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2017 Westborough Education Foundation Awards Grants

Westborough Education Foundation Awards Grants

A breakfast reception was held Tuesday, May 9th at the Willows to honor the grant recipients for the 2017-2018 academic year.  The Westborough Education Foundation awarded 17 grants totaling over $21,000.   "The Westborough Education Foundation helps propel innovation and creativity throughout the district.  Teachers are so honored to be recognized and supported as they try out their new ideas."  Daniel Mayer, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent  Westborough Public Schools.

It was fitting that the Ed Foundation awarded 17 grants totaling over $21,000 on National Teacher Appreciation Day! Maureen Johnson, president of WEF, commented, “We are fortunate to have such a talented, hard-working staff within our school system. This is one opportunity where WEF can show our support for their creativity and dedication to the students of our community.  It is our pleasure to award grants in a variety of disciplines across all grades to these extraordinary teachers and students, who work above and beyond to enhance the educational experiences of children within the Westborough Schools.  I think you will find these ideas and programs a tribute to the quality and dedication of teachers who search for novel approaches to engage students in learning.”

Grant recipients for the 2017-18 academic year include:

Moving and Learning

Hastings PreSchool: Cheryl Goodale, Kimberly Weldon


Best Buddies Leadership Conference

WHS:  Thomas Jacob, Angelina Corazzini


Glockenspiels, Sound Shapes and Fun for All!

Fales:  Pam Yanco


Prepare, Practice, Present!

Mill Pond: Anne DiBona


Narrative Writing Residency for Third Graders

Armstrong: Kelly White


Equal Voices: Promoting Gender Equality at WHS

WHS Cheryl Tucker, Julie Matson, Elizabeth Hopkinson


Ukulele Musicians Visit K-3 Schools

Fales: Karin Puffer, Jessica Matthews, Pam Yanco


You’ve Got a Friend in Me

Armstrong: Michelle Casciano


WiSE @Gibbons

Gibbons: Lisa Greenwald, Shreya Chowdhary


Mill Pond School Makerspace

Mill Pond: Dee Kohler, Alison DiFiore


The Mission Style Grandfather Clock

WHS: Bill Parsons


Creating a Middle School Robotics Class

Gibbons: Dr. Daniel Mayer


Mountain Dulcimers for the Elementary Classroom

Hastings:  Karin Puffer


The Artists Workshop: Picturing Writing, Immigration Stories

K-12: Maeve Hitzenbuhler


Google Summer Book Clubs

Mill Pond: Kate Roberts, Kristin Robertson


Technology as a Second Language: Integrating Technology for English Language Learners

K-3: Melissa Vanswol, Latisha Broomfield, Anna Souza


Summer Stories: Stopping the Sumer Slide

PK-6: Kristin Robertson


The Westborough Education Foundation is committed to fostering excellence and innovation in education in Westborough schools.  Each year the 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.  "WEF funding does more than just provide dollars for projects.  It is a process that inspires and rewards creativity and innovation.  The celebratory awarding of a grant from WEF sets in motion new experiences in the classroom for both students and faculty, “ said Amber Bock, Superintendent of Westborough Public Schools.  "The quality and range of grants applications this year speaks to innovation and continual improvement of our curriculum and instruction."

The money for grants is primarily funded through WEF’s annual fundraiser, The Trivia Bee which will be held November 6, 2017 at 6:30 at the Doubletree Hotel in Westborough . 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, www.westborougheducationfoundation.com

The Westborough Education Foundation would like to thank Mike Quirk and the Willows for their hospitality, as well as the teachers, administrators and parents 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!

Founded in 1996, 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. You can see a list of past grants on our website westborougheducationfoundation.com