PTO Grants

Thank you to all Heath community members that submitted proposals for the 2022 Spring Grant Cycle. We received 35 grant proposals! It was wonderful to see how each supported the primary mission of the Heath PTO, which is to promote the best possible education and educational environment for Heath School students. We have reviewed the proposals and sent out grant decisions by email. See the list of approved grants below. We will open up a new grant cycle in the fall.

The Heath PTO leadership and grants committee work with Dr. Sevelius to approve as many proposals as possible, adhering to District spending guidelines and the PTO Bylaws.

Please contact the Heath PTO (contact@heathpto.org) with any questions or feedback.


Overview of Heath PTO Grant Cycles
Cycle Fall Spring
% of Annual PTO Budget ~10% ~30%
Cycle Opens End of October End of April
Proposals Due Mid November Mid May
Proposal Results Sent Early December Early June
Projects Carried Out Winter & Spring of Current School Year Next School Year

PTO Grants Awarded in Spring 2022

Thank you to all the community members that submitted a proposal. Your ideas to improve our school and your motivation to see them through help make our Heath community one that continues to grow and thrive.

Thank you to the Grants Committee, which included Heath parents Matt Belisle, Mike Mello, and Eli Silk, Heath principal Asa Sevelius, and Heath parents and PTO leaders Kathryn Murphy and Chis Weeks. We appreciate you volunteering your time to consider each proposal carefully.

  1. Competition Books! Massachusetts Children's Book Awards, the Brookline Mock Caldecott, & the Cook Prize (Lindsay Anderson)
  2. Dad’s Read (Debra Morales, Ben Page, German David Martinez)
  3. Diverse and Inclusive Biographies for Third Grade (Rachel Hayashi)
  4. Heath RISE Classroom Materials (Theresa Girardi, RISE Teacher)
  5. Heath School Model UN (Elyse Terry)
  6. Lights for the Heath Auditorium (Lisa Yuen Rhoads)
  7. METCO Connections Special Activities (Karen Shashoua)
  8. Metco Girls Book Club (Debra Morales)
  9. Middle School Math Classroom (Melissa Gordon)
  10. Mindfulness in 7th and 8th Grade Health (Jeannine Schroder & Katie Goldring)
  11. Mindfulness in 5th and 6th Grades (Jeannine Schroder)
  12. Music Director/Accompanist - Spring Musical (Alison Kerr)
  13. Rainbow Club and GSA Support (Ellen Mills)
  14. Reflecting AAPI Lives & Experiences: Books for K-2 Classrooms (Karen Shashoua, on behalf of all the K-2 teachers)
  15. Reflex Math Grant (Jennifer Harty and Tatiana Beckwith)
  16. Research Supporting the School Name Change (Karen Shashoua)
  17. SCCC (Kirtan Patel)
  18. Science Supplies (Mark Goldner)
  19. Second Step: 4th Grade Curriculum (David Chaet)
  20. STEAM Projects (Heath's Innovative Makerspace) (Matt Durant)
  21. Stepping Into Community (Sara O'Shea)
  22. Summer Reading for Teachers (Asa Sevelius)
  23. Supplies for Adjustment Counseling Office / Counseling Groups (Carolyn Magnanti)
  24. Support for School Pet "Hawk" (Asa Sevelius)
  25. The 4th Grade Book Awards (Vanessa Ouellette)
  26. West African and Japanese Drumming Workshops (Karen Shashoua)
  27. World Map Bulletin Board (Lisa Yuen Rhoads and Yen-Lin Chen)
  28. Young Scholars Program Workshops (Karen Shashoua)

PTO Grants Awarded in Fall 2021

Thank you to all the community members that submitted a proposal. Your ideas to improve our school and your motivation to see them through help make our Heath community one that continues to grow and thrive.

Thank you to the Grants Committee, which included Heath parents Matt Belisle, Mike Mello, and Eli Silk, Heath principal Asa Sevelius, and Heath parents and PTO leaders Kathryn Murphy, Kathleen Meehan, and Chis Weeks. We appreciate you volunteering your time to consider each proposal carefully.

  1. Art on the Wing (Hockensmith)
  2. Books for 2nd Grade Unit on Community and Maps (Shashoua)
  3. Castle of our Skins: Celebrating Black Artistry Through Music (Huntley)
  4. Grant for Physical Education Equipment for K-8 (Stewart)
  5. Heath School Model UN (Terry)
  6. METCO Connections Middle School Meetings (Shashoua)
  7. Pineapple Project Performance (Koocher)
  8. Sensory Supports for Students with Special Needs (Dillon)
  9. Student Council Initiatives (Patel)
  10. The 4th Grade Book Awards (Ouellette)

PTO Grants Awarded in Spring 2021

  1. Mindfulness for 5th and 6th Graders
  2. Gardening at Heath School
  3. Heath t-shirts for all 2021/2022 incoming kindergarteners
  4. Summer Reading Books for Staff
  5. Mindfulness in 7th and 8th Grade Health
  6. NASP Convention Boston 2022
  7. Staff Spiritwear
  8. Tenacity Challenge (Academic Competition)
  9. World Language Bulletin Board
  10. Massachusetts Children's Book Award
  11. Book Award Programs
  12. Science Supplies for 7th and 8th grade
  13. Climate Change in the High Arctic
  14. Heath's Maker Space for STEAM Projects
  15. Rainbow Club and GSA Support
  16. Zones of Regulation- School-wide social emotional support
  17. 3rd Grade Second Step Curriculum
  18. Specialized Reading Professional Development for Special Education Staff
  19. Autism Resources for Heath
  20. METCO Connections Special Activities
  21. Young Scholars Program Workshops
  22. West African and Japanese Drumming Workshops
  23. Dad’s Read
  24. Metco Girls Book Club
  25. Abstract Thinkers (previously Sitting at the Table)
  26. Books for K-2 Classrooms
  27. Basketball Hoops PE Grades K-8
  28. Equipment for PE Grades K-8

The 2022-2023 Heath Hawk Fund is open. Please consider making a donation today!

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Why support your PTO?

The Heath Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) is a parent-run group that organizes and funds dozens of initiatives and enrichment programs for our children at Heath. Join other parents in helping make your child's school an excellent one!