FHPS Small Grants Program

Thanks to successful fundraising efforts and the support of our annual Improv Asylum fundraiser, FHPS expanded its grants program in 2016 to offer larger grants to teachers of all grades throughout the district. Grants have helped fund the following projects:

  • Yaraliz Soto, sixth grade teacher at Donahue School to fund a field trip to the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford for a hands-on lesson on the ecosystem
  • Lynn Dutsar, 10th grade teacher at Dean Technical High School to create a “makerspace” in the library for students to invent, build and learn
  • Arrin Barnes, sixth grade teacher at Kelly School to purchase iPads for classroom
  • Karen Roidoux, fourth grade teacher at Sullivan School to start a robotics and computer coding class
  • Laura Shanahan, seventh grade teacher at Kelly School to purchase iPads for special education middle school students and support current curriculum

It is the intent of FHPS to continue –and even expand—the grants program, as resources allow. We believe it is an important way to encourage teachers to use their own creativity and teaching skills to find new ways of instilling the love of reading and writing in our youngest students, and to motivate them to excel in school and life.

All eligible classroom teachers will be informed of the next round of grant opportunities. It is the belief of the FHPS Board of Directors that when classroom teachers say: “I wish I could…” and have a way to carry out those wishes for their students, then the entire school district will benefit.

The strong support of teachers for the FHPS Improv fund-raising event is greatly appreciated by the board, and resoundingly demonstrates their dedication to their students and the mission of achieving educational excellence for all students in the Holyoke Public Schools.