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Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools Commits $90,000 in Grant Funding

Braeburn first-graders learn how to spin plates through the National Circus Project, funded by a grant from the Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools. Photo credit: Ronni Newton (we-ha.com file photo)

The Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools will provide $90,000 in grant funding for the 2022-2023 school year, in two separate award cycles.

Students engaged in several of many projects implemented this past school year, including a robots program, which fulfill the Foundation’s mission of providing financial support for educational projects, programs, and initiatives that enhance and enliven the classroom experience and promote excellence in West Hartford Public Schools. Courtesy photo

By Ronni Newton

The Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools has already awarded 25 grants for the upcoming school year, and has announced plans to award a total of $90,000 in two separate grant cycles.

The 25 grants awarded in the first cycle total $43,388, and can be implemented as early as September 2022. Three grants of $500 each were also awarded by the Foundation to the Teacher of the Year finalists.

The second grant cycle will end on Nov. 1, 2022, with the awarding of an additional $45,000 in support of “educational projects, programs, and initiatives that enhance and enliven the classroom experience for all West Hartford Public School students,” the Foundation said in a news release.

“Offering two grant cycles allows teachers more flexibility in applying for grants and we are excited to provide this opportunity for the educators in our town for the 2022-2023 school year,” Foundation Co-President Deena Samberg Shefsky said.

The grants awarded thus far are named for donors or businesses that contributed $1,000 or more to the named grant program, or sponsors at the $1,500 level or above.

The grants have been awarded to schools at all levels – elementary, middle, high school, and post-secondary – and include:

  • National Circus Project
  • Storytelling with Robots
  • Biotechnology and the Genome Generation
  • Choral Fest: A Day of Singing as a Community
  • Building Thinking Classrooms with Vertical NonPermanent Surfaces
  • Learning Floats Our Boat!, Mythology – Up Close and In Person!
  • A New England Harvest Tradition for English Learners
  • Making Recreation and Leisure Accessible for All

For more information about a particular grant, as well as to obtain a list of all grants awarded, email [email protected].

The Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools is a 501(c)(3) organization and will be celebrating its 25th anniversary during the upcoming school year. Since its founding, the Foundation has provided nearly $2 million in grants to teachers and schools at all levels.

For more information, visit fwhps.org.

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