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.
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Grants Awarded to Webster Hill this year:
Goldbeck Family Grant: Come on, let's code!
Joseph Tavera, Lead Teacher & Caroline Anderson, Virginia L'Etoile
Imagine a place where 375 students from pre-kindergarten through grade five have the opportunity to learn essential skills to be college and career ready. Coding, a twenty-first-century literacy skill, and computer programming go hand in hand. Code tells a computer what to do and is developed by programmers. Providing students with coding experiences and making meaningful connections to the Connecticut Core Standards across content areas will create a clear path for each of our students to achieve success. This grant will allow teachers to purchase four tools to help students code, which go beyond opportunities for programming on websites as is current practice, and implement age-appropriate coding experiences for students at Webster Hill Elementary School. Beyond learning how to create code, students will engage in open-ended problem solving through collaboration, perseverance, attention to precision and patterns. Common experiences for each age range will provide flexibility to tailor coding experiences to each group and child's level. We will assess evolving fluency through artifact-based interviews by having students reflect on problems they encounter and how they came up with solutions.
West Hartford Education Association Grant: Cider and Syrup-Learning how food goes from farm to table
Randi Leopold, Lead Teacher, Martina Cravedi (Smith), Elizabeth Cannone (Charter Oak), Nichola Dustin (Charter Oak), Cindy Barron (Charter Oak)
Pre-K students from all schools will visit Auerfarm in Bloomfield during the fall and apple season and in the late winter during maple sugaring season. The farm-to-table connection will be made and the young students will be able to spend more time outside. This real world experience will be an invaluable lesson in understanding nature and the connection we have with it.