Grant Awards for HHSD Educators
Each year, the Hatboro-Horsham Educational Foundation awards teacher grants to give all students, grades K-12, access to extraordinary learning opportunities. Many familiar and regarded programs in our District were launched with HHEF grant funds, including LEGO robotics, virtual reality, LINK Crew, Trout in the Classroom, Be a Part of the Conversation, and STEM drones. We are incredibly proud of our grants tradition, which empowers our teachers, engages our students, and ensures a dynamic curriculum.
The HHEF offers two grant award programs:
Innovative Learning Grants enable teachers to apply for up to $10,000 to launch a groundbreaking program with the potential to advance the school curriculum.
Classroom Grants offer teachers at every school $300 awards to support any instructional need in their classrooms.
See Previous Years' Grants:
Grants Awarded 2019-2020
Grants Awarded 2018-19
The HHEF remains committed to both our educators and our students as they face unprecedented challenges in light of COVID-19. In this hour of need, the Foundation has prioritized our most vulnerable students by providing WiFi hotspots for families lacking internet services in their homes. We hope to ensure that all Hatboro-Horsham students, regardless of circumstance, are able to access the remote learning opportunities our teachers are providing.
Other HHSD Programs
The HHEF annually supports the following programs
for Hatboro-Horsham School District.
Jarrett Nature Center
The HHEF supports the district's outdoor classroom by inviting environmental educators from organizations like Briar Bush Nature Center and Schuykill Center for Environmental Education to facilitate workshops with students.
As an ongoing partner of Hatters Robotics, the HHEF provides funds for equipment needs and supports the teams' participation in local and national competitions.
Be a Part of the
Be a Part of the Conversation is a drug and alcohol awareness program founded within Hatboro-Horsham School District. The HHEF funds the workshops they provide for students, teachers, and families affected by addiction.
Guest Presenters Series
Each year, the HHEF welcomes accomplished authors, scientists, artists, and leaders to present, perform and engage with Hatboro-Horsham students. These experiences, from constructing a mural alongside an accomplished tile artist to hearing the motivational words of a renowned athlete, represent the extraordinary learning opportunities we endeavor to provide. Prior speakers have included M.I.T. professor and robotics pioneer, Woodie Flowers, children’s author David Kirk, basketball star Chris Heron, and the Cavani String Quartet. Whenever possible, our guests stay for an evening presentation for the community.
In 2020-21, the HHEF will host the following guests:
During COVID-19 with Dragonfly Psychological Associates
In direct response to the uncertainty, fear, isolation, and anxiety students are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the HHEF and HHSD have partnered with the team at Dragonfly Psychological Associates to develop a social-emotional support program for elementary students. Through a series of workshops, students will be given strategies to identify, understand, and regulate emotions that can interfere with their academic performance and stand in the way of resiliency.
Dr. Laura Pontano Vaites
This year, the HHEF will welcome Dr. Laura Pontano Vaites, a cell biologist and research fellow at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Vaites’ research helps us understand how human proteins work together to perform normal functions in cells and how these functions can be disrupted in disease. Through a series of virtual workshops, approximately 150 HS students will experience real-world applications of their science curriculum. Dr. Vaites will introduce students to cell biology, biochemistry, and the fundamentals of bioinformatics, where data science meets biology.
"Not Light But Fire"
Philadelphia-based author and educator Matthew Kay is best known for his book Not Light, But Fire, which offers teachers strategies to facilitate meaningful conversations about race in their classrooms. Matthew encourages educators to use interpersonal skills and extensive preparation to facilitate
welcoming environments in which students of all backgrounds can engage in open and constructive dialogue. KVMS students will be invited to reflect on misconceptions they have encountered and to consider how preconceived notions of others may have impacted them. This program enhances our students' capacity for empathy and reflects the HHSD commitment to fostering an inclusive environment.
Dr. Shruti Naik
HHEF will welcome Dr. Shruti Naik as the kick-off speaker for our Girls' STEAM Series this year. Dr. Naik is an immunologist and stem-cell biologist helping to advance our knowledge of the immune system. Her work supports the development of novel therapeutic strategies in a range of conditions, such as psoriasis, chronic wounds, and cancer. Named a L’Oreal Women in Science Fellow in 2016, she has produced a series of interviews with women in science to inspire the next generation of women in STEM.
The HHEF's Girls' STEAM initiative is encouraging girls in our district to maintain an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math throughout their school career.
The HHEF will host a series of Girls' STEAM assemblies and lunch-n-learn programs to introduce girls in Keith Valley and High School to accomplished young women pursuing STEAM-related careers.
Please contact Stephanie Yoder (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in getting involved with HHEF’s Girls STEAM initiative!