About Us

The Edward Hopkins Educational Foundation was founded by members of the Hopkins Academy 350th committee. It is named after Edward Hopkins, a former governor of Connecticut during early colonial times, who left money in his will to several New England settlements to begin schools for the education of their children. Hopkins Academy was founded with Hadley’s share of his bequest.
The Foundation’s mission statement states that its purpose is to “seek to enrich the educational experiences of the students in the Hadley Public Schools.” This goal will be met by providing grants to teachers for a project and/or activities that cannot be funded through the normal school budget process.
During the summer of 2016 the Foundation gave out its first grants, one to Hadley Elementary and one to Hopkins Academy. Hadley Elementary purchased a variety of books and materials for their library. Hopkins Academy purchased a 3-D printer for their library. In December of 2016, we awarded a grant to Hadley Elementary to be used for the purchase of playground supplies for the students to use during recess. We also awarded a grant to Hopkins Academy to be used for professional development so that the teachers can receive training in how best to incorporate the use of the 3-D printer into their curriculum.
The Foundation has an ongoing fundraiser. It is the sale of commemorative bricks for the sidewalk located in front of the gazebo on the grounds of Hopkins Academy. This area is named “Academy Lane.” If you haven’t yet visited the site, please do so. You will see bricks that have been purchased to honor community members and Hopkins alumni. For information on purchasing a brick, contact Judy Rodak Pelis at 413-537-9779 or at judypelis[at]yahoo[dot]com.
We appreciate your support.

 

Our Mission

The Edward Hopkins Educational Foundation seeks to enrich the educational experiences of the students in the Hadley Public Schools.


What We've Achieved

  • Hadley Elementary purchased a variety of books and materials for their library. - 2016
  • Hopkins Academy purchased a 3-D printer for their library. - 2016
  • Awarded a grant to Hadley Elementary to be used for the purchase of playground supplies for the students to use during recess. - 2016
  • Awarded a grant to Hopkins Academy to be used for professional development so that the teachers can receive training in how best to incorporate the use of the 3-D printer into their curriculum. - 2016
  • Awarded a grant to Hadley Elementary to pay for consumable supplies used in the S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) lab.  This lab provides all students and teachers the opportunity for hands on learning that aligns with the current curriculum standards. - 2017