SKSR awards grants to local educators

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Each fall Sno-King School Retirees, an organization composed of retired and active employees of the Edmonds, Northshore, and Shoreline School Districts, offers grants of up to $300 to its active members for special projects that enrich their students’ educational experience (e.g., field trips, guest speakers, materials for integrated units of study) or for materials/equipment to augment their students’ learning (e.g., noise-cancelling headphones). 

Since the grant program was started in 1998, SKSR has awarded over $104,000 to its active members in these districts.

Because of continuing social distancing restrictions, this year’s applications could not be for field trips or in-person presentations.

This year’s SKSR funded a total of $6,392 to the following grants:


Cedar Way Elementary
  • Michelle McShane: Materials which will allow kindergarteners to practice fine motor skills and eye-hand coordination as well as social skills while working on math objectives. (kindergarten)
  • Kristi Pihl: Animal non-fiction books to engage struggling readers, enrich their science curriculum, and serve as non-fiction writing models. (1st grade)
Edmonds Heights K-12
  • Erin Zackey: Materials for “Art in Science” which combines science, writing, and art for students in first to sixth grade. (science, art, writing)
Hilltop Elementary
  • Sarah Allsop-Fine: Three sets of recommended high interest/low reading level fiction and non-fiction titles to develop an interest in reading. (5th grade)
  • Matt Grover: Multiple copies of three historical fiction titles written at different reading levels for Historical Fiction Clubs. (4th grade)
Lynndale Elementary
  • Catherine Feller: A bass and humidifiers for fifth and sixth grade students. (music)
  • Clarence Korf: Thirty-seven dyslexic-friendly books that will provide a wider range of reading material for students struggling with literacy acquisition. (library)

Canyon Creek Elementary
  • Annie Hall: Materials for a classroom Makerspace with the goals of strengthening problem solving and critical thinking skills as well as building persistence and enhancing collaborative work. (4th grade)

Briarcrest Elementary
  • Cindy Ebisu: A class set of good quality headphones for use in a variety of classroom activities, especially literacy. (3rd grade)
  • Amy Pitts: A license for class access to IXL, a math program. (2nd grade)
Brookside Elementary
  • Sarita Benson: Two zoom presentations by author Will Taylor: one on the elements of story writing and another on the writing process. (4th grade)
Echo Lake Elementary
  • Jean Bolivar: Copies of books nominated for WA Library Awards to increase the school’s participation in choosing the winners. (library)
  • Shari Bronsther: Books to stock the school’s book vending machine in support of the schools PBIS system. (4th grade)
  • Kathryn Pihl: Books for beginning word readers. (1st grade)
  • Joe Wack: Books that feature characters that reflect the diversity in his classroom. (2nd grade)
Parkwood Elementary
  • Bethany Ibach: Materials to create Math Toolkits which support practicing math through games and activities. (1st grade)
Ridgecrest Elementary
  • Joanna Freeman: To expand the school library’s collection of books that encourage and support primary readers reading on their own. (library)
  • Monica Holdridge: Chapter books to use with reading intervention groups. (Title/LAP)
Syre Elementary
  • Jennifer Altena: Library books which offer independent reader choice for K-5 students. (library)
  • Katie Dawdy: Non-fiction to use as models in the Being a Writer curriculum. (3rd grade)
  • Amy Pleasant: Biographies highlighting the accomplishments of women and people of color. (3rd grade)
  • Marybeth Scherf: Biographies highlighting the accomplishments of women and people of color. (3rd grade)
Because of COVID-19 constraints, SKSR is not able to recognize these educators at in-person staff meetings; however, some of the schools are graciously inviting SKSR into their zoom meetings.

SKSR is proud to recognize the efforts of its active colleagues by providing these additional resources.

--Karen McElliott


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