In September, the Highland Park Educational Foundation announced a new Mini Grant program for teachers. The purpose of this program is to offer grants up to $300 to help with on-line or in person instruction in a quick, efficient way. HPEF came up with a streamlined system that eliminates several steps in the usual granting process. Applications are forwarded from the superintendent directly to the Foundation, where a decision is made in three days and teachers are notified. They then order the needed supplies, forward the receipts to HPEF and a check is issued in short order.
As of mid-November, more than 16 grants applications have been received and funded, from teachers at Bartle, Irving and the High School. Five applicants needed Document Cameras, which can be used remotely and in the classroom. Some included new ways for the younger students to safely store their personal items since sharing may not be safe, supplies like markers, crayons, scissors, etc. One teacher wants books for her at home students who have trouble reading from the screen; these will be delivered directly to them. Many requests were from teachers of special needs students. One teacher purchased clay, construction paper and other materials for her students who learn best with a multi-sensory approach. Another will take on on-line course in teaching using environmental experiences.
HPEF chair Lisa Berlin said “We are so pleased at the great response from the staff to this new program in so short a time. We are open to continuing the program in the new year if the need continues.”
The Highland Park Educational Foundation (HPEF) is a non-profit organization that supports innovative programs and projects developed by our town’s public school staff. Through our fundraising efforts and community involvement, we are able to support activities that enhance student learning and achievement and that promote the social and emotional development of our students in the Highland Park public schools. We believe that vibrant and creative schools are essential to building strong communities.
The monies raised by HPEF are used to fund valuable programs and activities not covered by the annual school budget. Due to the ongoing financial challenges the district faces, HPEF plays an increasingly important role in our schools. It is with your help that HPEF can make a difference in the lives of our public school children! Please take a moment to view our website, check us out on Facebook, or directly contact one of the Trustees with any questions.
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