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SEF Awards Frank Sherman Grants

SKYCamp Archery Congratulations to the three winners of this year's Frank Sherman grants! The Springfield Education Foundation recently awarded nearly $2500 for district projects disbursed through an endowment created in honor of former Springfield educator Frank Sherman.

Two Rivers-Dos Ríos 5th-grade teacher Connie Opsal received $1000 for funding for 78 5th-graders to visit SKYCamp in May. The 3-day field trip will focus heavily on science activities, including a hike led by a USDF wildlife biologist, watershed mapping with a UO professor, star gazing with the Eugene Astronomical Society, a first-aid class, a hydro energy activity, and engineering activities led by Pacific University and UO teacher candidates, along with health and PE activities such as archery.

Hamlin Middle School PE teacher Trena Jayne received $843 for the cost of healthy and wholesome hot meals for the school’s SKYCamp field trip in June featuring activities led by the Whole Earth Nature School. Students will assist parent volunteers with the meal preparation.

Guy Lee Elementary 4th-grade teacher Heidi VanBrunt received $586 for equipment to supplement existing older equipment and to increase student engagement during PE classes, such as sound equipment to play music, an Omnikin ball and a set of soft throwing and rolling balls.

Funds are distributed annually by SEF for projects pertaining to physical education, health, outdoor education or use of the district-managed SKYCamp facility near Fall Creek.