Music teachers Ms. Schmitt and Mr. Kibbler discuss the addition of Orff instruments to their classrooms at Crosby Elementary School. The purchase of the instruments was made possible through a grant from the Harvard Community Education Foundation. The teaching combines music, movement, drama, and speech that are similar to children’s play.
Harvard students will have expanded learning opportunities next year, thanks to recent grants awarded to teachers by the Harvard Community Education Foundation.
Musical instruments, multicultural art curriculum, yoga for elementary students, ladybug houses, makerspace projects, trips to museums, and equine therapy were all education projects given funding this week by the HCEF.
Over the past five years, the HCEF has given more than $275,000 in grants to the District 50’s educators. The HCEF offers Mini-Grants for projects under $1,500, and Mega-Grants for ideas requiring funds more than $1,500.
Two Mega-Grants went to Crosby Elementary School. Counselor Diana Borges and occupational therapist Pat Grosso received funding for the development of eight calming areas/quiet zones within classrooms at the elementary. “Children are only able to learn when they feel safe and secure,” Grosso said. The quiet zones will use environmental, multi-sensory-based strategies, and educational/therapeutic approaches designed to calm children.
Crosby music teachers Spencer Kibbler and Juan Osorio received a grant to purchase percussion instruments for use in conjunction with music-teaching approaches called Orff Schulwerk and Kodaly. The teaching combines music, movement, drama, and speech that are similar to children’s play.
Principal Kristen Cannon said that all of the grants awarded to Crosby provide unique opportunities for students to grow academically and socially. “We are thankful to the HCEF for their generosity and dedication to helping us meet the needs of our students at Crosby,” Cannon said.
Harvard High School art teacher Rosemary Palczynski will use her Mega-Grant to purchase cameras and printers to add a digital photography course to the high school. Washington School teacher Sonia Alvarez received a Mini-Grant for authentic Spanish language texts.
“Our mission is to encourage the Harvard community to support quality education of its children by enriching and expanding learning opportunities,” Dr. Tim Chrapkiewicz, the HCEF’s board president, said.
View the complete list of grant awards:
On Tuesday, Harvard Walmart’s store manager Grant Sjoberg and health and beauty department manager Beth Perez visited Harvard High School to announce the award of a $2000 grant to the business INCubatoredu program.
INCubatoredu instructor Erin Harris applied for the Walmart Community Grant in late December with the assistance of Sjoberg.
“A portion of the grant money from Walmart will be used by students to purchase materials needed to create product prototypes,” Harris said. “The prototypes will be unveiled to our INCubatoredu board of directors during minimum viable product pitches scheduled for March 1.”
Awarded grants range from $250 to $5,000. Harris was thrilled for her class to be selected. “The grant offsets any financial burden our young entrepreneurs may face while creating their products and allows the students to be creative with different materials and concepts. Many of the materials the students need to create their prototypes can be purchased at the local store or through www.walmart.com,” Harris said. “Harvard High School appreciates the financial support of the Walmart corporation and the continued support from Grant Sjoberg, Beth Perez, and their staff.”
INCubatoredu offers students an entrepreneurship experience and empowers them to develop business plans with the guidance of local business leaders. Under the direction of Harris, the curriculum teaches students the lean startup business model.
The Harvard Community Education Foundation hosts their 22nd Annual Black & Gold Ball.
Help raise funds to support District 50! Feast on fine food, bid on items in the silent and live auction, enjoy live music and dance the night away. Tons of items to bid on in the silent and live auctions! The Black & Gold Ball is always a fantastic night out for a great cause!
The Ball will take place Saturday, November 3rd, 2018 at the beautiful Abbey Resort and Spa located in Fontana, Wisconsin. Cocktails and appetizers start at 5:00 PM, dinner, auctions, and dancing to follow. Book a room at our discounted rate of $99 and stay the night! Call the Abbey at (800) 709-1323 then press 2 to book a room.
Support our community’s children and have a great time!
Tickets can be purchased online: $75.00 each. Reservation deadline is October 10th.
Please note this is an adult only affair.
Saturday, November 3, 2018
The 22nd Annual Black and Gold Ball
The Abbey Resort & Spa
269 Fontana Blvd
Fontana, Wisconsin 53125
Harvard High School students will have a new opportunity to learn about entrepreneurship and develop business plans and connections through a new program at the school. Harvard’s Chamber of Commerce Director Crystal Musgrove will help lead the INCubatoredu program, along with teacher Erin Harris. Musgrove will help cultivate business connections for the program.
“I am excited to be the community champion for the incubator,” Musgrove said. “I look forward to representing the Chamber of Commerce as well as the business leaders in promoting a great program for our kids.”
The incubator program will offer students an entrepreneurship experience and allow them to develop business plans under the guidance of local business leaders. Curriculum will teach students the lean startup business model and help develop soft skills. The goal is to create a product that can be invested in and produced. Student teams will create prototypes and pitch their ideas to investors as part of the course.
“The students will be learning by doing,” Harris said. “I am excited to teach INCubatoredu at the high school.”
The program will launch in the upcoming school year. Private donors have helped fund the creation of an incubator classroom and new equipment. The Harvard Community Education Foundation recently awarded the district a $30,000 grant to help pay for the program.
The district is thrilled to be partnering with the Crystal Musgrove and the Harvard Chamber of Commerce.
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