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 Whiting Lane this year:
Books in Many Languages Ryan Cronin, Lead Teacher & Lee Gluck
This grant will provide funding for a bilingual section in the Whiting Lane Elementary School library (preK – grade 5). This section will feature bilingual books (English and another language side-by-side), paired with multilingual books (several copies of the same book each in a different language) and leveled books in languages other than English. This section of the library will serve many functions from improving student learning to engaging parents who speak other languages to promoting greater cultural awareness at the school. Books that specifically address the content of the WHPS curriculum can also be purchased. Teachers (media specialist and ELL teacher) will collaborate to order the books and create a section in the library. This program will foster growth in reading fluency and comprehension, vocabulary growth and development, and parental involvementand and cultural competence.
Dr. James J. Moore Memorial Grant: Cultural Connections Ryan Cronin, Lead Teacher & Maria Genca (Hall)
This grant supports students in grades 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 at Whiting Lane Elementary School and grades in 9, 10, 11, and 12 at Hall High School. This grant will fund the continued work of the Cultural Connections program, which for the past 6 years has paired 15-20 elementary English language learners (ELLs) with 15-20 high school ELLs in a cross-district “buddy” learning partnership. In the past few years the program has focused on promoting access to local cultural attractions, taking students on field trips to places they many not normally go with their families.
West Hartford Education Association Grant: Mythology Speaks to Us! Suzy Sinatro, Lead Teacher & Jen Hall (Morley)
4th graders from Whiting Lane and Morley Elementary Schools will be visited by artist-in-residence guest Jeff Benoit of Arts for Learning Connecticut. Jeffrey Benoit brings classic tales to life through the use of poetry, masks and mime. He also intertwines skillful audience participation to create a fun filled theatrical learning experience for all. The “Chariots of the Sun” program offers a study guide for teachers to review with students prior to the performance to ensure that the audience gets the most out of the performance. Students will read various Greek and Roman myths and discuss the ancient world as presented in each myth. Students will chart the heroes, gods and monsters addressed in each myth. Students will participate in the Chariot of the Sun performance to supplement their knowledge and further their understanding of mythology. This in-residence program will enhance the 4th grade curriculum and will captivate students with the heroes, gods and monsters of Greek mythology.