Earlier this fall, our district received a donation from an anonymous donor to be used toward supporting needs that may not be covered in our regular budget. All 13 of our schools were given $12,000, and each school has been making good use of that money. This generous gift has funded projects, equipment, and renovations that really improve the quality of education we provide to our students.
Silver Crest School has been especially impacted by the grant.
“A $12,000 grant is life-changing for a school this size,” said Silver Crest Principal Mark Hannan. “We’re able to purchase things we would never be able to afford.”
Hannan wanted to be sure that the teachers had input regarding how the money was used, so he asked them to submit wish lists. So far, the school has already purchased lab tables, stools, and equipment for the school’s new science lab. This new space allows teachers to expand their lesson plans and engage students in hands-on activities. They have also purchased new lightweight plastic tables that will allow for a very dynamic workspace and ease the setup and takedown of school events.
Silver Crest is also using the grant money to re-organize and expand the school library. The remodel will have more space for students to study, read, and do homework. It will also feature an updated selection of books and technology. The school is also looking into softer classroom lights to create a calmer atmosphere.
“Our main goal is to make school a comfortable and functional environment for all students,” said Hannan. “We want them to feel like this is a place they can come to explore and focus.”