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Excellence in Education Grants


Excellence in Education Grant Program:

The Sunnyside Foundation in correlation with district goals and vision and board approval will move to the three Excellence in Education categories as described below:

Excellence in Education grants are awarded in the following strategic curriculum areas:

  • • Fine Arts & Music

  Parameters within this category can include:
  • Extra-Curricular Activities
  • Field Trips
  • Artist in Residence Visits (for example) or Subject Matter Expert Presentations

  • • Literacy Projects & Programs (with emphasis on Pre-K through 3rd grade programs & support)

  Parameters within this category can include:
  • Books and supportive reading material to enhance literacy curriculum
  • Extra-Curricular Activities
  • Field Trips
  • Subject Matter Expert Presentations

  • • Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics

  Parameters within this category can include:
  • Extra-Curricular Activities
  • Field Trips
  • STEM Programs conducted within class time
  • STEM Competitions
  • Subject Matter Expert Presentations

Excellence in Education Fall Grant Round Schedule for 2018-2019 School Year:

Post-Grant Reports for 2018-2019 Excellence in Education Grant Round:

  • Due Monday, September 2nd, 2019 by close of business (5:00 p.m.)
  • Preferred Method: Typed, Saved, Scanned and Sent by e-mail to:  info@sunnsyidefoundation.org
  • Post Grant Report form attached for information and use
  • Late reports will not be accepted

Excellence in Education Fall Grant Round Schedule for 2019-2020 School Year:

  • Due Monday, September 16th, 2019 by close of business (5:00 p.m.)
  • Previous grant awardees must submit a Post-Grant report before applying for 2018-2019 funding
  • Preferred Method: Typed, Saved, Scanned and Sent by e-mail (no Google docs) to: info@sunnysidefoundation.org
  • Handwritten or Late grant applications will not be accepted
  • Excellence in Education Grant application can be found on Sunnyside Foundation website: www.sunnysidefoundation.org

Grant Awards will be announced on Friday, October 11th, 2019 and winners invited to:

  • 8th Annual Funding Our Future: Pathways to Success Luncheon
  • Thursday, October 24th, 2019, Casino Del Sol Resort

    Annual deadline will be determined by the annual luncheon date and will be announced in March of each school year.

    To all Sunnyside Foundation’s Friends and Supporters,

    As we near the end of the year, thank you for your continued support and please consider making a charitable donation to the Sunnyside Foundation. With Education budgets continuously slashed, it is vitally important, a matter of ‘national security’ to continue providing proper levels of funding to Educational programs and professionals. YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE by making a donation today by clicking here or on the button below!

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    Grant Donation 2014

    Lauffer Middle School: Future Cities Program
    2015-16 Award: $1,000
    In its’ third full year, Lauffer Middle School will offer the Future City classes as a component of their STEM curriculum. Students will have an opportunity to do what engineers do including design solutions to community problems while using the engineering design process. Future City is a national, project-based learning experience where middle school students imagine, design, and build cities of the future centered on a specific engineering design challenge. This year’s challenge is Waste Not, Want Not and designing futuristic urban environments with zero waste systems. Students work as a team with an educator and engineer mentor to plan cities using SimCity™ 4 software; research and write solutions to an engineering problem; build tabletop 3D scale models with recycled materials; and present their ideas before judges at a Regional Competition in Phoenix. There are currently 50-students enrolled in Lauffers’ Future City classes
    Apollo Middle School Orchestra, Growing and Thriving
    2015-16 Award: $1,000

    The academic goal is for students to learn to play a string instrument successfully, with a proper set up, to play a quality instrument with good tone production, and to play grade level appropriate music in a balanced ensemble.

    The expected outcome is that by having access to better quality instruments, strings, bows, music, and other orchestra materials, students will experience success at a faster rate than if they continue to play lower quality instruments. Students will also spend more time on task because they would not need to waste time solving problems that come along with lower quality instruments and materials. As an ensemble, the orchestras would sound more balanced, with enough students playing each instrument to provide all students with a truly, well rounded orchestral sound. This will in turn provide the teacher with more options of orchestral selections for the ensembles to learn and perform.

    Many students are closer to reaching these goals because they are now using materials that were purchased with Sunnyside Foundation Grant money from last year. I am thrilled to see and hear the progress that my students are making, now that they have the appropriate, quality materials.

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