Humanities Grants

The humanities are academic disciplines that study human culture – the study of language, literature, history and the social sciences. A strong foundation in the humanities is at the core of a well-educated student. In this ever-changing and increasingly digital age, SEF has supported teacher grants that explore new technologies and curricula that engage students and provide instruction that is relevant and inspiring.

Humanities Grants
Humanities Grants
Humanities Grants
Humanities Grants


Through generous support from over 400 households, foundations and businesses in the Skaneateles community, the following grants have been provided under Humanities For more information on an individual grant, please click on the grant title.

Purpose Farm Community Service and Goat Yoga
Amount funded: $500.00
October 2017
Purpose Farms helps neglected and troubled youth build confidence and positive relationships by working with friendly farm animals. 20 seniors taking SUNY Government (3 credits through University in the HS) will help for a day at the farm, and participate in a session of "goat yoga." They will earn 4 hours of community service toward the 10 hours required by this class.
Famous Artist Broadway Theater Series – Lion King – Third Grade
Amount funded: $500.00
June 2017
The objective of this grant is to provide students the opportunity to engage in Arts in Education. This experience will allow students to be immersed in the African culture. They will see costumes, music, ceremonies, habitats and other aspects of Africa. Additionally, this is an occasion for students to experience a performance that many may never otherwise get the chance to see.
Marion Blumenthal Lazan – Holocaust Survivor, Speaker, Author
Amount funded: $1,100.00
April 2017
Guest Speaker Marion Blumenthal Lazan – Holocaust Survivor, Speaker and author of Four Perfect Pebbles Grades 7-12 on Thursday, May 11, 2017 An outstanding speaker, Marion Blumenthal Lazan has shared her moving first-hand account of the Blumenthal family’s life in Germany, from the events preceding Kristallnacht to imprisonment in concentration camps to liberation in April of 1945, with upwards of one million students and adults. Her Holocaust experiences and messages of respect and tolerance go beyond the facts and inspire audiences around the world. The praise she has received from event hosts is remarkable as she evokes life-changing responses time and time again.
5th Grade trip to “Almost Astronauts” at Auburn Public Theater
Amount funded: $525.00
March 2017
Performance at APT on May 19, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. The play is based on the story of the Mercury 13, a group of American women who underwent some of the same testing as the male astronauts who were selected by NASA and became known as the Mercury 7. Though the women largely passed the first phase of testing with flying colors, ultimately they were not part of NASA’s astronaut program, never flew in space and never had the opportunity to meet as a group. This play shares their story. We are hopeful that this opportunity will encourage our 5th graders, especially our girls, to look at the historical perspective of women in STEM and promote discussion about the role of women in history, especially in the world of engineering and technology.
7th Grade Philadelphia Day Trip
Amount funded: $2,500.00
March 2017
Provides supplemental funding for 7th grade student field trip on Friday, April 28, 2017, to Philadelphia, National Constitution Center, Liberty Bell, Franklin Institute and Rocky Statue.
Digital Textbook Part II
Amount funded: $12,860.00
March 2015
This project is an expansion of a project involving Haiku and digital resources to enrich curriculum. Building on the framework created, the classroom will rely entirely on creation of a custom created digital textbook. This pilot will test the blended learning model and differentiated instruction in all 8th grade social studies classes. Objectives include providing social studies material at three different lexile levels, providing content for both visual and auditory learners, and linking “real world” digital content to US history. The grant will fund curriculum development time and 30 Chromebook computers.
Enterprise America Cross Curricular Experience
Amount funded: $312.00
March 2015
Enterprise America is a 10,000 sq. ft. education facility that features hands-on, real-life experiences for middle school students allowing them to practice decision making, analytics, inquisition and evaluation. The program focuses on financial literacy, entrepreneurship, consumerism and civic literacy. Upon return students will discuss and evaluate job performances and business operations and calculate and chart their survey data. This grant will fund participation by 101 students. SCSD will provide transportation.
Mexican Sugar Skulls: A Culture Tradition
Amount funded: $639.00
November 2014
Sugar Skulls are a traditional folk art from Southern Mexico. In conjunction with the annual 5th Grade Fiesta Day, which is the culminating activity for the Social Studies unit on the history, government and culture of Mexico, the grant would fund a unit to create sugar skulls. This enrichment activity will provide students with the opportunity to experience a unique and rich cultural tradition of Mexico. As part of the project, a photo essay will be created of the step-by-step process and the final products. Within this photo essay, we will include student quotes reflecting the connections and content understandings they gain from the experience.
The Puppet People’s “A Christmas Carol” Performance
Amount funded: $900.00
October 2014
The study of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is part of the 7th grade NYS Common Core Curriculum. Students will gain an additional level of understanding by experiencing the classic piece of literature in a live performance. Students will analyze the extent to which the production stays faithful or departs from the text, evaluating choices made by the performers. This program will provide an opportunity for all students to experience a professional dramatic production. The performance will be conducted in the high school auditorium in December.
Flamenco Ballet
Amount funded: $2,375.00
October 2014
The study of culture is an important unit of any successful foreign language curriculum. Exposing students to rich cultural experience is the basis for this grant. Students will attend two shows: the first demonstrating dances from multiple countries and the second a Spanish Flamenco. SCSD will pay for teacher substitutes and transportation.
Poetry Out Loud
Amount funded: $200.00
February 2014
Event registration for qualifying student to represent the District.
Digital Textbook Creation
Amount funded: $2,890.00
February 2014
The Middle School social studies department worked with the library media specialist to create a digital social studies textbook. In this digital age, it seems natural that students and teachers would want digital textbooks to enable them not only to read pages of descriptive text but to access multimedia, to receive announcements from teachers and learning partners and to create interactive learning experiences. This allows students to have access to textbooks on a tablet either at home or at school.