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The Foundation for West Hartford Public Schools at Whiting Lane
Posted 10/09/2018 08:46AM

The Foundation's mission is to provide financial support for educational projects, programs, and initiatives that will enhance and enliven the classroom experience and promote excellence in West Hartford Public Schools.

The Foundation raises funds from individuals, businesses, and civic groups in the community as well as alumni nationwide. Gifts of $1,000 or more entitle the donor to honor an individual, business or civic group by having the Foundation name a grant. Once a year, certified teachers throughout the school district are invited to apply for grants ranging from $200 to $3,000 for a project that will enhance student experience, complement the curriculum and demonstrate educational merit. A Foundation committee reviews the applications with the teacher's name and school removed. After approval by the Foundation board, awards are presented in late spring of each year.

For more information or to apply for a grant, visit The Foundation's webpage HERE.

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Grants Awarded to Whiting Lane this year:

Books in Many Languages
Ryan Cronin, Lead Teacher

This grant will provide funding for a bilingual section in the Whiting Lane Elementary School  library (pre-K –  grade 5).  This section will feature bilingual books (English and another language side-by-side), paired with multilingual books (several copies of the same book each in a different language) and leveled books  in languages other than English.  This section of the library will serve many functions from improving student learning to engaging parents who speak other languages to promoting greater cultural awareness at the school. Books that specifically address the content of the WHPS curriculum can also be purchased.  Teachers (media specialist and ELL teacher) will collaborate to order the books and create a section in the library.  This program will foster growth in reading fluency and comprehension, vocabulary growth and development, and parental involvementand and cultural competence.

Crate & Barrel Grant: Let's experience CT!
Dawn Beckley, Lead Teacher

This grant will fund an enhancement to the 4th grade English Language Arts and Social Studies Civics Curriculum.  4th grade students at Whiting Lane Elementary School will enjoy a trip to downtown Hartford for visits to the CT State Capital, the Legislative Office Building, Museum of CT History and the Supreme Court.  While viewing sites and displays focusing on government, inventions, industry and military history, students will participate in a scavenger hunt to assess their understanding. They will use this information after the trip to write a final project about a significant person, place or event in CT history.

Frankie & Bob Goldfarb Grant: Mythology Up Close and In Person!
Suzy Sinatro, Lead Teacher, Jen Hall (Morley School)

Jeff Benoit of Arts for Learning Connecticut will perform his one-man show on Greek mythology, “Chariot of the Sun”, for 125 4th graders at Whiting Lane Elementary School. Benoit brings classic tales to life through the use of poetry, masks, and mime. He also intertwines skillful audience participation to create fun-filled theatrical learning experience for all. By watching and participating in the performance, students will deepen their understanding of the components of mythology through proper recall and paraphrasing portions of the presentation to effectively engage in group discussion whereby students will compare and contrast myths referencing the performance and myths read in class. Students will also be the audience at an unforgettable performance.

Gengras Motor Cars Grant: Mindfulness Room for Social-Emotional Learning
Rosemary Hill,  Lead Teacher, Ryan Cronin, Teresa Bish, Kelley Flammia, Nancy Farooque

Mindfulness practices improves student learning and builds morale. It also helps to help promote a positive school environment and provide strategies for at-risk students. This grant at Whiting Lane Elementary School will allow this school to purchase Mind UP! Curriculum books and children's books on mindfulness. It also supports the K-5 common core standards foundation of citizenship and civic virtue.

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