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:
The following list is this year's reciepients from Conard High School
Bongiovi Josiah Family Grant: STARS Leadership Program
Corinne Byrne, Lead Teacher & Carol Wilkas
The STARS Leadership Program will target 45 Conard High School students identified as at-risk who struggle with academic, attendance and behavior due to family and personal circumstances. This grant will serve as a follow up to the STARS Pilot program that was created to foster self-confidence, increase motivation, and to engage students in service learning experiences. The ultimate goal of the STARS Leadership Program is to identify an interest, talent or area of specialty for each of the participating 45 students in the alternative high school setting.
Dowd Family Grant: Probeware Technology For Science Inquiry in the Life Sciences
PJ Foley, Lead Teacher
This grant provides funding for a state-of-the-art probeware technology tool capable of collecting sensor data to support hands on, collaborative and inquiry learning for science students in grades 9 through 12 at Conard High School. The Vernier LabQuest 2 wireless device makes it easy for students to collect, analyze and share data in the field and in the classroom for a range of science courses from biology to environmental science. The six Labquest 2 sensor based devices purchased through the grant will be utilized by students in multiple student conducted research assignments including ocean acidification, enzyme activity, cellular respiration, photosynthesis, population dynamics, quality of freshwater environments, soil quality and physiology of the circulatory system.
Liberty NeAd Grant: Enhancing Computer Science Hardware & Programming Education with Raspberry Pi
Michael Wilkosz, Lead Teacher (Hall High School) & Anthony Truss (Conard High School)
Hall High School students will have access to 26 Raspberry Starter Kits, which are a low-cost credit-card sized computer that plugs into a monitor or TV and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. These amazing little devices will enable students enrolled in three different courses to explore computing and learn how to program in cutting edge languages, such as Scratch and Python. The student kits, will be used in tandem with traditional PC hardware, and provide students with enhanced understanding and experimentation with operating systems aside from the traditional Window site. Use of these kits will directly enhance three current computer course offerings, including an advanced computer course being offered for the first time in partnership with Trinity College and another course provided in partnership with Capital Community College. These kits will also allow for expansion of the computer programming curriculum in future years.