Hopkins staff has been busier than ever, but many still found time to dream up creative projects for their students and then apply to HEF for funding. Some of these inspire and engage, some expand horizons, some simply (no, not so simply) make it easier for students to learn or access curriculum. HEF is proud to fund those listed below, for a total this spring of $38,480.90. In addition, HEF’s The Awesome Fund awarded $1,600 to The Technocrats Robotics Club for their well-deserved trip to Houston, Texas to compete in the FIRST World Championships. Congratulations to the team!
Butterflies at WJH — $267 — West Junior High — Lindsey Leseman, Sami Peterson, Lauren Wester
The life cycle of butterflies is engaging 7th grade West Junior High students this spring. The Peterson and Wester Butterfly Project is an enrichment opportunity, part of a bigger project encompassing native plant gardens, climate initiative, composting, and bird observations at WJH. Learn more.
Building Foldable Camp Chairs — $7,844.40 –– Gatewood 4th grade — Tracey Beaverson, James Ikhaml, Keri Strusz
Gatewood Elementary is rapidly becoming a K-5 Outdoor Education School (check out their goats and their greenhouse), and this HEF grant is the perfect complement to their exciting endeavors. These 60 foldable camp chairs, to be built by the 4th grade students next fall, will be used outdoors for many, many years by ALL Gatewood students.
Illuminated Learning — $1,425.73 — Special Education, Occupational Therapy — Malea Becker
Innovation and illumination go hand in hand. Many students learn best visually, so this grant request from Special Education professionals funds innovative tools – portable light boxes and tabletop light boards – to enhance the learning experience for visually impaired children, as well as offering better accessibility to teaching materials for physically impaired students.
Kinesthetic Classroom — $4,085 — Eisenhower Juntos Spanish Immersion 1st Grade — Allyson Wolff
First graders sometimes need to move their bodies while learning and some are simply more productive when they keep moving. This high-level need for movement is not ‘fixed’ by redirection or intermittent breaks for physical activity; in fact, these interventions can be interpreted by young children as negative feedback. Learn more.
Multi Grade Level Choice Novels — $3,000 — North Junior High — Marissa Thayer, Izzi Toso, Kim Busch
Two teachers new to North Junior High are energized to increase the selection of novels for their students to choose from. With this grant, the Language Arts department will purchase about 300 curricular-appropriate novels to engage students across multiple genres, topics, and reading levels, all designed to positively impact student engagement, self-confidence, and growth. Learn more.
Personalized Learning & Virtual Meeting Booths — $13,400 — HHS Media Center — Carol Tracy
Two sound-proof glass booths in the Hopkins High School Media Center will be installed to offer private – yet supervised – space for students to conduct college interviews or visits, PSEO classes and/or presentations, virtual medical or therapy appointments, and quiet work spaces for test-make-ups, creating podcasts, etc.. There is simply not enough quiet space for all the demand for personalized learning, particularly space that can be supervised, unlike an empty classroom in the interior of the building. Learn more.
Royal Voices Library — $1,500 — Hopkins High School — Rick Rexroth
Yes, Hopkins student, YOUR creative visions may someday become published works shared with the world! Need proof? Look no further than the impressive array of Royal Voices, a new special collection coming soon to the HHS Media Center, exclusively containing the published works of your Hopkins alumni. HEF is underwriting the creation of this collection to not only celebrate former students, but to offer current students inspiration across a variety of vocations, interests, pathways, and fields of study.
Strengthening Anti-Racist Lens in Early Childhood — $3,860 — Early Childhood Programs — Sara Chovan
This relatively small investment will reverberate for years to come, reaching Hopkins’ youngest learners (birth – age 5) and their families with the important work of understanding bias and teaching anti-racism. Doubling the reach of the very successful Fall 2020 HEF pilot grant, Becoming Anti-Racist and Authentically Inclusive in Early Childhood, this grant expands this work to ten classrooms at Harley Hopkins Family Center. Learn more.
TEACCH Model Shoebox Tasks — $1549.06 — Grades 9-12 Special Education — Judy Griffin, Lori Komoto
The LTL (Links to Learning) Compass Program, in which students receive highly specialized instruction, has grown over the past several years. Many participants have Autism Spectrum Disorder or developmental cognitive delays, both of which prevent them from participating in traditional vocational programs. The TEACCH Model kits that HEF is funding are a set of 37 durable projects. Learn more.