• Overview
    Through the Enhancement Grants program, the Trojan Foundation makes funds available to professional and support staff through the awarding of mini-grants. Eligible staff can apply for mini-grants to provide an innovative and unique educational opportunity for their classroom or program. Enhancement Grants may also be used to supplement the arts and athletics.  In all cases, the grants augment, but do not replace, the publicly funded programs and services already offered by the District.
     
     
    Enhancement Grants in Action
    Since 2006, the Trojan Foundation awarded nearly $250,000 in grants to support innovative projects within Derry Township School District:
     
    Biology: Learning Through DoingThe purchase of an experiential learning component beyond the routine science experiments associated with the regular curriculum
    Explore learningA web-based mathematical and scientific simulation program for middle schoolers
    Composer in residencyA program that allows high school band students to work with a professional composer and see music theory come to life
    Music Recoding EquipmentSpecialized recording equipment enhancing the Middle School’s ensemble groups as well as support other cross-curricular initiatives.
    Biology: Learning Through DoingThe purchase of a Vernier CO2 sensor used to measure carbon dioxide production/consumption by animals and plants. 
    Composer in residencyA program that allows high school band students to work with a professional composer and see music theory come to life
    Blue Sky Puppet TheatreAn innovative assembly for elementary school students with an anti-bullying theme
    Free Voluntary ReadingA Spanish classroom library center for middle school foreign language students
    CD/DVD Duplicationthe purchase of hardware that will allow Middle School teachers to make multiple copies of compact discs or DVDs containing educations presentations or musical ensemble recordings.   
    GPS/GIS in the Classroom & Community Integration of GPS and GIS technology in Hershey High School social studies classrooms to enhance students’ geographic sense of place and to allow students to actively collect and analyze demographic and geographic data from the community.
    Climate of Safety & CivilityA grant to the Community Task Force to create and host a public workshop in the areas civility and a safe and secure learning environment for all students
    Middle School Lap TopsThe purchase of 56 LAM Systems EEEPC 4G mini-lap top computers for use by Middle School students across curriculum areas.
    Kidbiz 3000A web-based reading program that improves literacy through differentiated instruction matching non-fiction reading content to individual student reading levels in the elementary school
    Middle School Lifetime FitnessThe purchase of cardio-fitness and strength-training equipment designed to promote lifetime fitness for middle school age students
    Yamaha Music Education SystemAn electronic keyboard system utilized in Middle School General Music classes.
    Memorial Field Lighting UpgradeThe installation of additional lighting to improve safety in the bullpen areas at Memorial Field
    Active ExpressionsA computer-based student response system that allows students to answer questions or share concepts on interactive display boards
    Service MemorialThrough a gift from the Hershey High School Class of 1956, a permanent memorial to graduates who have served in the armed forces has been installed at the high school
    Artist in ResidenceA program that allows students K-12 to work with a professional muralist and see public artwork evolve from design to completion