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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 $300 awards to support an instructional need that would benefit students.
ONE Classroom Grant per school site will be awarded yearly.
 

 

 

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.

Hatters Robotics

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
Conversation

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 2021-22, the HHEF will host the following guests:

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Author-in-Residence
Matt de la Pena

The HHEF will welcome a New York Times-bestselling author Matt de la Peña. Matt has received numerous accolades for his young adult novels and picture books, including the prestigious Newbery Medal. His books include The Last Stop on Market Street, Love, Milo and Carmela Full of Wishes, among many others.

In his talk "How a Reluctant Reader Became a Bestselling Author", Matt de la Peña speaks to audiences of all ages about the profound impact of creativity and literacy. 

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Scientist-In-Residence:
Shannon Kaplan, architect

This year, the HHEF will welcome architect Shannon Kaplan for a series of presentations with the HHHS environmental classes centered on energy efficiency and building design. Shannon shared about a net zero energy building that she designed and the energy systems that went into the building. Students will be tasked to design their own building in order to get it to net zero energy (or at least make it as efficient as possible). Ms. Kaplan will serve as a consultant on the student’s buildings to evaluate their project and answer questions. 

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"Individual and Collective Wellness"
Shavon Norris

Shavon Norris is an artist, educator, and facilitator. She uses movement along with text and sound and imagery to reveal and highlight the stories living in our bodies. She offers opportunities to deepen the understanding of self and the collective, an examination and celebration of what we feel, think, and believe. 

Over the course of the school year, Shavon Norris will provide opportunities to HHHS, KVMS students and 5th graders in the district to explore what it means in perspective, language and action to be intentionally inclusive. 

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Girl's STEAM:
Neferteri Strickland
 

 

HHEF will welcome Neferteri Strickland, a Cybersecurity Strategist. 
She has a BA in Mass Communications from Savannah State University, Master of Professional Studies in Information Assurance and Cybersecurity from The Pennsylvania State University. As a contractor for the Department of the Navy, Neferteri supports initiatives for the 
fleet’s hull, mechanical, and electrical systems. As a Communications Officer in the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, Neferteri directs the integration of fire support assets into to support combined arms operations. Her years of volunteer
work are centered around career pathway readiness for youth through programs that include the
Coastal Empire (Boy Scouts) Council’s Learning for Life and The Pennsylvania STEM Experiences (Ecosystem) for Equity and Diversity.

Learn more about Girl's STEAM programs below.

 

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 Executive Director Suzy Krzaczek  (skrzaczek@hatboro-horsham.org) if you are interested in getting involved with HHEF’s Girls STEAM initiative!