HSSF announces innovative grant recipients

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HSSF announces innovative grant recipients

Dec 13, 2018

Since its inception in 2001, the Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation (HSSF) has served the Hamilton Southeastern Schools community by providing classroom, school and district grants.  The Foundation’s goal is to promote a unified community committed to benefit every student, in every grade, in every school throughout the HSE school district with a focus on enhancing educational opportunities, inspiring excellence and engaging the community to foster a legacy of achievement.

Grant awards historically honor exemplary and innovative teaching.  Typically awarded in the fall, the Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation grant program supports innovative projects that enhance the students experience.  HSSF seeks the best new ideas in education in any number of disciplines including, but not limited to, STEM, literacy, social justice, mental health, fitness, civics education, special education and physical space.  This year, HSSF funding supported projects positively impacting classrooms, schools, and initiatives for the district.

Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation is honored to award more than 30 exceptional grants.  Some themes and highlights of these projects include:


  • An orchard, where student research helps plan and sustain fruit trees
  • Barefoot sensory path
  • Outdoor exploration space
  • Maker-space treehouse
  • Fidget walls for pre-school students
  • Calming room
  • Play system blocks for collaborative play and learning


  • Podcasting
  • Utilizing inclusive and diverse literature into inquiry units
  • A wave demonstration tank to give a hands-on understanding of hydrodynamics
  • Robots students program to help save a lost astronaut on Mars
  • Introducing students to cybersecurity
  • Introducing film production
  • Civics education
  • Probability using non-transitive dice


  • District emergency reunification kits
  • Expanding social emotional learning curriculum


HSSF is proud to partner with local organizations, businesses and private donors to leverage additional support for our schools.  These partnerships demonstrate the enormous impact local philanthropy has on the community.  The foundation would like to recognize and thank Geist Half Marathon, Schwarz Family Foundation, Church Church Hittle & Antrim, Fishers Sertoma Club, Tri Kappa, Lilly Endowment Comprehensive Counseling Fund and Fishers City Council members Todd Zimmerman and Eric Moeller for their partnerships for the 2018-19 grant cycle.

For a full list of grant recipients and projects CLICK HERE.