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School Fuel Enrichment Grants

School Fuel is excited to support these innovative and enriching opportunities for students.  Here are the grants awarded for the 2019-20 school year based on applications from teachers, students, administrators, and parents:

“I think experiential education is one of the best ways to learn and the students were able to learn firsthand about sailing and SF Bay during the trips. This is the highlight of high school for many of the students. Once you get to high school, students rarely go on field trips and so the chance to get out of the classroom and on a boat, learning as they took in the surroundings, was a pretty amazing experience. It's a lot of work as a teacher, applying for grants and organizing the trips and chaperones, but I feel like the work is worth it in the end and that providing this opportunity for the students is one of the best things I do as a teacher and I can't thank School Fuel enough for providing us with this grant!” Melissa Havel, San Marin biology teacher

"The purchase of the Arduino kits allowed [students] hands-on training in robotics hardware and programming fundamentals. This was the first time in the club history that programming training could be offered to a large number of club members. This activity allowed us to provide a meaningful training activity for new club members and broaden the technical skills of the group." John Maga, San Marin Robotics Club adviser

“We have nearly 100 mentor/mentee relationships. [The School Fuel grant for after school mentoring] has been a game changer her for those kids who need stability. It has helped significantly with student academic and social/emotional achievement.” Steve Hospodar, principal Hamilton K-8

“This grant impacted our journalism class in a major way. We were able to launch a wonderful school newspaper, with most of the printing costs covered. This allowed the dream to come true! Novato High embraced the school newspaper, and literacy was promoted throughout campus. A genuine interest and excitement was quickly built from the ground up with The Swarm (name of paper). The grant allowed the students to see their work in print and online, which enhanced their confidence and experience. The grant was essential to the growth of the class. The students were appreciative beyond belief!” Josh Rosenberg, Novato High journalism teacher

For 2019-20 school year, School Fuel funded the following enrichment grants:

Hamilton K-8 Grant Awarded
Summer Bridge program for matriculating students $             5,000
After school athletics program, funds for coaching stipends, uniforms and competition fees $             3,000
Support for Middle School Scholars program (math, chess and STEM activities after school) $             5,000
2019 Summer Hawks program for 5th - 8th graders $             5,000
Chess lunchtime program for 3rd - 8th grades plus TK-K $             5,000
Loma Verde
Odyssey of the Mind teams $              2,100
After school sports clubs $             4,000
Calming corners for classrooms $             2,000
Lu Sutton
Giants and Geometry Field Trip for fourth graders $             3,000
Outdoor K and TK play equipment and sensory tables $             3,000
Field trip support $             5,000
Lynwood
Afro-Peruvian Dance assembly and workshops $           3,000
Do Good Crew support $            1,500
Support for schoolwide fluency initiative $           5,000
Mental health counselor $           5,000
Olive
Intervention curriculum and materials $             6,000
Kindergarten playground equipment $             3,000
ArtWorking with the Wetlands environmental stewardship project $             2,405
Speakers and heart rate detectors for Olive in Motion $               600
SPX Max Reformer bundle for students with OT needs $             3,700
Pleasant Valley
Oral storytelling guest teacher for third grade $             2,000
Fourth grade Sacramento field trip $             4,000
Second grade field trip to Charles M. Schulz Museum $             1,400
Spanish language materials for school library $                500
Rancho
Diverse classroom library materials $                500
Safe zones for third grade classrooms $             1,000
Headphones for classroom use $             1,000
Materials for Compassion Project $             1,000
San Ramon
Support for Lunch Bunch program providing alternate lunchtime activities and enrichment $             5,000
Sinaloa
3-D laser cutter and printer and related material for Design class $             7,600
Sixth grade Artists in the Schools program for interdisciplinary unit $             5,000
Art supplies $             3,000
San Jose
Oculus VR headsets for science $             2,500
Support for Robotics Club $             6,600
Ball-A-Vis-X for PE $                630
Musical instrument repair and purchase $             8,000
Library reading space enhancement $             1,500
Support for Girls on the Run club $             1,200
Student participation in National History Day competition and events $             5,220
Support for drama student field trip $             3,000
Novato High
Equipment and guest teacher for Yoga PE $                500
College field trips and supplies for AVID classes $             7,500
Equipment and supplies for Sports Medicine class $             5,000
Art and Cultures Club costs $             4,000
Link Crew, teacher training, student leader training, and freshman orientation $             4,000
Animation software $             5,622
Health and Wellness books for library $             1,000
Support for dance and spoken work collaborative project $             1,200
San Marin
Music festival fees $              2,955
Visiting clinicians for music classes $             5,000
Mock Trial team competition fees and expenses $             3,000
Robotics Club competition fees $             5,000
Learning Lounge support $             2,500
Field trips for biotech students $             1,500
Biotech lab kits $                900
AVID support $             2,000
Link Crew expenses $              1,252
Technology tools for Geometry classes $             8,000
Marine Biology sailing field trip $             7,750
Materials for visual arts class birdhouse project $              1,770