H-H Educational Foundation triples grant funding for ’08-’09;
awards $60,000 to teachers for innovative projects in schools 

The Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation has tripled funding for its Innovative Learning Grants, awarding $60,000 to teachers and educational staff for innovative projects in the district’s schools. In the past 20 years, the foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides cultural events and enrichment programs for district students and the community from an arts and cultural or science and technology perspective, has funded more than $250,000 in grants. The increase in funds from $20,000 last year is due to growth in sponsorships and partnership funding through Pennsylvania’s Educational Improvement Tax Credit Program.  Among the foundation’s corporate partners that make this grant program possible are Centocor, Inc., Harleysville National Bank, Hatboro Federal Savings, Materials Sciences Corporation, Inc., Motorola, Inc., Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Research Services, Inc., PNC Financial Services Group and Universal Health Services, Inc.

The classroom projects enrich student learning through the use of advanced technology, interaction with guest professionals in their schools, and hands-on learning. Upcoming projects include video conferencing to learn about students/communities and cultures in other countries, an after-school robotics club, learning through science-related 3D simulations via space purchased in a virtual environment, heart rate monitors to be used as a tool to help students determine appropriate levels of exercise and improve fitness.

The foundation hosted a reception in September at the Horsham Township Library for the grant recipients, district administrators, business sponsors, school board members and government representatives. Among some 75 attendees was Bob New, president of the Mid-Atlantic Consortium of Education Foundations, who congratulated HHEF on receiving the most EITC based corporate donations in the state last year and using the funds to develop this top-notch grant program and other events for the Hatboro-Horsham students.  Also, Julie Slavat, representing U.S. Rep. Allyson Y. Schwartz presented a certificate of appreciation to HHEF from the congresswoman praising the foundation for its impressive and meaningful contribution to education in our community.

Photos by Nancy Tirrell Paravano

Left to right, H-HHS Science teacher Chris Baker, recipient of an HHEF grant to fund a virtual island project, HHEF business partner Ed Thompson, President, PMRS, Horsham, Carolyn Koch, HHEF Grant Committee board member.

Left to right,  Mary Dare, HHEF Grant Committee board member, Kim English, HHHS English teacher, recipient of an HHEF “Writers in Residence” grant , Jo-Anne Zapata,  HHEF business partner, General Manager, Days Inn Horsham, DJ Fromal, HHHS Math teacher, recipient of HHEF grant to fund integration of technology into Math curriculum.

Left to right:  Kathleen Krupa, H-H School District Elementary Technology Teacher, recipient of grant for purchase of NOVA computer program for H-H School District 5th grade students, Pennypack Elementary School Second grade teacher John Schumann, recipient of HHEF grant for LCD projectors for second graders,  HHEF business partner Larry Robinson, Vice President, Product Management, Motorola Inc., Horsham, Shane Cross, Simmons Elementary School 5th grade teacher, recipient of HHEF grant for a district- wide Lego Robotics program.

Nancy DeLucia, HHEF Grants Committee Chairperson

Left to right, Steven Glaize, Principal, Hallowell Elementary School,  Nancy Bobkoskie, H-H School District, Superintendent for Elementary Education, Amy Roslevege, Principal, Pennypack Elementary School, Monica Taylor, Principal, Crooked Billet Elementary School, Karen Kanter, Principal, Simmons Elementary School, Nancy Doherty, Principal, Blair Mill Elementary School.