San Juan Teachers Receive Learning Grants
San Juan Education Foundation Awards Grants for Science, Technology and the Arts

November 8, 2010 - Fourteen innovative teachers from throughout the San Juan Unified School District have been awarded grants from the San Juan Education Foundation (SJEF) to help fund innovative programs in science, technology and the arts.

SJEF, an independent, non-profit community organization formed as a link between the community and schools in the San Juan Unified School District, awarded grants totaling $25,000 to continue its ongoing grant program to support teacher-initiated classroom programs that creatively challenge San Juan students and nurture their desire to learn.

Some of the projects that will benefit from the grants include “Digging Up the Past” at Del Paso Manor Elementary with sixth graders working in teams in a simulated archaeological dig; a collaborative effort with Lichen K-8 and Discovery Museum that coordinates classroom activities with a simulated space mission for immersion in cutting-edge science and technology; a project at Northridge Elementary that challenges students to research, plan, prepare, plant and maintain a school garden with support from community partners; a project at Oakview Elementary that develops awareness and empathy for the different social needs of all students using arts, science and technology; a project at Sylvan Middle to research colleges & create video podcasts to be shared with students district-wide; and a comprehensive, student-led field study at Mira Loma focused on eradicating invasive species, restoring the natural habitat of the creek and educating the public about our local urban riparian ecosystem.

“California’s budget problems have seriously impacted the ability of our schools to continue important academic program, and we believe it is critically important to do everything we can as members of the Sacramento community to enrich the classroom experience and offer support to teachers who want to use their creativity and innovation to challenge their students,” said SJEF Board Chair Charlene Mattison.

The Foundation’s Board is comprised of community, business and education leaders, who bring professional expertise, knowledge of community resources and the creativity necessary for a fresh approach to helping teachers help their students to thrive.

For more information about how to apply for grants and about the San Juan Education Foundation, please visit