Hopkins Education Foundation just granted Awesome Funds to three student organizations. The grants are awarded to groups who pursue ideas or projects that help other students, enhance the community, or heighten students’ educational experience and their interest in school.
HEF is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to providing resources for educational innovations and enhancements for the success of students. HEF’s Awesome Fund is supported by Hopkins alumnus, a matching donation from his employer, and the family and friends of Ethan Lang (Class of 2009).
The following are the most recent Awesome Fund grants:
Inspirational Canvas Paintings, $1,000
Emma Rock, student leader; Felicia Homberger, faculty advisor
Girls United MN, an 80 member Hopkins High School Club, is starting a public relations campaign. They will create and post empowering positive quotes, pictures and affirmations in Hopkins High School girls’ bathrooms. Their goal is to reinforce feelings of self-worth and unity among young women. The club piloted this campaign in Hopkins elementary schools where they received positive feedback. Now, they are excited to spread these messages of support to their fellow high school students.
Creating a Speech Team, $1,200
Ezana Tedla, student leader; Trevor Martinez, faculty advisor
A group of five students hope to restore Hopkins’ Speech Team after a lapse of inaction. Their goal is to increase the public speaking opportunities and also foster interest in writing. Oratory skills are an important component in a student’s toolbox, no matter their future plans. The fund will get the team up and running, including the entry fee for tournaments. Junior high students will also be invited to join the team.
Student Art ‘Zine, $500
Teddie Bernard, student leader; Jeff Kocur, faculty advisor
An editorial team of 5-10 students will bring back an annual art magazine that was last offered in 2016-17. The team of students will produce the first edition of ‘Reflections’ while learning the process of publishing a magazine and showcasing their peers’ creativity. Any Hopkins High School student is encouraged to submit original work in photography, ceramics, poetry, short stories, painting, visual arts and music. The grant will cover start-up costs for producing the first edition.