12 Days of Success: Day 10

On the tenth Day of Success, you helped support D6, by directing a surprise $75,000 gift to SmartLab implementation!

The Success Foundation received one of the best and most authentic surprises at the OtterCares Foundation 10th Anniversary Celebration on October 17th.  For 10 years, OtterCares has invested in programs that inspire students to become entrepreneurs and philanthropists. The Success Foundation partnered with District 6 to bring SmartLabs to our schools for the first time during the 2019-20 school year.  Currently, two labs are operating at Martinez Elementary and McAuliffe STEM Academy.  The SmartLab project was featured at our annual fundraising breakfast this past March, and several OtterCares staff members were in attendance.  A SmartLab provides an environment where students can explore STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and media arts through applied technology and project-based learning.  SmartLabs contribute to the development of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, information literacy, and adaptability skills.  These skills are needed for success in the modern workplace.  Balancing traditional academics with the development of these skills is one of the biggest challenges facing educators today.  New approaches are needed and SmartLabs provide a fresh approach.  Our goal is to help fund 2-3 SmartLabs per year over the next 4 years.  This grant puts us well on our way to another lab!

The OtterCares Foundation has been very generous with their time, talent, and treasure.  The Success Foundation has been impacted both financially and through StratOp, strategic planning facilitation, that is helping us grow and develop a long-term, sustainable plan.  Nancy Richardson, founder of the OtterCares Foundation, said, “Our greatest impact is never made alone.  We can do really great things alone, but together, collectively, we can move mountains.”  Thank you again to the OtterCares Foundation and to our donors for helping us move mountains for students in District 6!

To donate to our 2019 SmartLab project, click here.

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