Virginia Swihart was a beloved teacher and administrator in the New Haven Unified School District who nurtured and supported new teachers. She established the Virginia Swihart Fund to help beginning teachers with their classroom needs.

New teachers face the challenge of turning their first empty classroom into a warm and inviting place where students will enjoy learning. Essential elements are provided, but only established teachers have accumulated their own collection of educational displays, organizational tools, art supplies, and other items that personalize the space for their teaching style.

Each year, small grants from this fund provide gift cards that enable new teachers to purchase supplies needed to get started. Let us know if you would like to contribute to this fund and help a new teacher.