HARVARD -- The Harvard Schools Trust is pleased to announce that at its last meeting of the school year, held June 11, the nonprofit group reported the funding of 18 grants for Harvard Public Schools , totaling over $42,000 in educational enrichment opportunities.
In our 25th year of supporting Harvard's treasured schools, we were able to fund so many important programs for our students and staff," said Terry Symula, co-president, Harvard Schools Trust. "This success would not be possible without the support from our loyal members."
The trust has a membership of 300 parents and community members whose donations go directly toward funding educational enrichment programs in the schools.
The Harvard Schools Trust awarded the following 18 educational enrichment grants to support the curriculum at Hildreth Elementary School and Bromfield School:
1. Model United Nations Conference in Genoa Italy.
2. "Layered Earth" Geology Curriculum -- interactive software for middle-school science classes.
3. Trip to France for Bromfield French students.
4. Model United Nations Conference at Harvard University.
5. "The Yellow Dress" dramatic presentation on dating violence.
6. Scholarships for annual ninth-grade trip to Washington, D.C.
7. Equipment for new Wellness/Self-Defense Class for high school females.
8. Stage Lighting Upgrade for Cronin Auditorium (where school drama and musical performances are held).
9. Drama Society Honorarium -- support for the Bromfield Drama Society for its performance at the 2015 Dinner-Theater Gala hosted by HST.
Hildreth Elementary School
10. Spark PE Curriculum -- K-5 Physical Education curriculum aids.
11. Astronomy Star Party -- equipment for an evening studying the stars and sky for third-grade science students.
12. Houses in Literature -- hands-on multidisciplinary project for first- and second-grades.
13. Yoga Equipment -- drop-in yoga class for teachers and staff.
14. Everyone is An Engineer Day -- supplies for a celebration of science and engineering for entire elementary school.
15. Scholarships for Grade 3 field trip to Boston to study architecture.
16. Civil War Living History Exhibit -- Volunteer Infantry re-enactors will stage a Civil War Encampment on the Harvard Town Common.
17. "In Our Family" Photo-Text Exhibit -- a favorite exhibit of primary and secondary schools that explores the diversity of nontraditional family structure
18. Grief Support Training -- staff training for grief support groups for students
"Once again, please extend our sincere appreciation to the Harvard Schools Trust grants committee, said Joe Connelly, superintendent, Harvard Public Schools. "Their ongoing financial support of our teachers' student centered initiatives is what makes them possible."
Long-standing member Edie Hettinger has supported the Harvard Schools Trust for the past 15 years because she believes it's a good opportunity for the community-at-large to support the schools. "A significant part of the success of Harvard's schools is the close relationship and collaboration between our community and its schools," said Hettinger. "The community takes a very active role in educating our children."
The Harvard Schools Trust holds its annual membership drive at the start of each school year with a town-wide mailing to Harvard, Still River and Devens. School/community members who prefer to sign up online may do so at any time of year at: http://harvardschoolstrust.org/Membership.aspx
The next annual meeting of the Harvard Schools Trust, which is open to the general public, will be held on Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. at The Bromfield School library. This meeting will offer an opportunity for the community to learn more about the Harvard Schools Trust, and hear the guest speaker, Sue Frederich, the new principal of Hildreth Elementary School.
In addition to the annual public meeting, the board of directors meets on the second Wednesday of each month during the school year to review grant applications from teachers. Beginning in December 2014, the trust will move its board meeting to the second Tuesday of each month.
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