Es Student-led Initiative Grant Awarded to SSIS Elementary Students


resized photoExciting News!  PTA Approves Student-Led Initiative Grant 

When the Roots & Shoots students heard that Jan Latta, an endangered animal author/photographer was interested in coming to SSIS to share her experiences and books about endangered animals, they knew they had to find a way to make this happen!  But they were unsure how to get the funds for her visit.  Connie Anderson, our school librarian told the students that each year the PTA awards a number of grants, including student-led initiatives. PTA grants are intended to enhance the educational experience of SSIS students, build community and enrich school programs.

The next step involved a small group of seven 5th grade Roots & Shoots students;Megan Tran, Judy Chiu, Yoon-Ji Je, Valentina Scampini, Sohyeon Lee , Semin Yun and Ariel Xiao  working together with Mrs. Wilson (Roots & Shoots Leader) and Mr. Sullivan (Math and Science Coordinator) to write the proposal that would provide funds for Jan Latta’s visit to SSIS.

These dedicated students gave up a number of recess times to write this proposal outlining the goals and objectives of Jan’s visit. One key aspect of this proposal was the planning and implementation of Jan’s visit.  They clearly described what they would do to help promote Jan’s visit prior to her visit in February, the steps they’d follow for organizing the assemblies and how they would involve students after her visit in a reflective piece about Jan’s visit.

We are all very excited about Jan Latta’s upcoming visit on Thursday, February 26, 2015.  Students will have a chance to pre-order her books beginning on November 17th.  Look for the order form to come home with your child that week. If you’d like to know more, check out Jan’s website.