One of the most urgent needs and greatest challenges facing public school districts is forging meaningful partnerships that engage families and schools’ surrounding community to support students to be successful in school and life. In an effort to meet this challenge East Hartford Public Schools has been awarded a one-year, $750,000 grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving to develop a new Teaching and Learning Center and other strategies that will enable it to support children’s learning, development, and success through increased family, school, and community partnerships.
“This grant provides East Hartford with the unique and special ability to develop the infrastructure for lasting and game changing family and community partnerships that are centered on helping children succeed,” said East Hartford Public Schools Superintendent Nathan Quesnel. “We are incredibly grateful to the Foundation for providing this significant investment in our communities, families and schools this is rightfully centered on the partnerships where children thrive. While we all know the adage, ‘it takes a village,’ this grant truly moves to the heart of strategy by developing the systems, links and conditions that make “the village” happen. As East Hartford opens the Office for Family and Community (OFC) Partnership, I have no doubt that this plan will have long lasting impact on our entire community.”
The Hartford Foundation grant will allow East Hartford Public Schools to accomplish the following:
“East Hartford is re-imagining the links between its core instruction, expanded learning opportunities and comprehensive student supports in important and dynamic ways,” said Sara Sneed, the Hartford Foundation’s Director of Education Investments. “The Hartford Foundation found East Hartford Public Schools’ plans consistent with all of the latest research concerning effective school districts’ necessary connection with families and students’ broader community. We expect that East Hartford’s plans will result in its students having greater community support that ultimately increases its student success.”
The Hartford Foundation for Public Giving is the community foundation for Hartford and 28 surrounding communities. In 2015, the Foundation celebrates 90 years of grantmaking in the Greater Hartford region, made possible by gifts from thousands of generous individuals, families and organizations. It has awarded grants of more than $620 million since its founding in 1925. For more information about the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, visit hfpg.org or call 860-548-1888.
Photo, left to right: Jacqueline Jacoby, consultant, Sara Sneed, director, education investments, Hartford Foundation, Nathan Quesnel, superintendent of schools, East Hartford Public Schools, and Anne Marie Mancini, assistant superintendent of secondary curriculum, instruction and assessment, East Hartford Public Schools.