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Westborough Education Foundation Awards Grants

posted May 24, 2013, 5:54 PM by Lisa Edinberg   [ updated Sep 3, 2013, 11:22 AM ]

A breakfast reception was held on Tuesday, May 21st at The Willows to honor the grant recipients for the 2013-2104 academic year.  The Westborough Education Foundation awarded 11 grants totaling over $21,000As Kim Martin-Girard, President of WEF addressed the crowd, she said, “It is so nice to be able to stand up here and be able to give out money instead of asking for money.”

Grant recipients include:

·         Cooking Up Cultural Connections: Family Book Club – Hastings Elementary School

o   Cindy Hodgdon, Sheila Plifka, Eileen Harvey, Lauren Kennedy, Sara Neilson

·         Mountain Dulcimers for the Elementary Classroom – Fales Elementary School

o   Pam Yanco, Valerie Clemans-Castilla

·         Bringing Multi Modal Teaching to the Next Level – Mill Pond Intermediate School

o   Rachel Stanton

·         Poet in Residence – Gibbons Middle School  

o   Deb Lemothe, Linda Kimball

·         Library Learning Connections – Westborough High School

o   Anita Cellucci

·         The Power of Resilience – Westborough High School

o   Ceil Parteleno

·         WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) – Westborough High School

o   Maria DeVuono-Homberg

·         Bringing the Museum to the Students – Westborough High School

o   Colleen Gormley

·         Poetry Power – Westborough High School

o   Kathy Stoker, Anita Cellucci

·         App-titude matters – Westborough High School

o   Kit D’Angelo-Carley

·         Robotics – Westborough High School

o   Maria DeVuono-Homberg, Louis Lung

The money for these grants is primarily funded through WEF’s annual fundraiser, The Trivia Bee. Last year the event raised more than $16,000 to support educational grants developed by teachers and administrators from across the district. Another source of funds 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.

The Westborough Education Foundation would like to thank The Willows for their hospitality, as well as the teachers and administrators who attended this event.  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 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 $200,000 in grants that support programs that benefit students in all grades.