Nov 27

Come see the creative, hands-on ways Henrico students are learning at the Henrico Education Foundation’s Innovative Grants Showcase

Greenwood Elementary School students work with two of the school’s tower gardens. Greenwood created the towers with an innovative grant award from the Henrico Education Foundation, in order to provide students with opportunities for interactive learning.

Growing salads in the cafeteria? Using camera-equipped drones to teach coding skills to elementary students? The Henrico Education Foundation awarded $71,925 in grants this fall to Henrico County teachers and principals with innovative classroom ideas. Find out more about these groundbreaking projects at the Henrico Education Foundation Innovative Grants Showcase on Nov. 28.

The showcase will feature the foundation’s recent innovative grant recipients from schools across Henrico County. Drop in and see demonstrations of grant projects on full display, talk to teachers and principals, and ask questions. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 5-7 p.m. (drop-in)

Where: The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23060

The grant-funded projects on display at the showcase are affecting more than 14,500 students, teachers, and staff and community members. Some of the projects that will be featured:

Makerspace Hub Grant: Elko Middle School received a $9,133 innovative grant award to transform the school library into a “makerspace hub.” The project is part of a schoolwide initiative to bring interactive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning opportunities into the classroom.

Tower Garden Grant: Greenwood Elementary School received a $3,210 innovative grant award to provide tower gardens to engage students in grades K-5 in interactive STEM classroom learning. Through the grant, students are learning about plant life cycles, while growing healthy food in their classrooms.

Artist in Residence Grant: Fair Oaks Elementary School received a $3,950 innovative grant award to engage students and families in a collaborative literacy experience that concluded with a visit from Eric Litwin, author of the “Pete the Cat” children’s book series.

Since 1993 the Henrico Education Foundation has played a vital role in meeting the educational needs of our community’s children. The nonprofit does more than just provide additional funding for public education; it works with parents, teachers and administrators to continually identify and develop initiatives that improve school performance and student achievement. The foundation supports all schools in Henrico County, working to provide every student and teacher the support and resources they need for success. For more information, go to http://henricogives.org/.

 

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Nov 09

Shively Joins Henrico Education Foundation Staff To Expand Outreach Efforts

Jay ShivelyJay Shively has been named the new director of development for the Henrico Education Foundation (HEF).

HEF’s mission is to prepare students for college, career and community by connecting philanthropy with strategic initiatives that strengthen public education in Henrico County. Founded in 1993 as a public-private partnership with the Henrico County Public Schools, HEF supports more than 51,000 students and 3,900 teachers in the Commonwealth’s sixth largest school district.

The newly-created director of development position will help HEF reach its goals to grow revenues, increase grant funding and expand the capacity of the organization.

Jay has a proven track record for building relationships and connecting the interests of donors with funding needs in the community,” said Mike Taylor, HEF executive director.

“He is a strong advocate for public education and brings a tremendous skill set to this new position. He will play an integral role in advancing HEF’s mission by developing donor strategies, increasing fundraising opportunities, and ultimately, helping to close the opportunity gap for Henrico County students.”  

Shively has nearly 20 years of non-profit management and fundraising experience. He has an extensive fundraising background that includes major gift solicitation, special events, corporate sponsorships and donor cultivation.

Shively comes to HEF from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society where he served as director of individual giving and leadership events for the Virginia and West Virginia region.

Shively is a native Virginian. He holds an associate’s degree in applied science from Piedmont Virginia Community College, as well as bachelor’s degrees in sociology and education from Mary Baldwin University.

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Nov 06

Henrico Education Foundation’s Taylor to represent Virginia on National Industry Leadership Council

Mike Taylor, Executive Director of the Henrico Education Foundation, has been selected as the Virginia representative for the National School Foundation Association’s Industry Leadership Council. Individuals selected for the Industry Leadership Council are considered thought leaders in the industry, and understand the value of collective national efforts in raising the knowledge base, profile and impact of the education foundation industry. 
  
The purpose of the Industry Leadership Council is to gain the benefit of their voice in guiding the growth of the industry and better engage industry leaders as ambassadors. Across the country, education foundations and their leaders are creating life-changing opportunities for their students. The Industry Leadership Council is a way to bring some of those strongest voices together. 

The mission of the Henrico Education Foundation (HEF) is to prepare students for college, career and community by connecting philanthropy with strategic initiatives that strengthen public education in Henrico County. Founded in 1993 as a public-private partnership with the Henrico County Public Schools, HEF supports more than 51,000 students and 3,900 teachers in the Commonwealth’s sixth largest school district.

Taylor joined HEF in 2014, and has more than 20 years of non-profit management and fundraising experience. His work at HEF is focused on transforming public education through the expansion of best practices, creation of innovation in the classroom, development of research-based solutions and fostering a Continuous Improvement (CI) methodology in addressing the challenges facing public education.

 

About the National School Foundation Association
The National School Foundation Association (NSFA) is the leader of the Pre K-12 education foundation movement in the United States, providing training and support for their development and quest to increase student success through strategic philanthropic investment and involvement. The mission of the NSFA is to provide support, training and resources to education foundations and their leaders to maximize their impact. This mission is accomplished with the support of partners, business leaders, education leaders and government officials who share our passion for quality educational programs for our nation’s schools. To learn more, visit www.SchoolFoundations.org.

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Nov 01

Grant for almost $600,000 will enable HCPS, foundation, to increase after-school and summer academic opportunities

Thanks to a grant from the Virginia Department of Education, more Henrico students will get tutoring and academic opportunities outside of regular school hours. The state agency awarded a federal grant for $593,193 to the Henrico Education Foundation to expand a program at Glen Lea Elementary School run jointly by Henrico Schools and the foundation. The 21st Century Community Learning Center grant will be awarded over a three-year period.

The Glen Lea program will expand from three days a week to four; daily program hours will also be extended, growing from two hours a day to three. The program will provide after-school academic enrichment opportunities such as tutoring, literacy support, robotics, cultural arts and hands-on instruction in STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Math). The Glen Lea program will triple in size from 50 to 150 students in grades 3-5, and add a six-week summer academy. The grant will also fund additional student field trips.

Family engagement opportunities will get a boost as well; the program will hold workshops on topics such as family financial literacy, and helping students avoid a drop-off in knowledge during the summer. The foundation will work closely with Henrico Schools departments, such as the Department of Family and Community Engagement, to implement the grant in innovative and effective ways.

“This is an exciting opportunity for the students of Glen Lea,” said Mike Taylor, executive director of the Henrico Education Foundation. “With the support of the grant, we are helping close the opportunity gap and provide real-world, hands-on learning opportunities. Some families don’t have the financial resources for tutors or supplemental academic programs, and we want to change that. Our goal is to provide every student with access to quality after-school educational programs.”

The Virginia Department of Education awarded the grants to recipients in Virginia after receiving the funds from the U.S. Department of Education.

The nonprofit Henrico Education Foundation was created in 1993 as a public-private partnership with Henrico County Public Schools. It works with parents, teachers and administrators to identify, develop and help fund research-based initiatives that enhance learning in the classroom. The foundation provides grants and resources to HCPS students and teachers to fill the gap between taxpayer funding and the resources needed to drive educational innovation and achievement in all Henrico County schools.

Funding provided by 21st Century Learning Center grant award No. S287C170047; 59 percent of the annual project will be provided with federal funding ($197,731) and 5 percent provided by local nongovernmental resources ($16,532). This does not include other programming and staffing supports provided by the Henrico Education Foundation.

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Jun 16

2016-17 Scholarship Winners!

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May 02

Applications for 2017-18 HEF Innovative Grants Program are now available!

Cycle 1 grants are due to HEF by 1:00pm on Tuesday, August 1; cycle 2 grants will be due Friday, January 5, 2018.

Grant Application
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Contact Program Director Paula Roop to schedule your required grant consult:  pdroop@henrico.k12.va.us

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Apr 19

HEF helps make HCPS Stronger


A look at the many programs and projects supported by HEF, and how this organization makes HCPS stronger.

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Mar 09

Give it up for Girls in STEM!

About 160 girls in grades 3-5 came together for a day to be inspired about science, technology, engineering, and math!

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Jan 26

Reading Campout at Glen Lea Elementary School

Students got to campout “under the stars” with community mentors while parents worked on reading strategies with teachers.

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Nov 22

AT&T Support Helps Prepare Henrico Kids for College, Work & Future

AT&T is supporting schools across Henrico through a $35,000 grant to the Henrico Education Foundation. AT&T will provide Henrico County students with increased access to youth leadership programs, workforce development initiatives and resources for students struggling academically to graduate on time and reach their fullest potential.

Please see the attached press release and the photo below regarding a recent contribution from AT&T to the Henrico Education Foundation.

First Row: Betsy Beamer, HEF Board; Mike Taylor, HEF Executive Director; Vince Apruzzese, Regional Vice President AT&T; Jeff Robinson, HEF Board Second Row All HEF Board Members: Mike McCullough; Veronica Hinckle; John Delandro; Anne Poates; Tamara Charity-Brown; Robert Nomberg; Stephen Halsey

First Row: Betsy Beamer, HEF Board; Mike Taylor, HEF Executive Director; Vince Apruzzese, Regional Vice President AT&T; Jeff Robinson, HEF Board
Second Row All HEF Board Members: Mike McCullough; Veronica Hinckle; John Delandro; Anne Poates; Tamara Charity-Brown; Robert Nomberg; Stephen Halsey

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