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What is HEF?

The Holland Public Schools Educational Foundation is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation, established in 1984 to provide community and business support for the children of Holland Public Schools. Funds raised are distributed through semi-annual grants to the teachers/staff of Holland Public Schools.

Fundraising Efforts:

Each year, HEF raises funds through twice-yearly letter campaigns. We also occasionally sponsor fundraising events - please check here for the latest details.


Donations to HEF are tax deductible. If your company has a matching-funds program, please enclose paperwork and double your support. You may also make your donation to the Holland/Zeeland Community Foundation, earmarked to the HEF Endowment or Founding Fund.


Mail contributions to: HPS Educational Foundation, 320 W 24th St., Holland, MI 49423


Donations may be made by credit card using our online PayPal account. Click the "donate" button on the upper right of the page.

What We Do:

Each year, HEF makes it possible for Holland Public School teachers to go beyond conventional budgetary limitations by providing funds for the purchase of supplementary technology, and creative and innovative learning materials and experiences. Every HEF grant awarded must contribute directly to student motivation and learning.


Addtional Ways to Contribute:

We also participate with AmazonSmile.


  • AmazonSmile is an online shopping site that donates .5 percent of your qualified purchase every time you shop. Go to and designate Holland Public Schools Educational Foundation in the charity line.


Grant Spotlight
"VR Headsets Provide Immersive Experiences"

Holland Middle School Teacher Bill Boerman received a summer HEF initiative grant to purchase a classroom set of virtual reality headsets. He received additional headsets through a matching grant from Verizon...


"Graphic Novels for Our Classroom Library"

Graphic novels are becoming increasingly popular with teens; the colorful illustrations and interesting topics make them high ­interest books in my classroom. Additionally, graphic novels are especially enticing to students ...


"Books on CD"

Many of my students are English language learners and hear primarily another language spoken at home.  Having students have yet one more way to hear fluency...



       The purchase of the Sensory Room materials has made a significant impact in our students with special needs. When implemented, these activites help the children stay calm, focused, and ready to learn!

— Ann Exo-Thompson, East K-7



       This year, the Intro to Robotics class bas been blessed to receive two grants from HEF for the purchase of a classroom set of VEX Robotics. Because of HEF, all students are now able to work with state of the art equipment on a daily basis. I am very grateful to the community and the HEF for providing the funds to make this possible. 



— Glenn DeRitter, Holland High School

       One thing that made this project worthwhile was seeing my juniors and seniors, many of whom haven't finished a book during high school, read a number of books this year.



— Allison DeYoung, Holland Early College

     My project was simple but so important! The 30 new books on CD are being used daily by my kindergarteners in their literary stations. They are thrilled to have new books/CD sets and it is wonderful to have been able to hand-select high interest, age-appropriate books.


— Kirsten Oonk, Holland Heights


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