The Foundation's mission is to provide financial support for educational projects, programs, and initiatives that will enhance and enliven the classroom experience and promote excellence in West Hartford Public Schools.
The Foundation raises funds from individuals, businesses, and civic groups in the community as well as alumni nationwide. Gifts of $1,000 or more entitle the donor to honor an individual, business or civic group by having the Foundation name a grant. Once a year, certified teachers throughout the school district are invited to apply for grants ranging from $200 to $3,000 for a project that will enhance student experience, complement the curriculum and demonstrate educational merit. A Foundation committee reviews the applications with the teacher's name and school removed. After approval by the Foundation board, awards are presented in late spring of each year.
For more information or to apply for a grant, visit The Foundation's webpage HERE.
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Grants Awarded to Aiken this year:
Leslie and Jason Congdon Grant: Staying Healthy with Hip Hop!
Dan Golden, Lead Teacher
This grant will support bringing Austin Dailey to Aiken Elementary School for a kindergaretent through 5th grade in-residence program. Austin Dailey is spreading an important message about being active and taking care of yourself to our young children of West Hartford. The plan is for Austin Dailey to spend a week in physical education classes teaching hip hop dance while having meaningful conversations with students about eating right, getting sleep, and the importance of self-advocacy regarding health. This project is aligned with the PE curriculum standards and national PE standards.
Macca Plumbing Grant: Makerspace
Cathy Davis, Lead Teacher, Lindsey Mulready
Makerspace is a hands-on, creative way to encourage students to collaborate, design, experiment, build and invent as they deeply engage in science, engineering and tinkering. By funding this grant at Aiken Elementary School, supplies such as LED lights, paints, batteries, Legos, tape and glue will be purchased and added to a dedicated school space where students at all grade levels will be allowed to collaborate and build. Ideas of what to challenge students to create include building river beds and modeling what could happen with land changes or inventing cars that can be moved using magnets only.