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Westport Schools Create $50K Innovation Fund For Student, Faculty Projects

Westport Schools have created a $50,000 Innovation Fund for student and faculty projects that have the promise of positive impact.
Westport Schools have created a $50,000 Innovation Fund for student and faculty projects that have the promise of positive impact. Photo Credit: File

WESTPORT, Conn. – Westport Public Schools has established an Innovation Fund with $50,000 available for students, faculty and staff projects that encourage new ways of thinking and doing that are not constrained and have promise of a positive impact.

“Innovation and creativity are integral components of the core beliefs of the Westport Public Schools and our community at-large. Our goal is to inspire the imagination of our students, faculty, and staff to think out-of- the-box and pursue new ideas that make a difference in the lives of our students and our work. We are eager to foster this important work and learn from it,” said Superintendent Colleen Palmer.

“No great organization remains static and still continues to thrive over time. It is this purposeful nurturing of an ongoing culture of creativity that allows Westport Public Schools to remain on the cutting edge of educational excellence.”

Westport Board of Education Chairman Michael Gordon added, “This year, for the first time, we budgeted for an Innovation Fund to foster new ways of thinking and to encourage new ideas. We expect this to be a first catalytic step for bringing innovative initiatives to benefit our students.”

“We are looking at solving problems in new and better ways, and hope to see ideas that would not normally be considered part of our typical educational offerings. We have incredible talent on our team and there is already a buzz of enthusiasm and excitement about this opportunity,” said Julie Droller, Director of Elementary Education.

Innovation Fund grants are available to students, faculty, and staff of the Westport Public Schools. For more information and to apply for a grant, click here . Grant applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis awarded until the $50,000 Innovation Fund is depleted.

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