Spring Grants Awarded

Urban orchard grants spring 2019

HEF’s mission continues! Five wonderful grants were recently awarded and we look forward to seeing them implemented in the very near future. Find out all of the details HERE. Rest assured, you’ll receive updates through our emails. If you aren’t on our email list, sign up here. Each spring and fall, HEF’s Grants Committee carefully assesses the submissions received from inspired Hopkins staff (and students – check out The Awesome Fund). Watch for announcements of the awards every November and May. Learn more about the 440+ grants here (by school, by curriculum area, or by year).

Hopkins Public School Staff: Check out the procedures and deadlines to submit your grant(s) – don’t miss the next deadline, and good luck!


JOIN US: Saturday, September 7th

Tickets are now available for HEF’s 7th annual Rock-n-Royal back-to-school event. Expect a rousing good time, as always! Check out GREAT PHOTOS from last year’s event here. You’re guaranteed (well, maybe not exactly guaranteed) beautiful weather, dancing in the streets to live music from LIVE WIRE (sponsored by JCI Hopkins), delicious food for purchase from Nachos, and beverages for purchase from Thirty Bales. Lucky winners will go home with gift cards from local businesses. The block in front of Hopkins Center for the Arts will be full of HEF supporters, all coming together to kick off the school year, reconnect with old friends, and celebrate our community. Be sure to join us September 7th, 2019 – register HERE for $10 ($12 cash at the door).  More details HERE! 


Water Bottles were an Earth-Friendly ‘Thank You’ to Staff

Spring Gratitude Gifts ended the year on a high note for Hopkins Public Schools teachers, coaches, counselors, and support staff. Many HEF supporters made a $25 minimum tax-deductible donation to HEF in a staff member’s name, and they each received a hand-delivered personal message along with this 24-oz ‘Hopkins blue’ BPA-free Titan(TM) water bottle. The ‘thank you’s’ delivered many, many smiles, as did the handy water bottles!

HEF offers the Gratitude Gift campaign every Fall (delivered before Winter Break), and every Spring (delivered just before the end of the school year).

Special Appeal 2018-2020

2018 Special AppealThis important initiative to support the WHOLE student is well underway, all across Hopkins Public Schools. You’ll continue to receive periodic updates in our emails. Thank you to our wonderful community who donated $108,000 at Royal Bash 2019! This work will continue and expand, reaching students where they are today – and assisting them to reach their full potential. Join HEF’s Special Appeal in support of our school district in this effort. Whether or not you attended the February 23rd Royal Bash, you may donate here any time, know you are making a difference. Learn more. Take a minute to watch some inspiring videos: Royal Bash 2019, Special Appeal 2018, and This is Real.

Royal Family Fun Day was a Big Hit!

Families from all over our community came together on Sunday April 28th for an UNPLUGGED afternoon at InnerActive, the super-fun play space in Minnetonka. Children had a wonderful time on the jumping pillow, climbing wall, turf field, full size basketball court, and giant building blocks. Younger siblings enjoyed the unique toddler space. Snacks and beverages were available from HEF to help re-fortify hungry attendees after all of the energy they expended.

Special Treat: Musical Instrument ‘Petting Zoo’! Bach to Rock from Plymouth provided a variety of different musical instruments for families to try, including guitar, bass guitar, piano, hand drums, xylophone, didgeridoo, and various shakers/rhythmic instruments. Much merry music was made and the guitars were very popular. Learn more about Bach to Rock here.

Thank you all for coming! Watch for the next Royal Family Fun Day in spring 2020!!


$310,000 Raised for Hopkins Public Schools Students!

Royal Bash 2019 was a RECORD BREAKER! Thank you to all who attended, volunteered, sponsored, and donated!

Check out photos HERE. The fabulous evening was full of excitement: wonderful performances from Hopkins High School’s a capella choirs Geoff & Midori; Presenter Leanne Kampfe, Principal of West Junior High; an entertaining Plinko Game; a fun photo booth; exciting Live and Cake Auctions; and an amazing show of paddles included $108,000 specifically for Student Wellness=Student Success, HEF’s Special Appeal. 

Thank you to our Generous Sponsors!

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