The Harvard Community Education Foundation (HCEF) announced its list of grant awards for the 2018-2019 school year. Each year Harvard Community Unit School District 50 teachers submit grant applications hoping to obtain backing for innovative education projects not covered under traditional school funding. The HCEF offers awards in the form of Mini and Mega-Grants.
This year Mini-Grants provided funding for projects up to $2500. Awarded Mini-Grants included funding for field trips for Jefferson Elementary, guitars for Harvard Junior High, interactive indoor recess tubs for Crosby Elementary, robots for the junior high’s extended curriculum classes, and a ladybug and caterpillar life cycle study for Washington School.
The Mega-Grant program is designed to support larger scale projects. 2018-19 Mega-Grant funding went to a Chicago Shakespeare Theater experience for English students, virtual reality headset technology, and modern computer workstations for Harvard High School’s Art Department. The largest award, in the amount of $30,000, went to Harvard High School’s new incubator program. The funding will be used in conjunction with several other donors to renovate a classroom at the high school for a significant course addition to the business department curriculum called Incubatoredu. The program offers students an entrepreneurship experience and allows students to develop business plans and implement them under the guidance of Harvard’s local business owners and leaders.
Superintendent Dr. Corey Tafoya said, “The importance of the support District 50 teachers receive from the Harvard Community Education Foundation cannot be overstated. These grants not only provide unique experiences that enrich our children’s educational experience, but they provide a source of inspiration for our teachers to innovate and dream big. That inspiration drives the innovation and creativity it will take to reach higher levels of achievement. District 50 is beyond blessed to have the HCEF as partners in supporting education in our community.”
From the HCEF’s website:
Our entire focus is to provide enhanced educational support to the schools of Harvard, IL. The foundation relies on generous donations from citizens and businesses to help support teachers and students alike progress in their educational goals. Each year, the foundation awards scholarships and grants to teachers and classrooms for projects and studies which facilitate additional scholarly and academic opportunities for the students of District 50.
Since 1996, the HCEF has supported Harvard schools. The foundation maintains a growing endowment of over $1 million, allowing for the disbursement of Mini and Mega-Grants each year in perpetuity. Visit the foundation’s website to learn more.
Full List of Awards