The Foundation's mission is to provide financial support for educational projects, programs, and initiatives that will enhance and enliven the classroom experience and promote excellence in West Hartford Public Schools.
The Foundation raises funds from individuals, businesses, and civic groups in the community as well as alumni nationwide. Gifts of $1,000 or more entitle the donor to honor an individual, business or civic group by having the Foundation name a grant. Once a year, certified teachers throughout the school district are invited to apply for grants ranging from $200 to $3,000 for a project that will enhance student experience, complement the curriculum and demonstrate educational merit. A Foundation committee reviews the applications with the teacher's name and school removed. After approval by the Foundation board, awards are presented in late spring of each year.
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Grants Awarded to Morley School this year:
Anthony and Aidan Casarella Grant: Students + Osmo = STEAM + Fun!
Brenda Smith, Lead Teacher & ElysePost-Perez
Kindergarten through 5th grade students at Morley Elementary School will be introduced to osmo kits during weekly computer tech time. The osmo kits give students an opportunity to create and do! The osmo kits can be used in a different part of the curriculum including reading, math, science, engineering, art and computer science. Students will be able to use collaboration to solve problems and think critically and improve hand-eye corridination.
Frankie and Bob Goldfarb Grant: The Candyman Can
Heather Alerte, Lead Teacher
Students from Morley Elementary School will have a shared cultured experience when they attend a matinee performance of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory at The Bushnell Theater. Fifth grade students will read the book which will lay the necessary foundation for understanding the plot in two mediums. In addition to experiencing a live performance and reading the book, students will be asked to create a written piece of work comparing and contrasting the two pieces of work.
Frankie & Bob Goldfarb Grant: Mythology Up Close and In Person!
Suzy Sinatro, Lead Teacher (Whiting Lane), Jen Hall (Morley School)
Jeff Benoit of Arts for Learning Connecticut will perform his one-man show on Greek mythology, “Chariot of the Sun”, for 125 4th graders at Whiting Lane Elementary School. Benoit brings classic tales to life through the use of poetry, masks, and mime. He also intertwines skillful audience participation to create fun-filled theatrical learning experience for all. By watching and participating in the performance, students will deepen their understanding of the components of mythology through proper recall and paraphrasing portions of the presentation to effectively engage in group discussion whereby students will compare and contrast myths referencing the performance and myths read in class. Students will also be the audience at an unforgettable performance.