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  • SEED announces 2021 grant winners

    $16,000+ Donated to Dover Public Schools
    DOVER, NH –Seacoast Educational Endowment for Dover (“SEED”), a nonprofit organization dedicated to lifting academic excellence in Dover, New Hampshire public schools, recently awarded just more than $16,000 for tools and curriculum for Dover public schools not otherwise available through traditional school budgets.
    At Dover High School, Amy Poirier was granted $6,098 to purchase biotech tools for her “Bringing Biotechnology Tools to ALL Biology Classrooms“  application, a proposal for equity in science education which will benefit 400+ students. Honors and AP Biology classes already have these instruments, this proposal requests more tools to equip all sciences classes allowing students to gain valuable experience with lab skills and important genetic technology.
    Dover Middle School teacher, Anna Puertas was awarded $1,000 to develop a Community Garden. The garden will teach students about the life cycles of the fruit and vegetables, be therapeutic experiential learning, and will also serve as a touching memorial for DMS Guidance Counselor, Stacey McDonough, who passed away October 22, 2020, after a long battle with cancer.
    Also at Dover Middle School, Life Skills Instructor, Julie Davis
was awarded $2,400 for equipment and supplies for related arts classes such as Working in the Kitchen, Food & Nutrition, and Personal Finance. The grant award will provide opportunities for all Dover Middle School students to gain practical experience in the various labs to demonstrate what they have learned in lessons during class time.
    At Woodman Park School, Katie Gorski was granted $1,500 to purchase hallway decals, tools for students with sensory needs. The decals are part of the Zones of Regulations, a curriculum to help students gain skills in consciously regulating their actions, which in turn leads to increased control and problem solving ability. Using the curriculum and tools, staff will teach strategies to the students to be better listeners, learners and active participants in the learning environment. 
    Terese Nicolella was granted $3,500 for her Best Maker Station Ever-proposal. The application requests funds to purchase a fold away craft room with 85,000 cubic inches of storage space, 80 storage totes, and a large table which offers sit or stand options to create a traveling maker station at Horne Street School.

    Seacoast Charter School music teacher, Mary Dellea was granted $1,870 to create an Edible Garden, a program to offer classroom alternatives, encourage environmental stewardship and teach sustainability to preschool through eighth grade students. The garden will be managed by a team of parent volunteers and staff and will develop fine motor skills while learning about science and math. Added bonus, students will engage all five senses and learn about healthy eating. 
    Through philanthropic giving, business support, and its annual fundraiser, SEED has donated more than $200,000 to Dover public schools while simultaneously building an endowment fund to perpetuate giving for years to come.
    About SEED
    Formed in 2011, SEED is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization working to promote academic excellence, champion technology and reward educator innovation in Dover’s public schools. SEED support is not intended to replace appropriate municipal funding. SEED raises private philanthropic dollars and provides grant funds, on a competitive basis, to educators who submit formal applications. SEED’s overarching goals are to create a legacy for educational excellence in Dover Public Schools and to advocate the value of education in the community. SEED welcomes donations of time, talent, and resources. To get involved, please contact