HSSD Enrichment Grants

The Hot Springs Public Schools Education Foundation (HSPSEF) was begun in 2017. With great partnership from the district and generous support from alumni across the central Arkansas area, we have made wonderful progress in identifying specific ways to enhance district initiatives. The group is focused on growing support for the Foundation, and spreading the word to all alumni and partners about how to get active in supporting the HSSD. 

Through two -rounds of HSSD Enrichment Grants (in 2019 and 2021), the Foundation is directly supporting the initiatives of Hot Springs educators and helping to enhance the programs that students care about. The most recent Enrichment Grants were awarded to the following program areas in May of 2021 for the 2021-2022 School Year:

--Grant Awardee & Program: Ms. Veazey from Hot Springs Junior Academy; Grant funds will be used to purchase supplies for engineering challenges and equipment to help students experience Newton’s Laws of Motion.

--Grant Awardee & Program: Mr. Willard from Hot Springs Junior Academy; Grant funds will be used to purchase supplies for the HSJA Chess Club, and Chess Club Tournaments.

--Grant Awardee & Program: Mrs. Watkins, from the Hot Springs World Class High School; Grant funds will be used to expand EAST Course offerings for students in grades 10-12.

--Grant Awardee & Program: Mrs. Bramlett Turner, Hot Springs Junior Academy and High School; Grant funds will be used to purchase required resources for dance students, for dancers who cannot afford them, which continues to allow all HSSD students to participate in dance, no matter their background.

--Grant Awardee & Program: Mrs. Garner, from the Hot Springs World Class High School; Grant funds will be used to pay for FBLA Competitions and Events for the High School FBLA Club.

--Grant Awardee & Program: Mrs. Norwood at Oaklawn STEM Magnet School; Grant funds will be used to pay for a pottery kiln to create, fire, and glaze ceramic pottery in art classes.

--Grant Awardee & Program: Mrs. Crawford, Oaklawn STEM Magnet School; Grant funds will be used to purchase STEM supplies for STEM classroom activities.

--Grant Awardee & Program: Mrs. Lovelady at Oaklawn STEM Magnet School; Grant funds will be used to purchase new Choir equipment for Oaklawn STEM students.

--Grant Awardee & Program: Mr. Miller, Oaklawn STEM Magnet School; Grant funds will be used to expand offerings for students in the elementary EAST program.

--Grant Awardee & Program: Mrs. Carter, at Oaklawn STEM Magnet School; Grant funds will be used to begin the creation of an outdoor flexible learning space in the Oaklawn Courtyard area.

--Grant Awardee & Program: Mrs. Bradley at Main Street Visual & Performing Arts Magnet School; Grant funds will be used to provide alternative seating options for students in her classroom.

--Grant Awardee & Program: Mrs. Zeigler,  at Main Street Visual & Performing Arts Magnet School; funds will be used for maintaining String Instruments used by the Strings Program for students in grades K-6

--Grant Awardee & Program: Mrs. Sligh from Park Magnet an IB World School; grant funds will be used to create Take-Home-STEAM Materials Kits for first grade students

--Grant Awardee & Program: Mrs. West from Park Magnet, an IB World School; grant funds will be used to create Take-Home-Readers for first grade students.

--Grant Awardee & Program: Mr. Lenox from Langston Elementary Leadership Academy; grant funds will be used to purchase Broadcasting and Camera Equipment to be used by Langston Leaders in journalism and media classes and opportunities.

--Grant Awardee & Program: Ms. Carter, from our HSSD Gifted & Talented Program; grant funds will be used for classroom games to encourage creative thinking, problem-solving, math skills, and speaking/listening skills. 

Congratulations to each of these outstanding programs and student groups! We can’t wait to see photos and receive updates about student growth and progress during the 2021-2022 school year.

Learn more about how to get involved with the HSPSEF, or how to donate, here.


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