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In the News

Take a look at some of our latest news stories about the wonderful things happening at the Westfield Education Foundation!

A Night of Laughter & Appreciation

May 2, 2024

On Friday, April 26, the Westfield Washington Schools staff was treated to an evening filled with laughter, camaraderie, and appreciation at the annual Laugh It Off event.Held to honor the staff’s hard work and dedication, the event was a resounding success, thanks to the collaborative efforts of various stakeholders within the Westfield community.The event, exclusively for Westfield Washington Schools staff, started with a tempting array of appetizers skillfully prepared by the WHS Culinary students and the WHS Foodies Rock Club. 

 

Laugh It Off provided those moments, with our Advanced Guitar Class welcoming guests upon arrival at The Palladium, the event’s home for the past three years.The evening commenced with a spirited performance by Westfield High School Alumni, who pumped up the crowd with the school fight song. This energetic start set the tone for the rest of the evening’s festivities.The spotlight shifted to the WHS Comedy Sportz League, whose witty jokes and comedic sketches stole the show. Their sharp humor and infectious energy put the audience in stitches, proving that talent knows no bounds, even among the student body.The charismatic MCs Kyle Messmore, Westfield Education Foundation Board President, and Justin Mull, Westfield Middle School Assistant Principal, guided the audience through the night’s festivities.

 

During the event, the attendees were entertained by a nationally touring comedian well-known for his humor and quick wit. The comedian has been a semi-finalist on NBC’s Last Comic Standing and has two Dry Bar Comedy specials to his credit.

 

The success of the event was made possible through the collaborative efforts of the Westfield Education Foundation, Westfield Administration, WWS PTOs, and our invaluable community partners such as Duke Energy Foundation and KI Furniture Knowledge.

 

The Laugh It Off event not only provided a fun-filled evening but also served as a powerful reminder of the strength of the Westfield community and the importance of coming together to celebrate and appreciate one another. Until next year’s event, let the spirit of appreciation and collaboration thrive within the Westfield Washington Schools community.

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Dr. Jill Biden and Dr. Vivek Murthy connect with the local Westfield's Robbie's Hope Club to build awareness and help stop teen suicide. 

August 30, 2023

Today's national spotlight from First Lady Dr. Jill Biden and Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy on the health and well-being of our students is critical for building awareness and breaking the stigma. Student supporting peers even in the darkest moment is a gift. The Robbie's Hope Club is student-led and a bright light for Westfield Washington Schools.  The Westfield Education Foundation is a proud partner of the Westfield High School Robbie's Hope Club Chapter.  

Robbie’s Hope Is… 

An uprising of teens to help other teens with the mission to stop the suicide epidemic that’s taking the lives of our friends. 

 

Robbie was a witty, compassionate High School sophomore with many friends, good grades, and hopes and plans for his future.  

Unbeknownst to family, friends, and teachers, he suffered silently.  Robbie Eckert took his life on Thursday, October 11, 2018.  

 

Robbie's Hope Club members aim to be beacons of hope for our community and remind everyone that they are not alone.

How can you help?  Discover ways to prevent suicide and support youth in your community. Contact your school's foundation to support student clubs that foster connections. At Westfield Washington Schools, the Westfield Education Foundation works alongside the district and the Westfield community to empower and invest in our students and staff. 

Join the foundation, and together, we will make an impact.

Photo Credits:

Creator: Ralph Alswang | Credit: Ralph Alswang

Copyright: Ralph Alswang Photographer

Kicking The Stigma 

August 10, 2023

The Westfield Education Foundation is excited to share that we were granted the Kicking The Stigma Grant from the Indianapolis Colts Foundation.  Westfield Washington Development Education Foundation was selected to receive the 2023 Kicking The Stigma Action Grant for $5,000 to support the Mental Health Assistance Fund and Mental Health Scholarships.

Hamilton County Non Profit Grant 

June 9, 2023

The Westfield Education Foundation is excited to share that we were awarded $15,000  from the Hamilton County Non-Program Grant to support Student Social Services/Well-Being and Workforce and Global Preparedness.  The foundation will work alongside the district counseling team, and staff will work alongside families to ensure the health of each student. 

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Teacher Grants Open June 1st

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The Westfield Education Foundation Teacher Grant Program is currently open and accepting applications. Staff across all ten Westfield Washington Schools have the opportunity to apply for up to $1000.   

 

The Foundation provides resources to enrich and enhance teaching and learning in Westfield Washington Schools and promote lifelong learners through community partnerships. The Foundation would like to thank Community First Bank of Indiana and Lions Club for stepping up as our first 2023-2024 Grant Community Partners.  

This grant can be used for a project or program within these four categories:

*Wellness/Mental Health

*Literacy/Reading/Foreign Language

*Math/Science/Social Studies

*Innovation/Arts

Grants will be awarded at the end of September for funds to be used during the 2023-2024 school year.  Funds not deployed by May 1, 2024, will be returned to the Foundation.

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