Each year, Harrisburg Education Foundation funds are distributed throughout the Harrisburg School District for Innovative Education Grants. The grants awarded range from individual classroom grants to grants for entire grade levels and across multiple grade levels. Grants are funded through the generosity of our donors, using funds raised throughout the year. Unrestricted gifts fund the majority of the grants, while designated gifts allow the donor to support a specific program. No matter how you designate your gift, you are helping the students of the Harrisburg School District!
Grants applications are submitted each fall by teachers, administrators, and student groups. The Harrisburg Education Foundation Board of Directors review grant applications and vote on funding. Funds are distributed in November for use during the current school year.
Innovative Education Grant Application Form
Harrisburg School District teachers, do you have an innovative education idea and need financial help bringing it to your classroom? We encourage you to apply for a grant from us. Grant deadline is Nov. 18th for the 2022-2023 school year. Please click on the link below to access the application form and submit your request.
From the desk of Ms. Rivas
Harrisburg Middle School's Robotics Club is in the middle of our third year. We doubled the number of applicants from year to year two and currently have 25 members. We meet in two different cohorts. Each cohort meets once a week. Our time together varies from either building a new design, learning about the importance of certain sensors and motors, or coding our robots through different real world tasks and challenges. Since we were cut short on our time together last year due to the COVID shut down, we pushed back our participation in some competitions. We are hoping to continue to grow the program and have a Robotics team to compete at competitions in the near future.
Robotics Club Accepts First Grant Award
Thanks to a generous donation from private donors, Harrisburg Robotics Club became our first official recipient of foundation funds. Robotics Club is a new STEM-base after school program offered once per week by Harrisburg Middle School teacher, Ms Rivas. Currently 16 students in grades 5 - 8 have committed to the program for the 2019-20 school year. Students collaborate with their peers to work on 21st century skills such as building, coding, and programming. The VEX IQ Robotics system allows students to assemble a robot and programmed the robot to move, as well as to program various sensors including light, sound, and touch. Within the next year, as a program continues to grow, Harrisburg students will have the opportunity to attend competitions in hopes of qualifying for state or national competition. This system allows our students to become natural problem solvers and it challenges them in preparation for high school and beyond.