DOVER—Seacoast Endowment for Education in Dover (“SEED”), a nonprofit organization dedicated to lifting academic excellence in Dover schools, just received a $1,000 donation from Maine specialty food producer and retailer, Stonewall Kitchen. The donation will be used to help underwrite SEED’s 2021 spring grant period.
SEED encourages Dover district teachers to apply for SEED funding twice a year via an online grant application. Criteria consideration begins with the number of students served, support of district and state standards, and overall project sustainability. The SEED Board reviews submissions and selects projects that most align with SEED’s mission to better prepare Dover students for post-secondary education and career challenges.
Money to underwrite these proposals comes directly from business support, individual giving, and SEED’s annual fundraiser. “We depend on business support to help make our schools even better and Dover an even more attractive place do business or raise a family,” said Kelly Glennon, Chair, SEED Fundraising Committee.
In 2017, Stonewall Kitchen opened a 75,000 square-feet distribution facility on Mast Road in Dover as part of a growth strategy to expand its workforce, production, and process efficiencies. “We are extremely grateful Stonewall Kitchen elected to invest its charitable giving funds with SEED,” continued Glennon.
During April, SEED held its annual fundraiser, Bid for a Brighter Future, an online auction where it raised more than $21,000 to fund future grants. The most recent educator grant session yielded thirteen applications for learning proposals that included 13 applications for learning proposals that included biotechnology tools to a traveling STEM makerspace with an estimated value of $17,500. To learn more about SEED and its mission to create a legacy for educational excellence in Dover public schools visit www.doverseed.org.
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 info@DoverSeed.org