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May 4, 2012 > New Haven Foundation awards classroom grants

New Haven Foundation awards classroom grants

Submitted By Rick La Plante

Fourteen teachers and their students will benefit from nearly $4,000 recently delivered to New Haven Unified schools as the New Haven Schools Foundation awarded its annual "Innovations in Education" classroom grants for special projects that promote learning.

The Foundation, in the seventh year of its classroom grant program, funded nine requests, including one from a team of six teachers. Since the Foundation began awarding grants during the 2005-06 school year, 128 teachers have been awarded a total of nearly $45,000 in "Innovations in Education" grants for classroom projects and "Project Enrichment" grants for extra-curricular and co-curricular activities.

Among this year's winners are Searles Elementary teacher Sharon Gregory, who received $350 for online math resources, and Eastin Elementary's Linda Chew, who received $175 to purchase a microscope and slides for "Hands-On Science."

Cesar Chavez Middle School teacher Teri Gruenwald headed a team of six teachers who received $500 for an online dictionary system that is especially useful for English language learners, and Alvarado Middle School teacher Pam Sison received $332.75 for "Get Smart With Art."

Foundation President Cindy O'Brien also delivered awards this week to Beth Morris-Wong (Hillview Crest Elementary) "Who is Who" ($383.69); Wendy Rodrigues (Emanuele Elementary) "Make Books Come Alive" ($478.85); Betty Silva (Alvarado Elementary) "Read Naturally" ($500); Jeannette Alday (Hillview Crest Elementary) "Academic Oral Language Development" ($500); and Julie Miller (Pioneer Elementary) "Engaging Readers Through Non-Fiction ($500).

The Foundation, in conjunction with the New Haven Boosters Association, also donated $100,000 to the District this year to help save co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, after state budget cuts forced the District to reduce funding to pay stipends for coaches and advisers. In addition, the Foundation coordinated the awarding of more than $50,000 in college scholarships to James Logan and Conley-Caraballo high school seniors through its annual "Pathways to Success" program.

To learn more about the New Haven Schools Foundation, contact Executive Director Barbara Aro-Valle by phone (510) 471-3850 or e-mail ( or visit the Foundation's webpage (

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