HEF’s Mission Continues – Passes $3 Million Benchmark

Undaunted by the current pandemic and the shift to distance learning, Hopkins staff and students continue to innovate and generate BIG ideas. Virtual grant presentations were made for $19,588 to four staff grants HERE (in addition to the $3,184 presented to student clubs through The Awesome Fund grants earlier this spring).

Student growth is the focus of this grant cycle, which also includes a $50,000 COVID-19 inspired boost to HEF’s Pathways to a Healthy Future, the HEF district-wide initiative in support of the whole student (more HERE).

Students Are Awesome

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HEF recently awarded $3,184 for four HEF Awesome Fund grants to student clubs. Thanks to innovative students they are currently in various stages of planning and implementation, in spite of distance learning. Green Halls is busy purchasing supplies and growing the plants they will use to beautify and enlighten HHS. Tamp Action will provide menstrual supplies at HHS when school resumes, and in the meantime, continues to prepare for presentations to both junior highs regarding period stigma. Kendama Club members are practicing their game as they work to schedule an inspirational speaker to share with fellow students their on-point message of transforming adversity into growth. Although Gender and Sexuality Alliance had to cancel the spring Qrom (Queer Prom), they look forward to creating future empowering events for teens from across Minnesota. More on the Awesome Fund HERE.

We hope you are well!

A few quick updates from HEF:

Royal Family Fun Day has been cancelled – look for this fun event to return next spring 2021. 

Spring Gratitude Gifts have been cancelled – look for this campaign again next fall. In the mean time, maybe take a moment to thank your favorite staff members with a quick email.

Mark your calendar for Rock-n-Royal, Saturday, September 12. We’re betting that we’ll all be more than ready to gather at HEF’s annual Block Party.


Save the Date – Sat, Sept 12, 2020

HEF’s 7th annual Rock-n-Royal back-to-school event was a rousing success, with more than 420 attendees. Check out GREAT PHOTOS HERE. If you missed this epic block party featuring guaranteed (well, maybe not exactly guaranteed) beautiful weather, dancing in the streets to live music, delicious food and beverages, make sure to join us this year, when ‘social distancing’ will hopefully be behind us. The block in front of Hopkins Center for the Arts will again be full of HEF supporters, all coming together to kick off the school year, reconnect with old friends, and celebrate our community. More details coming this summer.

$301,600 Raised at Royal Bash 2020!!

Check out photos HERE ! Thank you to our generous sponsors for their invaluable support!

THANK YOU to all who attended Royal Bash 2020! Great Ideas DO INDEED Blossom Here! In addition to funding grant requests for 2020/21, your generosity (along with committed corporate matches) fully funds HEF’s Special Appeal ‘Pathways to a Healthy Future’ , building on HEF’s recent student wellness focus.

Pathways to a Healthy Future

WATCH this terrific video about HEF’s 2020-2022 Special Appeal, ‘Pathways to a Healthy Future’ and LEARN MORE HERE

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