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    March 12, 2019

    Seacoast Endowment for Education in Dover (“SEED”), a nonprofit organization dedicated to lifting academic excellence in Dover schools, is hosting its annual fundraiser, Encore for Education, Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the new event and conference center at Patty B’s Italian Restaurant, 34 Dover Point Road, Dover, New Hampshire. Underwritten by Portsmouth Regional Hospital's Dover Emergency Room Campus, the evening will feature four artists from Dueling Pianos of NH. All proceeds will be used to sponsor 21st Century learning skills and ground-breaking curriculum in Dover public school classrooms.

    “We are so grateful to have our first ever event underwriter-- Portsmouth Regional Hospital's Dover Emergency Room Campus,” said SEED Event Chair Natalie Koellmer. “This fundraiser is a key factor in our ability to fund future grant requests from administrators and teachers.” 

    SEED was formed to supplement the constrained school budget with private grants funded through donations. Since its inception SEED has awarded more than $100,000 in grants for Dover educators to implement innovative learning experiences, create new curriculum, access additional resources, attend educator development training, and purchase 21st century technology and classroom equipment.

    With 54 business partners and more than 120+ individual donors committed to academic excellence, the non-profit has enabled teachers to introduce Next Generation Science Standards curriculum at the High School, provide literacy learning for grades K-4 and deliver Jo Boaler’s Mindset Mathematics training at the middle school. “Put plainly, SEED was formed to meet a need not met by the district budget,” said Karen Duffy, SEED President.  “In eight short years, SEED has made significant contributions to Dover public schools and our annual fundraiser lays the foundation for our ability to honor future grant applications.”

    The evening will begin at 7pm and features a quartet of dynamic musicians facing off for an unusual night of entertainment. The fun-filled event will also include appetizers, cash bar, auction and the ever popular wine pull. Tickets are on sale now for $75 per person and event sponsorships are now being accepted. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.DoverSEED.org.



    About SEED

    SEED was formed in 2011, in response to concerns from citizens and local businesses about Dover’s inability to back new learning initiatives that better develop career and college readiness for Dover students.  Funded strictly by community giving, SEED awards grants twice annually for projects to be implemented across the Dover school district. For more information, please visit www.DoverSEED.org

    Angela Carter