Students and elected officials gathered together on Santa Clarita Valley International’s (SCVi) campus Monday to celebrate a $5,000 educational grant awarded to the school this fall.
The grant from the Barona Band of Mission Indians is expected to support new tools, equipment and technology in the charter school’s on-campus “Makeries,” or MakerSpaces.
“A Makery at our schools is a MakerSpace and what it does is support the projects the kids do in class,” iLEAD co-founder and CEO Dawn Evenson said. “It adds the technology and equipment that they need to build things and create things.”
This was the first year SCVi applied for the educational grant from the Barona Band of Mission Indians. With help from Assemblyman Dante Acosta’s office, SCVi School Director Lisa Latimer completed an application and wrote a proposal for the grant funding.
To thank Acosta for his support and help in receiving the grant, SCVi held a special flag ceremony for the assemblyman Monday.
“We have regular flag ceremonies at our school and during that time we spotlight differently holidays or events that happen,” Evenson said. “This morning was a big thank you to Dante Acosta’s office and their help for getting this grant.”
The charter school said it is also looking forward to purchasing much-needed items for the school’s Makeries that will support projects like the creation of a tiny house for a homeless veteran and the school’s annual Civil War Living History Day.
“What’s different about the way we do things at iLEAD school and at SCVi is that the Makery is not a separate class… it’s a hub of resources to utilize in every subject and in every class,” iLEAD co-founder and CEO Amber Raskin said. “It’s a place where you go to support your learning. At our school that is generally through equipment, resources and technology.”
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