Northborough Education Foundation awards 2014 grants

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Northborough elementary schools received a grant for picture books. (l to r) Proctor School reading specialist Sylvia Pabreza, Zeh School reading specialist Mary Lincoln, Northborough Education Foundation President Marile Borden, Peaslee School reading specialist Jennifer Shields, and NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton.
Northborough elementary schools received a grant for picture books. (l to r) Proctor School reading specialist Sylvia Pabreza, Zeh School reading specialist Mary Lincoln, Northborough Education Foundation President Marile Borden, Peaslee School reading specialist Jennifer Shields, and NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton.

Northborough – The Northborough Education Foundation (NEF) announced the recipients of its 2014 Grants. Seven grants totaling $8,100 were awarded in September, and recipients included all the Northborough Public Schools as well as two community events.

The Robert E. Melican Middle School received funding for three iPads, which students will use along with augmented reality technology to create multimedia projects.

The Fannie E. Proctor School will utilize grant funding to purchase three iPads, which will give students and staff members flexibility in using them for whole-class, small-group or individual lessons across all curriculum areas.

Lincoln Street School will use grant funding to purchase a site license for their Project Based Learning project. The set of electronic Common Core aligned lessons offers weekly “exercises” for students in all grades K-5.

All four elementary schools received funding to purchase four sets of 49 different picture books and mentor texts. This project provides books to classroom teachers at the Marguerite E. Peaslee, Lincoln, Proctor and Marion E. Zeh schools in grades 3-5.

Algonquin Regional High School received funding to purchase equipment and supplies needed for their “Day of Change event, a day-long, anti-bullying initiative.

(l to r) NEF President Marile Borden; Andrea Hotchkin and Jason Lessard, Algonquin Regional High School; and NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton. The school received a grant for its anti-bullying initiative.
(l to r) NEF President Marile Borden; Andrea Hotchkin and Jason Lessard, Algonquin Regional High School; and NEF Treasurer Amy Staunton. The school received a grant for its anti-bullying initiative.

Northborough Reads Together – Community Reading Day once again received funding for new books for approximately 80 classrooms to be used by community members to read on Community Reading Day in April. This event brings all students pre-K through eighth grade together to celebrate literacy in a distinctive manner as guest readers from the town, business, and school communities visit the schools. The books selected to celebrate this event will be used for reading enjoyment and curriculum enhancement for many years.

Northborough/Southborough Children’s Book Award received funding for new books for a town-wide reading contest. The program is a cooperative venture among the school and public libraries in Northborough and Southborough. The program is for children in grades 3-5. In late November, the librarians vote on a list of 10 books to include as nominees for this award. Children have from mid-February until mid-May to read at least three of the books. Then the children vote for their favorite. The book with the most votes is announced the NSCBA winner, and the author is notified via letter.

The Northborough Education Foundation is a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization dedicated to provide the public schools and the community with resources necessary to improve curriculum, programs and services above and beyond the level supported by the annual school budgets. All qualifying donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. Donations can be made online at www.northboroughed.org or mailed to Northborough Education Foundation, P.O. Box 1094, Northborough, MA 01532.

For more information on NEF, email [email protected].

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