“Thank you so much for the exciting news that my grant request has been accepted. I am so excited to provide these innovative, brain growing activities to the kids in my class. Having only one Osmo Genius Kit right now is frustrating for the kids and me. Thanks so much for all the time you donate to this wonderful foundation. I can’t imagine the amount of work it takes to administrate it all. Know that you’re making a huge difference in the lives of Curie children. From beautiful Mozart costumes that I’ve used so many times over the years when I put on my class musicals, to the iPads that have inspired so many students to learn creatively. Again 1 million thanks for supporting the UC community. We probably don’t say it enough but everyone feels truly grateful.” – Jill Harris, Curie Elementary
“A big THANK YOU for donating our beautiful new rug to room 515 4th and 5th grade students at Doyle Elementary. Before the rug, students wanted to sit at their desks and the front of our room looked like a boring waste of space. Now, the kids enjoy coming up to the rug, working with partners and collaborating together. It’s even helping the 5th graders learn the 50 state names and locations! Thank you again for this wonderful treat. We will take good care of our new carpet so it can last for years and years!” – Doreen Wagner, Doyle Teacher
“I received $1000 to purchase guided reading books from the Rigby PM collection. The books are being used by all my students throughout literacy time and then are being used during ELD which includes students from the other first grade classrooms. I am so excited to see how much the children are enjoying the new books and how much it is improving their progress towards reaching their end of the year reading goals. Educate inspires us to continuously look for new ways to help children and makes wishes and dreams come true for the teachers of the UC community. Thank you for EVERYTHING you do for all of us!” – Renee McCabe, Spreckels Teacher
“Thank you, Educate! The new portable sign your grant allowed us to purchase has been getting lots of attention. Students who never seem to look at the marquee or chalkboards can’t help but see our great new sign – especially since we can move the sign to places they can’t miss. Thanks for helping us get the word out.” – Monte Carroll, Standley Teacher & ASB Advisor
“My colleagues and I would like to thank you for funding Channel One News for our 3rd grade students at Doyle. This daily news show has supported critical thinking and strengthened listening and speaking skills. Our students look forward to this portion of their day as they learn about what is happening in our world. The collaborative conversations we have in the classroom, as well as those that they have at home, are meaningful and relevant. Thank you for supporting us with a tool aimed at fostering digital-savvy global citizens. In this exercise (shown) we ask students how Misty Copeland’s story inspirational to anyone pursuing an improbable goal” – Amiee Thurston, Doyle Teacher
“The new classroom rug that I received made such a big impact in our classroom! The other rug I had in there for about 12 years. For being 12 years old it was in pretty good shape but it looked very worn. The children’s eyes lit up when they saw the new rug the EdUCate! Grant bought us! That rug is our home for most of the day and now it feels clean and beautiful!” – Kimberly Sharman, Spreckels Teachers
Spreckels 5th grade class attended BizTown in November 2015. Through donations we are able to make this an annual program for all 5th grade students in the U.C. cluster.
“I wanted to extend my deepest thanks for your support and funding for BizTown for our 5th graders at Spreckels. Our students had the great fortune of attending today. Not only is BizTown a child’s dream come true of getting to live like an adult for a day, but it is a highly valued educational experience that teaches our students about the joy and promise of the future. I cannot thank you enough for this opportunity. Please know that the impact today on all our 5th graders was lifelong. I feel fortunate to be a part of such an amazing community and to be supported by such a generous organization.” – Michel Cazary, Principal – Spreckels Elementary Read More
The microscopes at Standley being used by science department were more than 20 years old, most of them having been broken and repaired from use over time. They were not reliable, and not enough of them worked to be helpful. So the science department asked EdUCate for 36 new microscopes, a full class set, to be shared by all grades. Through a Teacher Grant, EdUCate was able to fully fund all 36 microscopes! Now, all students at Standley will have access to a new high quality device for experimental and investigative learning! “We can always count on EdUCate! to support our science program! The classroom sets of microscopes allow us to provide our students with authentic and rigorous scientific experiences. There’s nothing better than seeing students’ faces light up as they explore the world of microorganisms, sometimes for the first time.” – Lori Pina, Standley Middle School
Ms. Thurston applied for an EdUCate grant to purchase a large classroom rug for her 3rd grade class. “We want to thank you for your generous donation of a classroom rug to our classroom at Doyle Elementary. The rug is a welcomed addition to our learning environment. Students enjoy coming together to engage in the sharing of ideas. The rug brings the learning front and center and has made a positive impact on our community of learners!” – Aimee Thurston, Doyle Elementary.
In Spring of 2014, Kelly Dudley, 5th grade teacher at Doyle Elementary, requested a Teacher Grant for purchase of a JA BizTown curriculum and hands-on field trip. Due to the success of this program we worked with JA BizTown to include a second UC elementary school in their program for the 2014-2015 school year. This academic year, all 5th graders at Doyle and Spreckels will be attending JA BizTown! We hope to have all three elementary schools participating next school year as the program has a wait-list.
“The students walked away learning some amazing and important life-skills. I’m sure that they will always regard their experience at JA BizTown as their first introduction to the ‘real’ working world! Thank you VERY much EdUCate! for funding this awesome educational program and trip for our 5th graders again this year!” – Kelly Dudley, Doyle Elementary. Read more.