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 Conard this year:
Chiaw Eei Ng Gibson & Jonathan Gibson Grant: Bits and Bytes Partnership Alison Foley, Lead Teacher & Jackie Corricelli (Conard)
This grant will connect elementary and high school students through a mentorship program focusing on computer science and computer coding. 15 Conard High School students and 15 fourth grade students from Smith Elementary School will meet 6 times during the school year. The 4th grade students will learn Scratch and Pencil code coding, different ways to program, and discover the many science, technology and math options they can anticipate learning about in their high school years. The high school students from the computer science club will experience being a mentor to younger students and execute lessons.
Dr. Scott & Cyndi Brown Family Grant: Conflict, Crisis, and Creativity: Mohamad Hafez Brigid Kennedy, Lead Teacher & Robert Loebell (Hall), Rachael Martinelli (Hall), Elise Dunphe (Hall)
Artist and architect, Mohamad Hafez will present his personal experiences, as a Syrian immigrant to the United States with refugee relatives in Sweden, with high school students at both Conard and Hall High Schools. Hafez began making art when the war started six years ago and his powerful pieces communicate the human cost of war and his personal anguish regarding the destruction of his native land. His presentation will address the differences and commonalities between world cultures while revealing the consequences of war. The artist will conduct a lecture and hands-on workshop at each high school and then return to discuss original work created by the students through the workshop process. Students will be encouraged to discover and develop creative connections between conflict in their own experience on both a personal and community level.
Goldbeck Family Grant: Human Adult and Fetal Skeleton for Instruction in the Life Sciences Bonnie Mayer, Lead Teacher
A skeletal model immediately grabs a student’s attention and triggers excitement about the study of anatomy and the complex systems of the human form. With the purchase of both an adult and fetal size skeletons, general, honors, and AP biology students at Conard High School will understand the human form through the skeleton as a teaching tool beyond simply viewing images from text books or digital academic materials. The skeletons will be a tool for lab exercises for multiple units related to anatomy, the skeletal and the muscular systems throughout the entire academic year. By the incorporation of both the fetal and full-size skeletons into the academic experience, students will have a very direct and powerful visual understanding of the development of the human form over time.
State Farm Insurance Agent Mario Russo Grant: eNABLE Prosthetic 3D Printed Hand Challenge Michael Wilkosz, Lead Teacher & Anthony Truss (Conard), Charles McDermott (Conard)
The eNABLE Community is an amazing group of individuals from all over the world who are using 3-D printers to create free 3-D printed hands and arms for those in need of an upper limb assistive device. The eNABLE Prosthetic 3-D Printed Hand Challenge will provide 100 Hall High School students the opportunity to help contribute to this growing base of volunteers by working to evaluate, print and assemble 3-D modeled hands to donate. The intent of this grant is to establish a lasting partnership between West Hartford Public Schools and the eNABLE Community. It will also encourage students to explore the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) subject areas and discover all that these learning concepts have to offer. Beyond classroom exploration, students will have the opportunity to put their own ideas into practice in order to solve real-world problems. Finally, this project will also provide opportunities for students to experience the value of volunteer work first hand and to instill the values of volunteerism.
West Hartford Chamber of Commerce and Westfarms Mall Grant: Maker It So Build and Craft Roszena Haskins, Lead Teacher & Tim Kessler
Conard High School students entering grades 7, 8 and 9 will have a chance to participate in a summer enrichment program. Students will have the opportunity to explore their interests in visual arts, math, science and technology through several activities including operating their own T-Shirt company, construct duct tape projects and build and race rubber band powered cars and airplanes. Students will collaborate to develop creative projects promoting interest in the arts, business and engineering.