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Sand Point Elementary SEL Program “Hear Our Voices” Wins $20,000 Grant Award

We are very excited and proud to announce that the 2018 Symetra MVP Grant has been awarded to Sand Point Elementary to fund the Hear Our Voices program!

“Symetra is proud to act as a catalyst for innovative programs that benefit our local schools. ‘Hear Our Voices’ is a creative concept that will help build academic skills and build bridges between students”
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Remember back in November when our Zoe Manzo was recognized as a Symetra Hero in the Classroom? She had been nominated by former students’ families. She received a surprise visit from the Seahawks and Symetra at an all school assembly, was on the field for a Seahawks game AND our school received $2000? Well guess what? There’s more!

The sixteen 2018 Symetra “Heroes” have the opportunity to apply for a $20k “MVP Award” education grant. Nominated programs are evaluated on a range of criteria, including innovation, feasibility and demonstrated need. This past Friday, April 19, we found out that we won!! Zoe, Bryan, and Sand Point!

You may have also seen the ad Symetra took out in the sports section of the Seattle Times on Friday. Dig it out of your recycling if you missed it

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Sand Point Elementary SEL Program “Hear Our Voices” Wins $20,000 Grant Award.

We are very excited and proud to announce that the 2018 Symetra MVP Grant has been awarded to Sand Point Elementary to fund the Hear Our Voices program!

Hear Our Voices was a shared vision between the husband and wife duo, Bryan and Zoe Manzo, to connect Social Emotional Learning, writing, technology, and college and career readiness skills. Fourth and fifth grade students will use these skills to publish their stories in a podcast form.

“Bryan has been working tirelessly for the past four years to create a comprehensive counseling program,” says Zoe, fourth and fifth grade teacher.

“As a team we’ve been working hard to create systems that support the Social Emotional Learning of all our students. The systems are in place this year. Now, thanks to the tremendous generosity of Symetra, we can fund the technology and see this vision come to fruition,” says Bryan, school counselor.

Hear Our Voices will be found at https://www.whytheface.org/podcast . Look for Episode 1 coming this September!

Sand Point was eligible to apply for this grant because Zoe was one of the Symetra Heroes in the Classroom Recipients this year. The MVP is awarded to a school that presents a program that demonstrates high quality learning for students. The competition this year was so intense the Symetra Committee needed to include a second round of follow-up questions in order to select a winner.

>Congratulations to Zoe and Bryan and Sand Point Elementary!

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