Grants in action


Gates School Living Laboratory is a beautiful, functional, and precious wetlands ecosystem at which all ages can visit and learn. Artists are invited to come sketch, writers to write, outdoorsmen to hike, walk, or run, and musicians to perform. Enjoy nature at her best!


Multigenerational Yoga and Mindfulness, an SEF-funded program, offers a fun and healthy way for students of all levels and abilities to connect with themselves and each other. Yogic breathing, stretching, and movement are proven to be powerfully effective in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.


Erdman Preschool “Outdoor Building Area” helps to promote exploration, creativity and teamwork through free play with natural materials. Research supports the many benefits preschoolers gain from close, focused contact with nature.


Scituate 4th graders are learning to play music on stringed instruments thanks to an SEF grant. Beyond the many benefits music education offers children, research shows listening to music affects everyone’s brains in powerful ways.


A significant majority of older adults say they need assistance when it comes to using new digital devices. According to a Pew research report, 77% indicate they would need someone to help walk them through the process. Seniors CONNECT, an SEF-funded initiative, puts technology in the hands of Scituate senior citizens while SHS student mentors help them navigate all its complexities.


The land of Oz(obots) is not so far away! Thanks to an SEF grant, students are learning to code, play, create, and connect the physical and digital worlds using small, smart toy robots that empower gamers and learners.