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Sparta Education Foundation Funds Over $100K in Grants at June Meeting

Posted Thu, Jun 30th, 2016 By Gwen Donovan

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Five educational grants for Sparta High School were approved by the Sparta Education Foundation (SEF) at their June 14 Annual Meeting. These grants include a multi-year commitment of over $200,000 to fund 624 Chromebooks for Science, Math and History classrooms; a shark and predator aquarium in the Media Center; audio amplification systems for ninth grade classrooms; Chromebooks for 11th and 12th grade English resource classrooms; and kinesthetic classroom furniture.

"The recent approval of five new grants totaling over $102,925 represents the highest amount the SEF has ever awarded in one grant cycle," said newly-elected SEF President Danielle Dykstra. "As a foundation we never lose sight of the diverse needs of our students, and these grant fulfillments are outstanding examples of why our all-volunteer organization works so hard to enhance the educational experience in our school district. I am confident that this round of grants will be extremely beneficial to our high school students, and we are proud to be able to award them."

Approved grants for Sparta High School include:

  • A three-year grant for 624 Chromebooks and 24 charging carts requested by Dr. Daniel Johnson, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Staff Development for Sparta School District, for the high school's Science, Math and History classrooms. Part of the 1:World Initiative connecting each student to a computer, the grant request for the first year is $67,276.88, and the total amount of three-year grant is $201,830.
  • 300-gallon shark and predator aquarium requested by Ken Sognamiglio, Sparta High School Biology Teacher. This tank will be located in the existing coral reef learning exhibit at the high school's Media Center. The grant request was for $15,067.
  • 10 Audio Amplification Systems requested by Adrienne Castorino, Supervisor of Special Services. The audio systems will be used in freshmen classrooms. The grant request was for $6,690.
  • 10 HP Chromebooks requested by Renee Dalia for the Special Education English Department's 11th and 12th graders. The Chromebooks will be used for students with moderate disabilities to help them reach their individual goals, improve fine motor skills and benefit from the use of specialized apps. The grant request was for $2,586.
  • A collection of kinesthetic classroom furniture requested by Mary Hassenplug, English/Language Arts Supervisor, for resource level classrooms. This includes eight activity desks, four Fitpro balls with stability legs, four stand-up desks and six pedal desks. The grant request was for $11,305.

The Sparta Education Foundation strengthens our public schools, supports our teachers and inspires our students. Since 2006, they have funded over $759,000 in grants to all five of Sparta's public schools. The Foundation is an independent, non-profit, all-volunteer organization whose mission is to engage the entire community in philanthropic giving. Visit for more information.


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Grants Donated :

  • 5 Rowing Machines for Physical Education Department,   6/6/17   $4,375
  • 8 Sound Systems for Audio Amplification,   6/6/17   $11,587
  • Year 2 of Chromebooks,   6/6/17   $62,277

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