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Horsham (April 29, 2014) — While most students have to wait for college to participate in a genetics and biotechnology lab, the students at Hatboro-Horsham High School will now have the opportunity to take this interactive course as part of the science curriculum. That is because the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation (HHEF) is fully committed to advancing the quality instructional programs of the Hatboro-Horsham School District by funding Innovative Learning Grants. Through these grants, the HHEF will provide $100K in 2014-15 to support 16 science, math, guidance, world language, environmental education, student leadership and civic learning, and technology programs.

“The Foundation illustrates its commitment to advancing the quality instructional programs of the Hatboro-Horsham School District through these grants,” explained Nancy DeLucia, HHEF Executive Director. “We received a terrific group of grant applications this year and wish we could fund them all! But we have limited financial resources, so our grants committee evaluated each application and selected 16 grants that are most creative, forward-thinking and serve students at all grade levels.”

Through the Innovative Learning Grants program, the Foundation awards grants to elementary, middle and high school teachers and principals for projects that enrich the district’s curriculum and enhance students’ learning experiences by engaging them. Some of the initiatives that will receive HHEF funding include:

  • Peace Makers (conflict resolution at the elementary level)
  • School Sculptures (artist-in-residence at elementary level)
  • Wireless calculators for AP Statistics (high school)
  • Genetics and Biotechnology Equipment and Lab Supplies (high school)
  • Learning World Language using iPads (middle school)

For a detailed look at the programs that received 2014-15 Innovative Learning Grants, click here.

To receive funding from the Foundation, teachers and principals submit Innovative Learning Grant applications for new or continuation grants, which are reviewed by a panel of HHEF Board of Directors and non-board members. These individuals then score all applications and propose funding recommendations to the full Board of Directors.

“The majority of the Foundation’s funding comes from companies within the community, so their continued financial support demonstrates their dedication to children and public education,” said Jean di Sabatino, HHEF Board Member, who leads the Innovative Learning Grant effort.

“The HHEF is honored to participate in the education of Hatboro-Horsham School District students and support the creative and inspiring work of teachers and principals on behalf of students. The Innovative Learning Grants program is a very competitive process, and we are truly impressed by the engaging, thought-provoking and original projects funded this year.”

Media Opportunity:

On Friday, May 2, 2014 the “Prize Patrol” will visit each classroom that will be receiving an Innovative Learning Grant with special treats for the teachers and students. Reporters are invited and encouraged to attend. For a schedule of presentation times and locations, please contact Kim Rubenstein at 215-420-5261.

About the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation

The Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation (HHEF) is an independent, non-profit organization that provides funding for projects that enrich the Hatboro-Horsham School District’s curriculum and programs that enhance the learning experience of the students and community at large.