Classroom mini-grants were recently awarded to 17 teachers in the Sunnyvale School District by the local chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international organization of women educators. Teachers
from preschool through 8th grade were invited to submit applications describing how they envisioned using the funds. The proposals were wide-ranging and included such items as hands-on learning materials, support for field trips, flexible seating options for the classroom, and various technology tools to support student learning. In particular, a number of teachers had proposals for supplementing their classroom libraries to support literacy development, implement book studies, focus on social-emotional traits or expand the range of books available to students that reflect their cultural diversity. So many applications were received that the number of grants was expanded.
The Alpha Lambda chapter has a long history of supporting Sunnyvale students and teachers. In addition to the ongoing teacher grants, for many years we have also provided scholarship funds to the schools with the highest number of socioeconomically disadvantaged students to support 5th-grade students attending Walden West Outdoor Education camp.
The Alpha Lambda chapter is made up of many educators associated with SSD and we are pleased and proud to be able to continue our support. We invite and welcome anyone who might be interested in learning more about our chapter to contact President Ann McCarty at email@example.com.
Article submitted by Ann McCarty.