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Grant Opportunities:

Smithtown Schools Teacher Grant

SCF Awards teacher grants to allow for innovation in the classroom that would otherwise not have been possible. Our First Annual Smithtown Teacher Grant was awarded to Jane Chalifoux, a fifth grade teacher at Branch Brook Elementary to be used for the betterment of her classroom. The application for this grant is available to ALL teachers in the school district each the fall & the SCF will award the innovative teacher each February at our Kisses For Kaylee Memorial Dinner/Dance.

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Congratulations Jane Chalifoux!

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Doreen Kelly, Smithtown HS East ECommerce Teacher

was recently awarded a Teacher Grant by the foundation at our dinner/dance. The grant is to help fund her class to compete regionally with other students from other school districts to win seed money for the students' ecommerce businesses.

Suzanne Goldstein, Accompsett Middle School FACS Teacher was awarded a Teacher Grant by the foundation after she begin a project with her Life Skills class to design/sew costumes for The Sunrise Fund's Fashion Show. The SCF provided funding so that the students were able to present gifts of decorated Tshirts, flip flops & visors for the models who are all patients at Stony Brook Children's Hospital.

Donna DeLuca, Accompsett Middle School Librarian was awarded a Teacher Grant by the foundation for her enthusiasm & vision in planning & expanding her school's Digital Media Lab. After attending a workshop & doing some research on her own, this dedicated educator cleared out a storage closet, raised funds from Book Fairs, bought an iMac, green screen, lighting kit & camera & their first Newscast aired on March 2014. She then started a club with over 50 students enrolled producing PSAs & conducting interviews. She encouraged other teachers to assign projects with media project component. Our grant will allow her to expand her vision & to create musical compositions, podcasts & radio programs/talk shows.

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Tim Needles, Smithtown High School East Art Teacher was awarded our 2016 Teacher Grant to help his art students & the School Improvement Team. Their vision was to invite international artist, Jon Burgerman to help them create a colorful, inspiraional mural to beautify & live on at their school!

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Ali Cheselka & Lillian Vitale, Family Consumer Science & Ecology Club at Nesaquake Middle School also recieved a 2016 Teacher Grant for their Grow It Green Project. These dynamic, outside of the box educators took a defunct greenhouse & turned it into a hydrophonic garden, affording their students the opportunity to learn useful hands on skills in a less structured environment.

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