Desiring to be clearer about its mission to partner with Andover Public Schools, the Foundation announced a name change today from Andover Advantage Foundation to The Foundation for Andover Schools. The Foundation has also enlarged its vision. According to Foundation President Brice Lowe, the Foundation’s commitment to an expanded giving platform now includes larger districtwide projects in addition to teacher grants.
The Foundation will fund the Innovation Academy project, which will transform 10 Andover school libraries into modern-day technology/media centers. It will also help fund Capturing Kids’ Hearts, a national initiative and immersive experience that models and teaches social skills like a handshake or greeting someone by name. Already in half of Andover schools, Capturing Kids’ Hearts is designed to increase appropriate behavior in the classroom and strengthen connectedness between students and students and teachers.