Approximately 200 educators, students and community members attended the event at the Talamore Country Club, which showcased the different programs the Foundation’s Innovative Learning Grants have supported in recent years. Attendees saw first-hand how the HHEF has helped to enrich the classroom experience and encourage students to learn in new and exciting ways. In addition to the 14 grants being demonstrated or displayed, the evening also included two captivating musical performances — the first by Hallowell Elementary School students, whose song lyrics reflected the different traits that they have learned through Sean Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Happy Kids” and “The Leader in Me.” Following the elementary students’ songs, the Hatboro-Horsham High School Madrigal Singers performed “The Star-Spangled Banner.”HHEF Executive Director Laurie Rosard welcomed attendees, stating, “These educators recognize that by giving students unique learning experiences today, they will be empowered to be more innovative, more insightful and more knowledgeable in the future.”Superintendent of Schools Dr. Curtis Griffin added to Rosard’s sentiments, saying the Foundation has been a superb partner that has helped to advanced the district’s educational initiatives and spur innovation in and out of the classroom.Following Rosard and Griffin’s speeches to the audience, State Representative Todd Stephens and a representative from State Senator Stewart Greenleaf’s office presented citations to the Foundation recognizing it for its service to the community, education and being one of the oldest educational foundations in the state.Philadelphia sportscaster Don Tollefson, who served as the event’s master of ceremonies, lead the recognition and award presentation for the Innovative Learning Grant recipients. The awards were given in five different categories: Hands-on Math & Science; Media & Digital Literacy; Environmental Education; Student Leadership; and Arts & Culture.Constance T. Wood, senior vice president of Hatboro Federal Savings, presented the award to the recipients of the Hands-on Math & Science honor. Wood explained that Hatboro Federal Savings has been a community supporter since it began in 1941. When the opportunity arose to support the Foundation approximately five years ago, Hatboro Federal Savings wanted to continue its community focus by helping students attain their goals.Media & Digital Literacy awards presenter Livia McCleary, director of engineering transformation at Motorola Mobility, said “We are pleased that we have the opportunity to partner with the Foundation.”
Those feelings were echoed by fellow grant presenter Edmund Greenidge Jr., director of grants and charitable contributions at Janssen Biotech Inc., who gave the Environmental Education award. Janssen wanted to work with the Foundation because of its mission and focus on students, and how it is helping to create students that are focused on science and math.
“Community involvement is really important to our organization,” Greenidge said. “We are extremely proud of the strides the grant recipients have made to better, not only their schools, but the community we all live and work in.”
Eric Shea, district teacher and president of the Hatboro-Horsham Education Association (HHEA), presented the award for Student Leadership & Community. In his speech, Shea said the efforts of the Foundation help better the school environment, classroom experience and student learning through the Innovative Learning Grants they provide to educators.
“Their involvement is a great thing for our teachers, schools and district,” Shea said.
HHEF student representatives Meredith Lightstone and Morgan Bell presented the final award of the evening for Arts & Culture. The pair explained to the audience that the Foundation’s grants have helped to create numerous inventive programs at the high school that benefit student learning.
“We are the ones who are the most inspired by these grants,” Bell said.
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The Foundation’s 25th anniversary celebration was made possible by the generous support of its sponsors, including Hatboro Federal Savings, Motorola Mobility, Janssen Biotech and the Hatboro-Horsham Education Association (HHEA).