Grants Awarded for Community Service and Curriculum Innovation

The Parents’ Association is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2016-17 Teacher Grant Awards. The intent of these grants is to assist teachers in pursuing innovation in our classrooms. Despite a limited budget, the PA and each of its School Councils were able to fund nearly $12,000 toward 23 teachers across all four divisions.

Our Curriculum Grants highlight the diversity of teacher explorations from Nursery to High School. These grants spanned projects from puppetry and vinyl records to robots and makerspace tools for all ages.  The PA would like to thank all faculty for their ingenious and thoughtful submissions this year.

In addition to these curriculum grants, for the 2016-17 Academic Year the PA introduced a Community Service Grant for Lower School and Earl Shapiro Hall. These grants were wholly funded from BoxTops Collection, so that even classrooms who may not be involved with the grant can contribute to its goal of encouraging curiosity and empathy in the community beyond school walls.

In this inaugural year, two grants were selected to help students advance their role as citizens in a larger community.
  • In Lower School, Linda Weide (4th grade) and Stephanie Mitzenmacher (5th grade) collaborated on two projects to broaden awareness and provide support to Syrian refugees family relocating to Hyde Park through a public art installation and selling handmade goods at the Holiday Bazaar.
  • At Earl Shapiro Hall, Elspeth Stowe-Grant (Kindergarten) will be taking two classrooms to the Cradles to Crayons fulfillment center, providing students an opportunity to venture off campus and interact with a larger community.  Lauryn Marinho’s students (2nd grade) will be using her grant to knit scarves for the homeless community.

To see the full list of Community Service Grants and Curriculum Grants awarded to Lab faculty for the 2016-17 academic year, please visit for more information.