by Sarah Tambussi, President of the Board of Trustees, Haddonfield Educational Trust
On the evening of October 2nd, the Markeim Arts Center was filled with art enthusiasts as well as friends of the HET and the Haddonfield School District. They came together to support a fundraiser in honor of our Haddonfield teachers. There was beautiful artwork lining the walls and guests feasted on hors d’oeuvres from local businesses. The occasion was Homegrown, organized by the HET to promote local Haddonfield artists while raising money for the new Teacher Innovation Grant Program started by the HET.
Haddonfield has some of the best teachers in the country and our goal is to continue to support their efforts to provide the best educational atmosphere possible for our students. Grants awarded will help supplement the teachers’ curriculum and offers faculty the opportunity to design and implement innovative educational projects. The money collected at our annual Golf event in June and our recent Homegrown Art Show will support these teacher inspired grant requests. This year’s applications have been received and we will start awarding grants to teachers in January 2016.
Many Haddonfield residents, Haddonfield teachers and quite a few Haddonfield Alumni from around the country provided artwork to the Homegrown show. A special thank you to the Hurly, Genel, Tully, DeSimone, Loue, and Willison Families, Kiki’s Gourmet/Jess Keenan, Marie’s Sandwich Bar, Yards Brewery, Regal Wine Imports, HMHS National Honor Society, and Joseph DeSimone for providing food, beverages and entertainment.
Homegrown is just one of the many events the HET has held to provide assistance to the teachers and administrators of the Haddonfield school district in the educational process. Some past projects we have supported include the Central School Playground, HMHS Auditorium renovation; technology initiatives district wide, Turf project, Radnor Field dugout renovations, Elizabeth Haddon outdoor classroom, HMHS Senior Class Post Graduation Event, and many more. In all, the HET has given over $200,000.00 to the Haddonfield schools since 2008.
The Haddonfield Educational Trust is a non-profit foundation dedicated to supporting the educational quality of Haddonfield Public Schools and their students through supplemental fundraising from public donors, corporate partnerships, grant opportunities, scholarships, and community outreach.