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Hampton Education Foundation Progressive Dinner raises more than $18,000 for classroom teacher grants
The Second Annual Hampton Education Foundation Eating for Education Progressive Dinner raised more than $18,000 for teacher grants. The dinner was held recently at the Charles H. Taylor Arts Center. Last year’s event raised $15,000.
Two teachers who previously earned HEF grants attended the dinner to share information and answer questions on the projects funded by HEF grants. Melissa Twisdale, Barron Fundamental Elementary School, presented information on her “K-5 Buddies” projects, and Andrew Perry, Syms Middle School, shared information on “Students for Solar Energy.”
The HEF initiated the grant program in 2007. There are two kinds of grants – innovative instructional grant and instructional mini grant. The innovative instructional grant program encourages teachers to develop, plan, implement and evaluate innovative instructional strategies that are aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning. The mini-grant program provides materials, supplies and/or resources to enhance and improve the classroom learning experience in alignment with the Standards of Learning. To date, HEF has given about $200,000 in classroom grants.
The Hampton Education Foundation is a 501(c) 3 organization governed by a board of directors that believes that all children should discover their talents and develop them in a way that improves both their quality of life and everyone they touch. The Foundation's work to date has focused on improving the classroom environment, supporting the belief that the classroom is ground zero for learning during the school day and that the community must provide the best tools and learning resources possible.
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