With grant funding from the Hopewell Valley Education Foundation (HVEF), Hopewell Valley public schools will offer extraordinary programming opportunities to students across the District this year. HVEF, a not-for-profit organization that raises funds for the Hopewell Valley Regional School District, announced two grant awards in its Fall/Winter funding cycle and anticipates funding additional projects over the winter months to support excellence and innovation throughout Hopewell Valley public schools.
Projects supported in the most recent round of funding include:
Heimat Quartet District Orchestra Festival: A $2,000 grant will provide orchestra students, in grades 5 through 12, the chance to work closely with members of the Heimat Quartet, a professional string quartet that encourages young musicians to develop their passion for strings. More than 260 students from all elementary schools and the middle and high school orchestras will play side-by-side with Quartet musicians over a two-day festival that encompasses rehearsals, performance and audience interaction, and opportunities for individual student feedback. Members of the faculty and performance arts staff will engage in learning and professional development sessions with Heimat Quartet members, and the Quartet will perform a mini-concert for all Central High School students. Families and community members are invited to the festival’s culminating evening performance.
HVEF awarded $4,000 to Central High School teachers Scott Brettell, Kathryn Henderson, and Raquel Rivera to feature renowned journalist and author Sonia Nazario as part of the district’s Global Day of Diversity, an April 2018 event that will be held annually to strengthen cultural diversity and competency. Nazario’s best-selling book, “Enrique’s Journey,” initially published as a Pulitzer Prize-winning series of articles in the Los Angeles Times, follows a Honduran boy’s dangerous journey to the Unites States in search of his mother, who had immigrated to America years earlier in a desperate search for employment.
On April 19, 2018, Nazario will give a lecture – open to the community – on the book, her career in journalism, and related themes of ethics and current politics. The next day, she will provide remarks at Central High School’s Global Day of Diversity luncheon and take part in a discussion panel.
“The Hopewell Valley Education Foundation is pleased to support these programs to enrich the growth and learning experiences of students throughout the Hopewell Valley,” said HVEF President Kevin Kuchinski. “These latest grants help bring to life the ideas and initiatives of our outstanding teachers and administrators, and give our kids world-class opportunities to learn and succeed.”
HVEF anticipates making additional Fall/Winter grant announcements in the coming weeks. The Spring funding application deadline is March 9, 2018. Those who wish to support the excellence of Hopewell Valley schools are encouraged to support the work of the Foundation through its Power of 100 campaign.