Hamburg Area Education Foundation presents grants for exploring innovation

Arch Kurtz - Digital First Media Hamburg Area Education Foundation presented grants totaling $7,582 to students and educators on June 4 during the school director's meeting.
Arch Kurtz - Digital First Media Hamburg Area Education Foundation presented grants totaling $7,582 to students and educators on June 4 during the school director's meeting.

The Hamburg Area Education Foundation presented grants totaling $7,582 to students and educators on June 4 during the Hamburg Area School District school director’s meeting.

The grants support service learning for students and support educators who are exploring innovation.

“(HAEF) supports students who are pursuing an interest or developing a talent,” said Superintendent Dr. Richard Mextorf.

Grants were presented by Dr. Shawn Gravish, middle school principal, and high school teacher Teresa McCarthy-Wright, who are members of the HAEF.

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Student grants in the amount of $500 were awarded to Alexander Long for trip to Fiji to study marine biology, Genevieve Smith for technology camp, Owen Zimmerman for science/technology leadership camp, Cora Brown for biomed camp, Elizabeth Seidel for Germany/Switzerland trip and Sylver Boyer for psychology camp.

Students receiving grants in the amount of $250 were Jade Heckman for pre-med camp, Krista Wickel for veterinary camp, Cora Houptley for CSI camp, Devynne Peppiatt for psychology camp and Julie Harbonic for pre-med camp.

Grants in the amount of $150 were presented to Ty Werley for technology camp and Madison Rosen for CSI camp.

Alexis Deisemann for Sunday school room upgrades and Alex Blatt for medical bracelets each received grants of $125.

“HAEF provides opportunities to fully engage learners around their interests and how they best learn,” Mextorf said.

Educators receiving grants included Aaron Menapace, $875 to facilitate the performance leadership academy, Becky Dommell, $857 towards art projects at the high school, Sherry Fuhrmann, $731 for gardening enhancements at Tilden Elementary and Debra Hay, $318 for gardening enhancements at Perry Elementary.

“We are grateful for the work that the HAEF does on behalf of our students and teachers,” Mextorf said.

The HAEF is an independent, non-profit organization that develops opportunities to advance academic, creative and personal excellence in the school district.

The organization’s goals include enhancing educational opportunities for students, encouraging and supporting innovative teachers, building community involvement and strengthening the commitment of alumni support in academic programs.

Grant applications are available on the district’s website.

The next meeting of school directors will be Monday, June 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the James A. Gilmartin Community Room.