A breakfast reception was held Tuesday, May 20, at the Willows to honor the grant recipients for the 2014-2105 academic year. The Westborough Education Foundation awarded 14 grants totaling more than $19,000.
Grant recipients include:
Homework Helpers: Free Tutors - Westborough High School
Lisons et parlons des sciences! (Read and Talk about Science)
Westborough High School
Yoga 4 Classroom to Empower Core Practices - Hastings Elementary School
Lauren Kennedy, Kim Keogh, Leigh Becker
Interactive Whiteboard Technology in the General Music Classroom
Mill Pond School
BioBuilder - Westborough High School
Annie’s Reading Stars Program - Fales Elementary School
Coming to America – Ellis Island Experience - Fales Elementary School
Kathleen Swanson, Patricia Gallo
A Longitudinal Study of Westborough High School Graduates: Year Five
Westborough High School
Functional Fitness at Gibbons Middle School - Gibbons Middle School
Nathan Jyringi, Sandy Robichaud
Clue: And Then There Were None - Gibbons Middle School
Denise Casale, Jennifer Nottingham
Book Club + Science = Fun - Gibbons Middle School
Museum in a Box: The Sequel - Westborough High School
Colleen Gormly, Ed Belbin
Poet in Residence - Gibbons Middle School
iPads in the Classroom - Mill Pond School
Erin Yablonski, Amy D’Avia
The Westborough Education Foundation is committed to fostering excellence and innovation in education in Westborough schools. Each year the Westborough Education Foundation funds grant requests from teachers and administrators for cutting-edge programs benefitting students at all levels. These grants allow teachers and administrators the opportunity to develop and implement innovative programs that are not covered by the regular school budget.
The money for grants is primarily funded through WEF’s annual fundraiser, The Trivia Bee which will be held Nov. 3, at 6:30 at the Doubletree Hotel in Westborough. Last year the event raised more than $16,000 to support educational grants to teachers and administrators from across all six of Westborough’s public schools. Another source of funding is the CARE program where parents can make a donation to WEF to honor and celebrate remarkable educators. As the end of the school year approaches, an easy way to show appreciation for teachers, principals and school staff members is to make a tax-deductible donation to the CARE program. Information can be found on the WEF website, westborougheducationfoundation.com. WEF relies on the generous support of individuals, families, organizations and businesses to help fund these grants.
The Westborough Education Foundation would like to thank the Willows for their hospitality, as well as the teachers and administrators who work with WEF supporting our mission to help enrich the curriculum and stimulate creative learning opportunities in all of the Westborough public schools. Congratulations to all the grant recipients!
Maureen Johnson, President of WEF said, “All of the hard work and effort put into the Trivia Bee, the CARE program and fundraising in general is so worth it when The Education Foundation can proudly award $19,255 to extraordinary teachers, who work above and beyond to enhance the educational experiences of children within the Westborough Schools. We are fortunate to have such a talented, hard-working staff within our school system. This is one opportunity where we can show our support for their creativity and dedication to the students in our community.”
Founded in 1997, the Westborough Education Foundation is an independent non-profit organization whose mission is to establish a permanent fund and to allocate funds to stimulate, support and strengthen the creation and implementation of innovative educational programs and enrichment activities which are outside the funding normally provided in the school budget. WEF grants benefit all students in the Westborough Public Schools system. Since its inception, WEF has awarded over $260,000 in grants that support programs ranging from innovative classroom technologies and curriculum to thought-provoking speakers and performances that benefit students in all grades. You can see a list of past grants on our website westborougheducationfoundation.org.
For more info, visit WEF’s website at westborougheducationfoundation.com.