"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." Benjamin Franklin
The Fund's Mission
Learning has the power to change lives. The 21st Century Fund for Housatonic Valley Regional High School is a catalyst for innovative and enriching education. We enable teachers and students, both academic and vocational, to go beyond the classroom to find new sources of knowledge, creativity and inspiration.
Our board is comprised of volunteer educators and community leaders dedicated to fostering enriched educational experiences outside the school budget and "‘beyond the classroom.” We are funded by private donations and we have an endowment fund at Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation.
Dreams Can Happen
The dollars entrusted to us help make the aspirations of HVRHS students, teachers and clubs possible. Donations from our generous community allow us to support new clubs; the HVRHS Robotics, Envirothon, and Electric Car teams all received seed money when they were getting started. The trips to China, Germany, Panama, Canada and New Orleans which open our youth to life beyond the NW Corner received funding. Individual students and teachers can also receive grants to pursue their unique dreams and passions.
These are just some of the accomplishments donors’ contributions have generated during our first 20 years.
With Your Support:
Our donors and volunteers are our lifeblood. Every success, or good deed we've done, is the result of their gifts, support and commitment to our shared mission - to help our community become better informed, engaged and aware.
The Dimartino family of Sharon has strong ties to HVRHS: Donna grew up in the Northwest Corner and graduated from the school in the 1970s, and her son Stephen in 1990. But their strongest connection is through the late long-time principal, and founder of the 21st Century Fund, Jack Mahoney, For many years Jim worked with Jack’s wife at Sharon Hospital, and got to know and admire Jack. “Jack was keen on focusing more of our educational efforts on science and ny wife and I agreed that was going to determine the strength of our education in the coming years.” So when Jack came up with the idea for a science-and-tech center, the Dimartinos were eager to help out. “It’s great, to have a space dedicated to experimenting and learning by doing,” explains Jim. He and Donna have been donors to the 21st Century Fund since 1999.
For more information about who the 21st Century Fund grant procedures, policies and recipients click here. (The application and list of prior donors is at the bottom of the page.)
Together we can make things happen.
Together we can change lives!
Your support matters.
Most Recent Events
Treating 100 students to a 3D movie on Galapagos during August trip to CT Science Center in Hartford.
Launch of our new Ingenuity Competition
April 26th: Reception at Mahoney-Hewat Center for students and teachers from the 2017 China Trip
May 30th: HVRHS Civic Life Screenings at Noble Horizons