Friday, December 15, 2017

Franklin Education Foundation Announces the 2017-2018 Grant Awardees

The Franklin Education Foundation (FEF) has awarded 14 grants totaling $28,310 for the 2017-2018 school year to teachers in the Franklin Public School (FPS) system. A committee composed of FEF representatives and FPS staff read all proposals through a blind review process and selected the recipients.

“Consideration was given to need, innovation, impact, and integration with other school programs when selecting applications for funding. These 14 grants will provide needed funding for innovative programs at the Early Childhood Development Center, elementary, middle and high schools”, stated Kit Brady, Ph.D., Chair of the FEF Grant Review Committee.

This year’s recipients at the Early Childhood Development Center are: Kelty Kelley, Parent/guardian lending library update; and Christine Duggan, Student engagement/learning activities on the playground.

At the elementary school level, recipients (lead applicant listed first) are: District-wide - Mary MacMurray, Jamie Barrett, Allison Fuller, and Brian Gustafson, 5th grade elementary ukulele program (Year 2); Jefferson Elementary School – Victoria Saldana, Greg Tang family math night kits.

At the middle school level are: Remington Middle School – Ingrid Ahlberg and Suzanne Roma, Program to update and reorganize the middle school book room (Year 2); Amanda Christopoulos and Kyle Duguay, Improving students’ cardiovascular endurance via rowing machines; Tulani Husband-Verbeek, Book club with author visits (Year 3); Jane Pichette and Jeff Chaffee, Interdisciplinary program to create a mosaic art installation (Year 2); and Dan Chase and Susan Richards, Video production studio; Annie Sullivan Middle School - Carol Allen and Daniel Kelley, Astronomy Club.
FEF Announces the 2017-2018 Grant Awardees
FEF Announces the 2017-2018 Grant Awardees

At Franklin High School are: Ron DiBona, 40% Club (aka the FHS Happiness Club); Carolann Tebbetts, Panthers' pride painting project; Patricia London and John Menard, Enhance the summer reading program via New York Times bestseller access; and Patricia London, Karen Alves (Franklin Senior Center), Caleigh Ross (Franklin Public Library), Intergenerational (FHS and Franklin Senior Center) book group with author visit via Skype.

Since its inception in 1997, the FEF has awarded over $375,000 in grants to FPS. Yearly fundraisers such as November’s Harlem Wizards basketball game, the annual Trivia Bee, as well as an annual fund campaign, provide much appreciated support from businesses, families, and organizations for the FEF grants. 

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The Franklin Education Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization. All gifts are fully tax deductible. New members are always welcome – see our web site for an application or email:

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