JOY SQUADS Spread Joy in our Schools!

JOY SQUADS Spread Joy in our Schools!

Re-energizing our Hartford Public Schools families with play, fun, and reflection!


As part of the ongoing district-wide Project Joy/Proyecto Alegria activities, HPS conducted in-person “Joy Squad” activities during the week of May 23, 2021. The Project Joy committee brought music and giveaways to the schools listed below, in coordination with the school Principals. The objective of Project Joy is to engage in fun and enriching activities with students and families. So far, the district has hosted six events open to all students and families.

Joy Squads visited Hartford Pre-K at Burns School,  Hartford Pre-K at Global Communications Academy, Bulkeley Upper and Lower Schools, Renzulli Academy, Classical Magnet School, and Betances STEM Magnet and Burr Middle School.

The Hartford Public High School Choice Presents "Happy!"

The JOY SQUAD Playlist!


Hartford Performs Virtual Performances

HPS provided 5 free virtual experiences for all ages on Wednesdays with our community partner, Hartford Performs!

April 7 Dance Rebecca Thomas A Palo Seco Flamenco Company WATCH HERE:
Flamenco! The Dance, Music, & Culture of Southern Spain with A Palo Seco Flamenco Company
April 21 Storytelling Andre Keitt Greatheart Griot Andre Keitt 2PM

Watch Andre Keitt’s hilarious storytelling of “Abiyoyo” here!


“Dreamers” Performance with Andre Keitt

May 5 Tai Chi/Meditation Anne Marie “Jedda” Williams K LA RUE Educational Arts in Motion Enjoy this wonderful Tai Chi and meditation experience with Jedda Williams over and over!  Scroll down to see more amazing Project Joy Wonderful Wednesday events coming soon!
May 19 Music Lance Kamau James Lance James Productions Enjoy this joyful session about making your own musical instruments at home with Lance Kamau James!  Kids!  Ask your families if you can can borrow pots and pans and wooden spoons. Look around the house for buckets and around the yard for sticks!!
June 2 Kim Bridges At our free musical event for all families and students on Wednesday, June 2 at 6:00 PM, Kimberly Bridges’ troupe, The Gifted Onez presented a lesson on how to do the Corvette, Corvette Dance!  It was so fun and was part of a series brought to you by HPS Project Joy and Hartford Performs.   If the video is not visible below, please visit:

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From Plate to Palette: Friday, April 23: An Art and Food Event for Families:

HPS provided take-out dinners for 300 families at 8 local, participating restaurants followed by a Virtual Paint Night art experience for all grades on Friday, 4/23/21!


Dance Experience for Students and Families with Rey Bermudez: Saturday, March 6, 2021, 2:00 PM
Hartford Public Schools provided a free VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE with our community partner, Hartford Performs!  Watch the video at


Family Fun Packs Dinners: Friday, March 5, 2021, Dismissal Time
HPS provided Family Fun Dinner Packs for 250 families!

We are sharing the social media posts of our families enjoying Project Joy events here.

Share your joy with us and other families on social media with the hashtag #HPSProjectJoy. And tag us!
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Thanks for sharing this post of #HPSProjectJoy’s recent virtual Dance Experience for Students and Families with the district’s long-time partner Hartford Performs and Rey Bermudez!

Posted by Hartford Public Schools on Tuesday, March 9, 2021