Come see the creative, hands-on ways Henrico students are learning at the Henrico Education Foundation’s Innovative Grants Showcase

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Greenwood Elementary Garden

Greenwood Elementary School students work with two of the school’s tower gardens. Greenwood created the towers with an innovative grant award from the Henrico Education Foundation, in order to provide students with opportunities for interactive learning.

Growing salads in the cafeteria? Using camera-equipped drones to teach coding skills to elementary students? The Henrico Education Foundation awarded $71,925 in grants this fall to Henrico County teachers and principals with innovative classroom ideas. Find out more about these groundbreaking projects at the Henrico Education Foundation Innovative Grants Showcase on Nov. 28.

The showcase will feature the foundation’s recent innovative grant recipients from schools across Henrico County. Drop in and see demonstrations of grant projects on full display, talk to teachers and principals, and ask questions. Light hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

When: Tuesday, Nov. 28 from 5-7 p.m. (drop-in)

Where: The Cultural Arts Center at Glen Allen, 2880 Mountain Road, Glen Allen, Va. 23060

The grant-funded projects on display at the showcase are affecting more than 14,500 students, teachers, and staff and community members. Some of the projects that will be featured:

Makerspace Hub Grant: Elko Middle School received a $9,133 innovative grant award to transform the school library into a “makerspace hub.” The project is part of a schoolwide initiative to bring interactive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) learning opportunities into the classroom.

Tower Garden Grant: Greenwood Elementary School received a $3,210 innovative grant award to provide tower gardens to engage students in grades K-5 in interactive STEM classroom learning. Through the grant, students are learning about plant life cycles, while growing healthy food in their classrooms.

Artist in Residence Grant: Fair Oaks Elementary School received a $3,950 innovative grant award to engage students and families in a collaborative literacy experience that concluded with a visit from Eric Litwin, author of the “Pete the Cat” children’s book series.

Since 1993 the Henrico Education Foundation has played a vital role in meeting the educational needs of our community’s children. The nonprofit does more than just provide additional funding for public education; it works with parents, teachers and administrators to continually identify and develop initiatives that improve school performance and student achievement. The foundation supports all schools in Henrico County, working to provide every student and teacher the support and resources they need for success. For more information, go to http://henricogives.org/.