The Chatham Education Foundation (CEF) awarded its newest round of grants to teachers and administrators of the School District of the Chathams at the regular meeting of the Board of Education on Monday.

This month’s grants, totaling $13,202.83, will support social-emotional well-being at Chatham High School (CHS), enhance the science curriculum for Southern Boulevard’s (SBS) second-grade students, and provide just-right books for our Washington Avenue School (WAS) Kindergarten students.  

Congratulations to our grant recipients for their ongoing efforts in the classroom and introducing innovative practices and curricula in our schools. Highlights from the four grants awarded on May 14 include:

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A grant awarded to CHS Student Counselors Andrea Murphy and Lisa Lattarulo supports the Rest & Relaxation Room available to all CHS students. The room is a place for students to de-stress, decompress, and practice mindfulness activities during the lunch hour. “By learning about mindfulness and awareness of our thoughts, emotions, sensations and surrounding environment, students will be able to learn coping skills that will help with human flourishing,” say Ms. Murphy and Ms. Lattarulo.

CEF awarded WAS Kindergarten teachers Lisa Kressler and Nancy Volker two grants to support literacy. Choosing Just Right Books enables a more diverse selection of books to meet the varied reading levels and interests of Kindergarten students. Providing more choice to emerging readers, these books will be utilized during the Reading Workshop block for independent and buddy reading, as well as for homework, where students choose from classroom books to read to their families. The second grant awarded, Learning About Animals, supports using non-fiction books to research and then write a non-fiction story about an animal they will visit while on their annual class trip to the zoo.  

The SBS second grade teaching team of Ryan Vogel, Jaclyn Brief, Sarah Byrne, Emily DePasacale, Susan Keating, and Mollie Seiferas is the recipient of a grant for Student Discovery Boxes and Corresponding Non-Fiction Literature.  With the implementation of Next Generation Science Standards, student learn science through science and engineering practices--asking questions, using models, and analyzing and interpreting data.  Discovery boxes cover a range of topics such as Electricity and Magnetism, Animal Tracking, Pond and Stream, and Sound and Waves. The grant also provides non-fiction literature to enhance their learning about the elements that they are observing.  

CEF has extended over $95,000 in grant funding for the 2017-18 academic year.  These grants impact all students and the community by providing technology, classroom of the future innovative furniture, and tools and programs to support literacy, STEM, well-being and the arts.

To learn more about CEF or to make a donation, visit The generosity of private donors funds CEF and encourages teachers and administrators to research new methods and tools, improve today’s practices, and spread their enthusiasm to colleagues and students.