Grant Opportunities for EHPS Staff
Each year, the East Hartford Alumni Association and Education Foundation provides grants to staff of the East Hartford Public School System to fund new programs and projects that would not be financed by Board of Education resources. The EHAAEF accepts grant applications from any staff member within the East Hartford Public School system. In order to ensure the best use of funds, proposals should: (1) have clear goals and measurable outcomes; (2) be unique and academically sound; (3) have a reasonable and itemized budget; (4) promote collaboration between school, home, and community; and (5) have a broad and far-reaching impact, in both number of students served and longevity within the district.
A full listing of grant recipients is available below.
The deadline for the 2023-2024 school year has passed. Check back in August 2024 for information about the 2024-2025 opportunity.
2023-2024 Grant Recipients
Expand the DJ/Sound Class Learning Opportunities with Professional Lighting Systems
Create opportunity for students to learn how to set up and run professional lighting systems.
Digital Drawing Graphic Tablet
Support students to develop drawing, design, and computer skills in world history class in Greek mythology and medieval Europe curriculum through the use of digital drawing graphic tablets.
Monique Butler, Catherine Horter, Stephanie Hendrickson
3rd Grade Transforms a Beautiful Moment
Expand students’ learning about environmental changes and life cycles through a field trip to Magic Wings, an indoor butterfly conservatory.
The Gift of Time for XC Runners
Strengthen cross-country runners ability to pace themselves and compete with more affluent school districts through use of Garmin running watches.
Pitkin & Langford Elementary
Music is Therapy
Support students in exceptionalities and autism programs through specialized music therapy to strengthen communication and socially appropriate interactions.
Promote access to East Hartford High School events for families through a stronger streaming component on the school’s YouTube channel.
Sunset Ridge Middle
Cardboard Creations with Motorized Functions
Establish a foundation and general understanding of robotics for students through creation of new devices or 3D models with simple, motorized functions.
2022-2023 Grant Recipients
Lighting the News of EHHS
Promote learning of video production, filming, and editing through the creation of a regularly filmed news show featuring all things East Hartford High School.
Raymond Frost & Michael Vaughan
Introducing Electronics to Automotive and Robotics
Teach automotive and robotics students electrical theory and how to build electrical currents, promoting hands-on skills essential to careers in these fields.
Sunset Ridge Middle
A Beluga’s Journey
Support students to simulate of a beluga whale transfer, applying scientific principles to design, construct, and test a device the minimizes thermal energy transfer
Janice May, Thomas Pinnex & David Davies
University of Hartford Field Trip
Encourage art students to explore higher levels of art production through workshops and campus visits to the University of Hartford.
Global & Creative Music Concert Series
Create community performing opportunities for students in the Global and Creative Music programs at East Hartford Middle School and East Hartford High School alongside professional musicians at a concert series put on in partnership with East Hartford Public Library.
Putting for Personal Growth
Promote self-management, patience, self-confidence, and resilience through a “build your own mini golf” unit.
Building a High School Library
Develop the foundations of a high school library that meets the reading level range of all students and represents the multicultural population of the school.
Support the creation of a mindful movement room with sensory seating and tools to allow for engaging movement breaks, mindful breathing, and sensory stimulation.
Library Book Club
Bring together students from all grade levels and reading levels to read and discuss a nonfiction graphic novel to support peer learning of others’ views, opinions, and personal experiences about the book’s themes.
2021-2022 Grant Recipients
Respecting diversity and SEL in the classroom
Create a physical education unit titled “Games Around the World to build cultural acceptance and multicultural awareness while celebrating differences in the class and community.
Scooters for Justice
Promote justice in the gymnasium using scooters to eliminate the gap between students of differing abilities, giving them a more even playing field to access physical activity.
Bringing back sewing
Renew the high school’s after school sewing club to teach the important life skill of sewing and incorporate problem solving, math, and creativity.
One More Step Toward Program Certification
Teach automotive students to properly research repair data using Mitchell1, a program used in the industry, to increase students’ marketability in the automotive field.
Maritza Soto-Gomez & Kristen Wilder
Mindful Fusion Program
Promote mindfulness among students through music using a variety of new musical instruments that echo sounds of nature.
2020-2021 Grant Recipients
Implementing functional digital programs to increase engagement during remote learning
Digital curriculum to build the vocational, independent living, functional academic, and functional communication skills of students with significant special needs, even when learning from home.
Monique Butler &
Coping through a pandemic - making numbers make sense
Provide access to math manipulatives to increase math concepts, skills, and visual representation for all 4th grade students, regardless of if they are in-person learners or remote learners.
Diverse books for all students and teachers
Provide developmentally appropriate books for all classrooms to build capacity of staff to thoughtfully and intentionally address diversity and inclusion in discussion with their students.
Using literature to engage students and teachers in discussions about race
Provide books featuring racially diverse characters to promote student learning that addresses broader topics around race and allows for opportunities for analysis and action.
Capable independence life skills curriculum - live and remote learners
Address functional academic skills and improve targeted life/self-help skills for special needs learners through a digital curriculum.