The Westborough Education Foundation awards scholarships, grants

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Recipients of $24,000 in grants awarded by the Westborough Education Foundation (WEF) with WEF Board members Sue Baillargeon, vice president; Lisa Edinberg, treasurer; Maureen Johnson, president; and Linda Townsend. (Photo/submitted)
Recipients of $24,000 in grants awarded by the Westborough Education Foundation (WEF) with WEF Board members Sue Baillargeon, vice president; Lisa Edinberg, treasurer; Maureen Johnson, president; and Linda Townsend. (Photo/submitted)

Westborough – At a reception May 19, the Westborough Education Foundation (WEF) awarded 17 grants totaling over $24,000 for the 2015-2016 academic year. Each year the WEF funds grant requests from teachers and administrators for cutting-edge programs benefitting students at all levels.

“The Westborough Education Foundation helps propel innovation and creativity throughout the district,” said Daniel Mayer, Ed.D., assistant superintendent of the Westborough Public Schools. “Teachers are so honored to be recognized and supported as they try out their new ideas.”

Grant recipients were Guest Artist Series: Five O’Clock Shadow, Sarah W. Gibbons Middle School, Joe Stillitano; Make a Video: Amazing Animated Video Maker – GoAnimate, Gibbons Middle School, Mark McNeil, Julie Leach; Homework Helpers: Free Tutors,Westborough High School (WHS), Grace Cheng; Lights! Camera! Action! READ! J. Harding Armstrong Elementary School, Stephanie Stohr; Digital Design in the Visual Arts, WHS, Chris Martin; Ukuleles for the Elementary Music Classroom, Armstrong, Karin Puffer; A Pilot Study in Guided Math: A Framework for Differentiating Math Instruction to Meet the Needs of All Learners, Mill Pond School, Jenny Deane; The Thoreau Commons, WHS, Kathy Stoker and Anita Cellucci; Lego Simple and Motorized Mechanisms, Gibbons Middle School, Jane Borden; WHS Massachusetts Bar Mock Trial Program, WHS, Nick Soutter; Yoga 4 Classrooms, IMPLEMENT Leader Training, Elsie A. Hastings Elementary School, Lauren Kennedy and Leigh Becker; Feeding the Learning, Mill Pond School, Sheila Labriola and Diane Maguire; Engaging Reluctant Readers through Readers Workshop, WHS, Cheryl Tucker; Equal Voices: Promoting Gender Equality at WHS, Cheryl Tucker and Julie Matson; BioBuilder, WHS, JoAnne Purdy; Poet in Residence, Armstrong, Kelly White, Pamela Dunne, Patricia Marcus, Virginia Erwin, Janet Hart, Stephanie Stohr; and Annie’s Reading Stars Program Year 2, Annie E. Fales Elementary School, Maryann Stannard.

“The quality and range of grants applications this year speaks to innovation and continual improvement of our curriculum and instruction,” noted Westborough School Superintendent Amber Bock.

The WEF also recently announced the recipients of the 2015 WEF Scholarships, Westborough High School graduates Hannah Cayem and Harrison He. Cayem plans to attend Ithaca College’s School of Music, majoring in music education. He intends to study mechanical engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

The newly funded Westborough Education Foundation scholarships were established for Westborough High School students who exhibit strong leadership qualities, are passionate about learning and have demonstrated creativity and innovation.

For more information about WEF, their fundraising events and how to donate, visit www.westborougheducationfoundation.com.