San Luis Rey Elementary (SLR) in partnership with California State University San Marcos was presented with a $2,000 grant to purchase more equipment for its STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and math) makerspace to support creativity and enhance learning in these subject areas.

The funding came through Cal Coast Cares Foundation, which was started by Cal Coast Credit Union to provide scholarships and grants for education.

“It’s just so important to take these programs and continue to give back to schools, and teachers, and educators like Dr. Wood,” Cal Coast Branch Manager Christi Mortlock said.

SLR’s makerspace has grown with the help of Christiane Wood, assistant professor of literacy education at Cal State San Marcos. As part of the CSUSM Distinguished Teacher in Residence Program (DTiR), Wood helps kindergarten through first grade teachers at SLR combine STEAM concepts with teaching literacy.

Credit union and university representatives surprised kindergarten classrooms on Oct. 16 with news of the grant and the new supplies students will be receiving. Students in the classes talked about what STEAM means to them, and how they explore creativity within makerspaces.

Wood said with this new grant, the school will be able to invest in new robots, coding puzzles and games, the new benchmark curriculum and other resources for its makerspace.

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