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.
For more information or to apply for a grant, visit The Foundation's webpage HERE.
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Awarded to Braeburn this year:
Woods Family Grant: Read Around the World Karen Gravel, Lead Teacher & Helena Mansfield
This grant will provide funding to create a library of multicultural children’s literature that celebrates the diverse population at Braeburn Elementary School. Picture books will be purchased in languages such as Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Russian, Finnish, Vietnamese and Mandarin. Family members who speak these native languages will be invited to read to the students and share something from their personal culture. Book jackets of these multicultural titles will be created by the students and displayed in the school hallways to generate interest in these new resources. In addition, each week a new book and language will be introduced to the students during morning announcements and a photo of the book will be displayed on the TV monitor in the main hallway. This library will increase family involvement in the school experience, enhance a sense of self worth in students and achieve educational equity by having the opportunity to teach from a multicultural perspective.