SEQUIM – To commemorate two decades of supporting students and educators in local schools – and to help fund more of their projects in the future – the Sequim Education Foundation is hosting a virtual silent auction from April 30 to May 2.
All proceeds will go to the Sequim Education Foundation (SEF) and the organization’s education grants program that helps educators provide creative solutions to the needs of their class.
For a link to the auction, visit sequimeducationfoundation.org or facebook.com/sequimed.
SEF Executive Director Merissa Koller Williams said the organization has weathered the COVID-19 shutdown fairly well and remains committed to helping teachers and students.
âIt’s been a tough year in the sense of instability in the district (and) not really knowing how we can help,â she said.
âOverall, we try to be a mainstay for students and staff,â she said, and that means continuing to fund SEF’s annual teacher grants and scholarships.
âWhat the students and staff really need from us right now is to be there, something they can count on. “
Among others, SEF auction items include:
â¢ One week stay as a lighthouse keeper at New Dungeness Lighthouse.
â¢ A $ 500 gift certificate to the Sanctuary Day Spa.
â¢ Portable pickleball set from Composite Recycling Technology Center.
â¢ Paint and Sip Event with BZ Zabora.
â¢ Eighteen bottles of Wind Rose Cellars wine.
â¢ Guided canoe trip on the Dungeness River with the John Bridge.
â¢ Authentic Latin meal by Anita Benitez.
â¢ Handcrafted flute by Dave Toman.
â¢ Oil change, automotive detailing from Price Ford.
â¢ Overnight stay at John Wayne Marina.
â¢ Four hours of No Job Too Small handyman service.
SEF was founded in 2001 to bridge the financial gap between state funding and the needs of the Sequim School District. The foundation’s goal, officials said, is “to promote local support for education, as strong public schools are essential to a thriving and prosperous community.”
Foundation representatives partner with Sequim School District to identify needs, set goals and measure progress, and partner with parents, interested citizens, civic and religious organizations and businesses in providing opportunities participation as well as funding educational support programs.
The foundation seeks to fund programs and events that promote post-secondary education and career preparation for students.
Since 2001, the SEF Education Grants program has awarded more than $ 168,000 in grants to local educators.
In 2019-2020, SEF funded a music lab at Sequim high school. The goal, noted teacher Joe Sullivan, was to establish the music production lab, complete with music production software, MIDI keyboards, headphones, microphones, audio interfaces, and instruments.
SEF also helped fund the FarmBot program – a robot on a garden box that can be programmed to plant seeds, monitor plant growth, destroy weeds, water plants, and provide frequent crop updates. including notifying users when it is ready for harvest.
The objectives of the project were to promote the integration of computer science and technology in various disciplines, seeking to expose more non-traditional students to the field and to encourage collaboration between students in agricultural sciences, robotics and science. computer science.
The foundation has supported students in other areas of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers by providing travel funds for the Health Occupations Students of America conference, covering the costs to attend the annual national conference for students. students pursuing biomedical careers – a field comprising a range of professions from nursing to disaster preparedness, SEF representatives said.
SEF also supported a program of Greywolf Elementary School staff’s efforts to combine literature and technology, with the goal of improving students’ reading and comprehension skills.
SEF also finances the family reading evening.
For more information, contact the Sequim Education Foundation at sequim [emailÂ protected] or at 360-680-3061.