Spring Grants Put HEF Over the $3 Million Benchmark in Awards
Undaunted by the current pandemic and the shift to distance learning, Hopkins Public Schools staff and students continue to innovate and generate BIG ideas. Consequently, student growth is the focus of the Hopkins Education Foundation’s (HEF) spring grant cycle, which 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).
Our spring grant cycle includes $19,588 for four individual HEF grants, all awarded virtually to respect physical distancing.
A chapter of Girls Taking Action (GTA) has started at Hopkins High School with the exciting long-term goals of creating a nurturing and supportive community for our young women of color, of fostering a deeper connection between them and their school, and of empowering them to envision the many options in their future beyond high school. Learn more.
Each K-6 classroom will have a colorful ‘feelings check-in’ board. After some initial coaching by teachers, each morning when they arrive at school, students can identify how they are feeling by placing their own special card into an array of pockets that identify a variety of ‘feeling choices’. Again after lunch, students will have this quiet opportunity to express their emotions. Learn more.
Poetry is a creative way for students to express themselves. Through this poetry residency, fourth and fifth grade students will receive guidance from a published poet, and learn to communicate their thoughts and feelings through poetry. By tapping into students’ creativity and introducing them to a new medium, poetry will enhance writing skills as it energizes both students and teachers. Learn more.
As authentic inclusivity and love are key to all Hopkins preschools, the purchase and implementation of Second Step Early Learning Kits will create a consistent framework across Hopkins Public Schools. The implementation of these kits will help build a strong foundation in social emotional development for the approximately 500 children enrolled in all Hopkins Preschool Programs within the six elementary schools as well as The Harley Hopkins Family Center. It will reach students enrolled in Kaleidoscope, Stay and Explore, and Stepping Stones programs. Learn more.