The Franklin Education Foundation (FEF) has awarded 13 grants totaling $24,874 for the 2013-2014 school year to teachers who represent all educational levels in the Franklin public school system. These teachers will be recognized on October 22, 2013 during the Franklin School Committee meeting held at 7:00 p.m. at the Franklin Town Hall.
Since its inception in 1997, the FEF has awarded approximately $300,000 in grants. A committee composed of FEF representatives and teachers 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” stated Kit Brady, President of the Franklin Education Foundation and Chair of the Grant Review Committee.
This year’s recipients are: Franklin High School – Ann Butler, FHS Science Café; Jane Hogan and Brenna Johnson, Artistic cultural installation in the new FHS; John Leighton and Mark Brady (Horace Mann Middle School), USB turntables for conversion of historic records; and Maria Weber, Binoculars for home-based astronomy.
At the middle school level, recipients are: Horace Mann Middle School – Mark Brady, Rocketry club and educational program; Mark Brady, Rob Vacca, and Trishia Metrick, Settlers of Catan - Middle School History; Erin O'Leary, School-based audio book library; Nicole Wright and Nancy Schoen, Composition commission for middle school combined symphonic band; Shawn Fortin, Expansion of middle school “virtual” online courses; Remington Middle School – Janet Chitty, Nonfiction reading library for English language arts, social studies, and science.
At the elementary school level, FEF awards went to Jefferson School – Kris Carter, Enhancing the Grade K-5 Health Curriculum with Interactive Activities; and Parmenter School – Jean Wolf, K-5 Exemplar Texts; Tricia Capaldi, Educational Materials for Before/After School Academic Support Clubs.
Two yearly events, Casino Night and a Trivia bee, as well as an annual fund campaign, provide much appreciated support from businesses, families and organizations for the FEF grants. To see a list of programs the FEF has funded over the years, visit www.franklined.org. The Franklin Education Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit organization. All gifts are fully tax deductible.