HEF-funded projects spark excitement as they offer authentic learning opportunities. Below is a summary of each of the five grants awarded this spring.
Urban Orchard – $2,600 – Meadowbrook 6th Grade – Melissa Elsen, Jessica Heisel, Steve Miller
Plums, Cherries, Golden Raspberries and Pears are the future bounty from Meadowbrook’s new urban orchard, located in a large interior courtyard. Trees and bushes planted this spring will provide curriculum and leadership opportunity for many, many years to come. Read more.
Edible Education: Kitchen a la Cart – $10, 815 – Hopkins Community Education (Preschool – Adult) – Andrea Sjogren, Lisa Walker, Jennifer Kopischke
This portable kitchen will expand the opportunities for fun, experiential learning, including what constitutes healthy food and good nutrition, math and organization skills, as well as following directions (and the sometimes-foul consequences of NOT following them). Kitchen a la Cart will be housed at Eisenhower Community Center and can be pushed right into the classroom. Read more.
Family Connection Nights – $540 – Harley Hopkins Early Childhood Special Education – Jackie Hunke, Lyndsay Hetzel, Joanne Search Johnson
Family Connection Nights, hosted by Harley Hopkins Family Center, aim to connect these parents and caregivers of special needs children in meaningful ways – in a comfortable environment of support and connection with those who can truly understand and share their daily worries and triumphs. Read more.
Smart-Pens Promote Independence – $2,276 – Hopkins High School, North and West Junior Highs Special Education – Rande Peyton, Terri Osland, Adrienna Korsman, Victoria Wilson
This pilot project has the very specific goal of breaking down barriers that keep students from meeting their full potential. Echo Smart-Pens offer students on the Autism spectrum the ability to keep up with the rigor they are capable of – while remaining in the general education classroom. The Smart-Pens record everything the student hears in class, as well as the notes they take, so no information is missed. The student can later listen again to the class discussions and lectures or convert them to a digital format. Read more.
Everyone Making Music Together – $4,914 – Meadowbrook K-2 – Carah Hart, Marie Scholz, Andy Jensen
Xylophones, metallophones, and glockenspiels – these instruments are perfectly tailored to engage budding musicians, specifically in grades K-2, and are completely adjustable for each student. This grant doubles Meadowbrook’s inventory to allow every student in class to play at once rather than in shifts Read more.