Spring 2018 Grants

7 Grants range from cutting-edge student health and wellness to giant maps

Award recipients this spring include a unique event celebrating the culture of the indigenous peoples represented in the Hopkins Public Schools community; an after school Latin Dance Club at Hopkins High School – open to North and West Junior Highs students as well; and a start-up grant that expands upon HEF’s ongoing investment in Student Wellness=Student Success.

Since 1995, HEF has awarded 416 grants totaling more than $2.6 million to Hopkins schools. Each grant engages Hopkins Public School students through enriching educational experiences. You can see all of our grants by school, by curriculum area, or by year awarded.

Let’s Learn About Our Amazing Bodies — $4,186 — Preschool and Early Childhood Programs — Ann Aenestad, Kim Groenke, Lucy Lyons, Kathy Willett

Preschoolers are naturally curious about how their bodies work (“Where does my food go when I eat? What are muscles? Why do I have bones?”) and these new hands-on learning materials will provide a fun, exciting way to get those questions answered.  Read more.

Take Charge of How You Feel — $8,280 — North & West Junior Highs — Jane Kleinman, Eileen Egge, Brian Huybrecht

In alignment with HEF’s focus on Student Health=Student Wellness, this start-up grant provides ALL Hopkins Junior High 8th grade students – more than 500 per year – with the self-regulating tools they would typically only be exposed to through mental health professionals or sports psychologists. Read more.

Celebrating Indigenous Stories in Our Community — $1,700 — District Wide — Allegra Smisek

HEF’s grant will assist the American Indian Parent Advisory Committee to host the inaugural ‘Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Fair’ on May 19, 2018. The Fair is focused on the native cultures represented by Hopkins students. Read more.


¡A Bailar! Latin Dance Club — $1,200 — Hopkins High School, North & West Junior High Schools — Tim Owen

Salsa! Merengue! Cumbia! HEF will fund a residency conducted by professional Latin dancers Yeniel Chini Perez and Hanna Kuluvar Esparza. They will teach some of the most popular dances of the Spanish-speaking world in this after school club.  Read more.


Giant Maps: Sitting on Top of the World — $3,175 — K-6 District Wide — Allegra Smisek

Short of viewing Earth from space, National Geographic’s Giant Maps are the most exciting way for students to explore their world in realistic scale to develop a global understanding of its size and scope. This HEF grant will purchase two permanent vinyl maps: a 20’ x 26’ North American map, and a 17’ x 21’ Minnesota map.  Read more.


Experiential Language Learning — $3,900 — Gatewood- K-6 Links to Learning — Kristina Melsen, Stacy MacBlane-Meyer, Abbie Miklos, Erikka Schimelpfenig

Links to Learning, a special education program located at Gatewood Elementary, serves our students with severe cognitive disabilities. This HEF grant provides a library of engaging materials to foster active and enthusiastic learning through hands-on activities, and to provide the repetition needed to enhance core skills and vocabulary. Read more.

Game On! Social Emotional Learning Through Board Games — $1,020 — Glen Lake K-6 — Thomas Reger, Paul Spreitzer, Anne McGraw, Katherine Whitnah

Modeled after the popular Chess Club, the Board Game Club will provide fun, challenging student interaction – no electronics allowed! This HEF grant will stock the club with a wide variety of games, including something sure to interest any student. Read more.

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