Foundation Grants

The Heights Schools Foundation (formerly the Cleveland Heights High School Alumni Foundation) awards grants to fund worthwhile projects across the CH-UH City School District. Thanks to generous donations from alumni, businesses and other supporters, HSF is able to partner with the district to identify funding gaps and work to close them by making meaningful matches with donors. 

Your contribution to one of the funds below will directly provide education enrichment opportunities to current CH-UH students.

Interested in exploring the creation of a new fund? Contact Julianna Johnston Senturia, Executive Director of Heights Schools Foundation, at or 216/ 397-3871.

The Bradley Larson Music Education Fund*

Created in memory of Bradley R. Larson, class of ’05,  by his parents Brian Larson and Laurie Albright, this fund will help foster a love for music through support of music education in the CH-UH schools. Starting in elementary school Brad played the trumpet and later guitar and drums as well. Because his love for music began in early grades, the fund may make grants for any music education need at any grade level including: sheet music, guest musicians, travel for performances, uniforms or performance clothing, or to acquire instruments.

*Currently accepting donations

RoxArts in Tiger Nation*

RoxArts began as a partnership of the Roxboro Elementary PTA and school leadership under the name “Roxboro Enrichment Arts Program”, but has grown to support not only the original school, but the middle schools, and now, through ‘RoxArts in Tiger Nation,’ young students across the CHUH district.

RoxArts in Tiger Nation:  A Creative Arts and Sciences Fund supports enrichment opportunities to introduce elementary age students in the CHUH school system, K-5th grade, to a variety of forms of creative expression.  Recognizing the power of arts in education, RoxArts seeks to promote curriculum- integrated creative expression opportunities that have the power to build self-confidence, cultural and historical understanding, and improve cognition of core concepts. Supporting the unique culture of each school, projects may vary from school to school, and classroom to classroom. Projects that directly connect to identified curriculum themes, strands and topics are given highest priority.

*Currently accepting donations

Holocaust Education Grant*

Cleveland Heights High School’s Holocaust Studies program has long been known for its uniqueness and impact on the students who take it. Created in 2012, the fund is to be used by the Holocaust Studies program to attend lectures, visit museums and other education experiences and programs.

The first use of this fund helped students attend the World Federation of Jewish Child Survivors of the Holocaust Conference in Cleveland. Social Studies teacher Mark Sack, Class of ’76, and his students were joined by past Holocaust Studies teachers Dr. Leatrice Rabinsky, Sol Factor and Adrienne Yelsky Class of ’65 at this very special gathering of over 400 Holocaust Survivors (and descendants) from all over the world held at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Cleveland.

*Currently accepting donations

Opportunity Fund*

Great ideas don’t always come together in time for next year’s budget – or simply don’t fit into it. Sometimes, key needs arise during the school year that were not expected, or a special opportunity presents itself. The Opportunity Fund pools contributions from dedicated alumni and supporters to meet educational enrichment needs as they arise at anytime of the year. Support grants can be awarded both for co-curricular or classroom needs at any age level across the district, from Pre-Kindergarten through High School.

*Currently accepting donations

These wonderful projects were funded in February, 2018 thanks to generous contributions to the Opportunity Fund:

Eric Cohen, Fairfax
The teachers, administration, and PTA of Fairfax Elementary School are hoping to provide the fourth grade students of Fairfax Elementary School with an opportunity of their lifetimes to visit our state capitol this spring.  Students will be inspired by the roles of government and politics in our society, while they learn about the rich history of Ohio’s Statehood.

Toni White, Boulevard
I would like to purchase alternative seating options for my classroom. Some examples include a bicycle desk, exercise balls, wobble chairs, and bouncy bands. These options will promote better focus and attention to all students but especially those who have attention issues. “Physical activity is correlated with higher academic performance, better overall health, and improved behavior.  Studies have found that short bursts of movement in the classroom contribute to better on-task behavior, with the most improvement seen in children who were the least on-task initially. And offering changes in positions and movement opportunities throughout the day provide these short bursts of activity.”

Steven Warner, Heights High
My classes over the years have created an educational garden at the Delisle Center. We use the garden for lessons during the school day. As the garden and lessons continue to develop the garden is in need of maintenance. The funds for this grant would go towards materials to keep our garden alive.

