Summer has arrived, and not a moment too soon! And while many folks have the opportunity to relax during the summer, many of the Roy A. Hunt Foundation grantees are hard at work across the country making a difference in their communities.
We invite you to check out five organizations that receive program and general operating support from the Roy A. Hunt Foundation.
BELL is a national nonprofit that is recognized as a leader in the field of expanded learning. Founded in 1992, BELL has helped at-risk students gain the academic skills they need to succeed in school and the self-efficacy they need to make healthy choices and set ambitious goals. BELL Summer and BELL After School serve children in grades K-8 who are performing below grade level and who attend high-poverty schools.
The Roy A. Hunt Foundation has supported BELL with $90,000 in grants since 2004.
NEW HAMPSHIRE: The Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary Charitable Fund
In beautiful Rindge, NH, teams from the Jaffrey-Rindge Rotary, Franklin Pierce University, and the Jaffrey-Rindge School District have created a summer program for students, named QUEST (Quality Unlimited Educational Summer Training).
QUEST was developed in 2011 for local middle school students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in a summer camp program. Franklin Pierce University provides the space, facilities, equipment, staff support and lunch for the camp.
The QUEST program served 75 sixth through eighth grade students from the Jaffrey-Rindge middle school last summer. Each year, the campers are pre- and post-tested on academic skills, and a majority of the students improved their scores and became better prepared for the new academic year. QUEST has been so successful that it is serving as a prototype which other New England Rotary Clubs are replicating within their own communities.
The QUEST summer program has received $25,000 in grants since 2012.
The construction of a safe and functional playground at the Hill House‘s Blakey Center has ensured that children in the Hill District area of Pittsburgh will have a safe place to spend many hours this summer.
Hill District families are more likely to earn income below the poverty line and rely on government assistance than families living in other areas of Pittsburgh. Additionally, children in the Hill District often lack access to safe play spaces, which are widely considered to be important for intellectual, social and emotional development.
A $50,000 grant from the Roy A. Hunt Foundation aided the Hill House Association to bring the Blakey Center playground up to code and make it available to neighborhood families.
While their students are enjoying the sun and fun of summer, teachers in Cleveland are taking hard at work at Facing History and Ourselves’ Cleveland office, focusing on professional development in history and civic education. As of July 1, 2015, the number of Cleveland area teachers actively implementing Facing History in their classrooms is 1,363, an increase of 172 teachers since July 2014. These 1,363 teachers reach an estimated 136,300 students each year with Facing History’s unique content and methods, integrating themes of tolerance, social justice, and civic participation into rigorous academic content.
Facing History’s core services in Cleveland will include professional development seminars, workshops, in-service sessions, and individualized follow-up support for educators. Follow-up support includes individual teacher consultations and classroom visits for curriculum and lesson plan development; access to Facing History’s free lending library; and advice from staff about what books, websites, and films will best enrich their courses. Teachers can also invite witnesses to and survivors of history, to speak in their classrooms through our speakers’ bureau.
The Roy A. Hunt Foundation has provided more than $57,000 in grants to Facing History and Ourselves Cleveland since 2006.
Many students in the Denver area are attending a different type of summer camp program at the Young Americans Center for Financial Education. Instead of swimming and hiking, these 8-13 year-olds are spending time learning the fundamentals of the U.S. economy.
Young Americans’ programs address financial literacy, free enterprise, global economics and entrepreneurship and serve more than 30,000 primarily Denver metro youth each year. They use experiential learning to help children and teens develop healthy financial habits for a self-sufficient life.
This summer, Young Americans is offering seven different types of weeklong summer camps to rising 3rd – 7th graders. The camps focus on government, banking, economics, supply and demand, advertising and more. The campers then put their knowledge to work by running a life-like town on the last day of camp!
Grants totaling more than $30,000 have been made to the Young Americans Center for Financial Education since 2012.