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 Morley School this year:
Binkhorst Family Grant: Break out of the Box with Breakout EDU Brenda Smith, Lead Teacher & Jennifer Slifer,
Elyse Post-Perez Breakout EDU is a puzzle system where students use inquiry, thinking and teamwork in order to solve puzzles and open a locked box. 160 third, fourth and fifth grade students from Morley Elementary School will have access to 5 Breakout EDU kits which are modeled after the adult “breakout rooms.” These student-inspired puzzle kits require students to answer clues based on school subjects in order to obtain a code that provides the key to the next puzzle. Breakout EDU is an open-source website, so there are countless puzzles to challenge students.
Frank Webb’s Bath & Lighting Center Grant: Ready, Set, Science! Jennifer La Forte, Lead Teacher & Kim Ashworth, Barbara Flores
The Morley Elementary School first grade team is providing STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education, specifically in the areas of earth science and engineering. The initiative they are integrating for all grade 1 students next year has two parts: The first involves a field trip to the Gengras Planetarium show “Clockwork Skies.” Located within the Children’s Museum in West Hartford, this presentation leads students in an observation of the movements of the sun, moon and planets through a live tour of the night sky. A planetarium astronomist will highlight the repeating sky patterns such as the phases of the moon and constellations of the seasons. The second part involves a visit to our school by Children’s Museum educators for an engineering workshop. The presenters will guide our students to use critical thinking skills while inventing a new machine, using what they know from prior foundational physics lessons on motion, pushes and pulls.Together, both experiences will offer our students a much deeper understanding of these core STEM concepts than we could provide in the classroom alone.
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.