Education Grants Succulent Garden

Local Teachers Use Grants to Spark Critical Thinking

December 30, 2019
by Team SESLOC

Critical thinking is an essential skill for success, and educators are finding creative ways to introduce it into their classrooms.

Here’s how three teachers used SESLOC Education Grants to spark critical thinking:

Santa Lucia Middle School students created a succulent garden to beautify their environment. Teacher Suzaette Morrow at the Cambria based school developed the lesson, with a little help from SESLOC, to tie art into a lesson on environmental science.

San Luis Obispo and Atascadero High Schools had the opportunity to meet and learn from author Elizabeth L. Cline thanks to a grant. Teacher Jane Hawley invited the author to discuss her books on sustainable fashion to encourage young people to make global changes with their purchases.

Tunnell Elementary School students in Santa Maria were introduced to a fun way to practice mathematical thinking and computational fluency. Teacher Francine Fridich used the funds from her grant to introduce Tenzi Dice Sets into the classroom, a game where you roll the dice as fast as possible in an attempt to get them all on the same number.

Thank you to Suzette, Jane, and Francine for your commitment to classroom learning!

With our roots as a credit union for San Luis Obispo county educators, SESLOC has a strong commitment to education — and we support classroom learning, creativity and innovation through our Education Grants program.

Pre-K through 12th grade teachers and directors of enrichment programs at accredited schools within San Luis Obispo and Northern Santa Barbara Counties are invited to apply for grants up to $500 to fund special projects and expand classroom resources. We awarded $20,000 in Education Grants during the 2018-2019 school year.

SESLOC supports our community. Help us support local schools by sharing the grant application with Central Coast teachers or applying today.


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