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Katelyn Fitzpatrick - First Grade
"Due to the HSA teacher grant program, my classroom has significant changes and upgrades which would not be possible without the support the wonderful parents of our community give our teachers. The teacher grant program alleviates stress and makes our students and teachers happy -- what else could you ask for?" -- Katelyn Fitzpatrick
Vickie Otten - 5th Grade
"The Murch HSA teacher grants I have received over the years have been a magic carpet ride for my students as we have explored the world through magnificent maps, watched America grow through Google Earth and implemented simulations that have put us in the middle of the Oregon Trail, the Underground Railroad and the Civil War. The richness these opportunities bring to our reading and writing curriculum is immeasurable." -- Vicki Otten
Sarah Seltzer - Kindergarten Teacher
"The HSA Teacher Grant program has supported my kindergarten students in many ways. Thanks to the grant, our classroom library is full of wonderful books and includes a great variety of both fictional and non-fictional texts so that all students have the opportunity to enjoy reading and become stronger readers. The grant has also provided us with different science and math materials. My students especially take pleasure in exploring with the various math manipulatives and building materials. Lastly, the HSA is providing teachers with classroom support as we transition towards Reggio-inspired classrooms. Without this program, many of our learning opportunities and projects would not be possible." -- Sarah Seltzer - Kindergarten Teacher
Alicia Garfinkely - Pre-K
"Without the HSA Teacher Grant Program, I would not have as many amazing resources and tools in my classroom as I do now. Each year, the grant program helps me to introduce new and exciting activities to my students that I would not have the opportunity to do otherwise. This year, we are exploring more with sensory bins, colored blocks for the light table, mirrors, and more!" -- Alicia Garfinkel