Classes
This grant is jointly funded with $3,000 from the Saratoga Schools Education Foundation and $2,500 from Saratoga Shredders and the Dake Foundation for Children
This $5500 grant, submitted by Kelsey Allen, will support the purchase of specially equipped bicycles to allow middle and high school students in the unified physical education classes to participate in the Bikes in Schools PE curriculum at SSCSD.
 
Math Unit Blocks at Lake Avenue & Division Street Elementary Schools
This $5,000 grant, submitted by Meredith Kerr, will support the purchase of wooden Unit Block Sets for the classroom to promote hands-on learning in mathematics for elementary students. In addition to the blocks, the grant will also fund the purchase of a Unit Block curriculum to help teachers maximize the impact of these materials on cognitive growth and problem-solving skills for students.
 
Virtual Reality Headsets at Maple Avenue Middle School Library
This $4,500 grant, submitted by Alyssa Witcher, will support the purchase of eight Virtual Reality headsets that will allow students to explore interactive 3D worlds. Students will have the ability to “travel” to places around the world or even inside the human body without ever leaving the library.
 
The Saratoga Schools Education Foundation (SSES) is a volunteer-driven nonprofit organization, dedicated to enriching the educational experiences of our students by supporting the creative and impactful projects proposed by our teachers. To date, SSES has awarded over 40 forward-thinking and creative grants to educators, totaling $165,000, all aimed at enhancing student achievement and engagement. For more information about the SSES and its mission to support educational innovation, please visit www.saratogalearning.org.
 
Saratoga Shredders is a 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to get more kids on bikes. In addition to offering mountain bike programming for kids, Shredders has donated strider bikes to all six elementary schools in the Saratoga Springs City School District as part of Learn 2 Ride Program.