The Salem Education Foundation has announced that it will be awarding upwards of $20,000 in grant funding to 24 public school teachers in all of the district's public schools, plus Salem Academy Charter School, at a ceremony on Thursday.
The grants are part of the SEF's annual Teacher Grant Program, in which proposals for innovative classroom programs are selected to receive funding through a competitive blind process.The SEF received 37 proposals this year, and 65 percent of them will receive funding.
The selected programs will benefit children of all grade levels across Salem, including the Collins Middle School, Salem High and all seven elementary schools.
The funding, based on subject, according to a statement from the SEF, is broken down as follows (percentages are approximate):
30% of the funds will support programs with an emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math).
27% will support programs related to arts, music and culture.
22% will go to literacy and language arts.
The remainder will support programs in social studies, as well as health and wellness.
SEF-funded projects are enhanced through partnerships with community agencies such as the Peabody Essex Museum, which will unveil a citywide exhibition of student art at the museum as part of the "Art CAN Make an Impression" project, which will be a collaborative art project funded across the district.
Other examples of projects that will receive funding are the "PLAYing with Literature" project at Witchcraft Heights Elementary, and the "Tapping Our Way to Syrup" project at Horace Mann.
During "PLAYing with Literature" children will write scripts and film movies using puppets they create, which will then be shown to other students and also posted on the school's website for the public to view.
"Tapping Our Way to Syrup" will see students make their own maple syrup by identifying schoolyard trees, collecting sap, and doing math problems based on the evaporation process before serving it to fellow students in the school cafeteria.
The grant distribution ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday at Salem High School and is open to the public.
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