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 a 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: