HACEF Contributes $11.5K for Harborfields Grants

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During its regular business meeting on June 15, the Board of Education accepted a check in the amount of $11,525.19 from the Harborfields Alumni and Community Educational Foundation to help fund three grants that will provide enhanced learning opportunities for students in the district.

HACEF trustees voted to fund the addition of 30 online lab notebooks for the science department at Harborfields High School, a Chromebook Touch for students with disabilities in the PALS program at Washington Drive Primary School and a Delta Drill Press for students to utilize in the Robotics/STEM program at Oldfield Middle School. On behalf of the organization, HACEF President Eric Gerde and Karin Fey, vice president and summer camp director of HACEF, presented a check in the amount totaling the three grants to Superintendent of Schools Diana Todaro and Board of Education President Dr. Thomas McDonagh.

HACEF’s mission is to enhance the educational opportunities for the children in Harborfields community in creative and exciting ways. By offering opportunities to learn a new skill, invest in a natural talent or by offering new and innovative technology, the organization strives to help provide the Harborfields children with various resources so they can best reach their full potential.
Since its inception in 2003, HACEF has funded more than $115,000 in grants and nearly $54,000 in scholarships. In the 2015-16 school year, the organization funded more than $20,000. Other recent grants they have supported include pit orchestra lights at HHS, 32 pedometers for the physical education department at Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School, iPads for ENL students at HHS and a color printer for the special education department at TJL.

All funds raised by HACEF are a direct result of fundraising efforts as well as HACEF’s summer camp program which, for the coming 2016 season, enrolls more than 540 students in the district.