Jackie Taylor, Boulevard
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History offers a speaker series.  We would like to bring in science professional speakers that align with the curriculum taught in grades K-5.  We want all students to be exposed to science professionals as we are a STEM school.  By bringing in the speakers, we are hoping that the students will not only gain a better understanding of the content being taught in the science curriculum, but also find that such careers are attainable to them.

Sherri Malek and Caren Golenberg, Gearity
Gearity first grade would like to hold a Read-a-thon as part of our capstone project.  Our Read a-thon is a fun evening where children read with their families and collect coins for their reading.    This event has not been implemented in a few years; however, we would like to bring it back.  This event is always successful.  The money earned will go into a fund called The Helping Hands Fund to help families in need.  The fund has helped families with food, gas, and clothes.  The  money from this grant will help us provide dinner, raffle prizes, and a STEM activity book. The Read-a-thon includes all subject areas.

Sara Friedel, District-wide
I would like to institute the Bal-A-Vis-X program with my occupational therapy students.  Our students who are currently receiving therapy services are seen for such a short period of time each week which can slow progress.  I would like to implement these exercises with my students that specifically work on balance, auditory, vision, full body coordination and sustained attention.  The grant would allow for me to send each student home 2 balls to complete exercises and a home exercise program.  It would be a way for the students to build upon their skill learned in therapy at home and progress with their goals faster.

Amy Statler and Dianna Neal, Heights Middle
Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is a pre-engineering design class.  Students are involved in project-based learning, designing and building prototypes.  Our most in-demand material is cardboard.  We would to be able to supply safe and effective tools that will allow students to build stronger structures and enhance their methods of construction.  The materials we would like to purchase are specifically designed for use with cardboard and mimic screws, nuts, and bolts, providing new ways that students build their prototypes.  The items we are requesting for our classroom are reusable, therefore they will be able to be used for students in PLTW through the years.

Mark Dougherty, Heights Middle
Take Back the Night is a rally and march that advocates for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault while educating the community about these issues.  I have been working with the Heights PTA, Heights High, and the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center to bring this event to CHUH as I had when I was at a different school.  For more information, please visit

Julie Walker, Boulevard
I plan to buy a class set of “People of Sparks” which is the second book in the City of Ember series.  We are currently reading book 1 and my students are devouring it.  It ties to our science curriculum – specifically Physical Science. We received copies of the first book from our PTA and the students love having books in their hands during read aloud.  They are more engaged.  Our read aloud time is during the transition between recess and math and I have to say it’s everyone’s favorite part of the day.

Sherri Bellini, Boulevard
I would like to have an Entrepreneur Fair for all our 4th grade students at Boulevard.  I want to have students make a budget, buy materials, create a product, advertise and then “sell” their product.  I feel that by getting students involved in this project that they will have a better understanding of what an entrepreneur does, which is one of the fourth grade standards. The grant would be used to buy materials for the student products and create equity by eliminating the need for students to purchase materials on their own.

O’Dasha Blue and Lisa Hunt, Heights High
Black History month festivities including the following:
– Blacks in science (3 Wednesdays)
– ALL district soul food dinner, karaoke, and game night
– Blacks in love (healthy relationship discussion)
– Historically black college panel (to discuss the importance of college and allowing students to explore historically black universities)
– Entrepreneurship panel (allowing students to explore the possibility of owning their own business)

Shu Hui Lin, Heights High
Chinese New Year celebration is a big event for Chinese programs in the CH-UH school district.  It has become an important event for high school, especially since we just started this tradition last year.  As a Chinese teacher, I try to find resources and opportunities for other subjects/teachers to merge with my Chinese lessons.  The learning target of the event is to share the Chinese culture, provide authentic materials for my students to experience, and to learn the Chinese language. Through this event, the principal, teachers, parents, and students in our school will come and learn about Chinese New Year. By sharing the Chinese culture and traditions, we open the minds of our students and increase an appreciation of the world in which we live.  All students are welcome to attend, and my Chinese students with cross-subjects students will perform Chinese songs, dance, and cultural activities.