By on November 19, 2014

$19,000 donation will support grants to Melrose educators

 MELROSE – The Melrose Education Foundation is pleased to announce that it has received a $19,000 donation from the Zinck family’s Amazing Grace Golf Tournament to benefit Melrose Public Schools’ students and educators.

On October 10th, the Zinck family of Melrose held the 10th annual Amazing Grace Golf Tournament in honor of their daughter Grace, who is surviving and thriving with Trisomy 18. The proceeds from this year’s tournament were generously donated to the Melrose Education Foundation.

Cathy Zinck, mother of Grace, Brendan and Audrey, all students at the Roosevelt School, explained that the decision to donate to the Foundation was easy for her and husband Brian because their family experienced how even a small grant can make an big difference in the life of a child. Last year, Grace’s teachers received a grant from Amazing Grace Golf to pilot a non-phonics-based reading program. Grace is now reading on her own, thanks to the insight from her teachers and a modest amount of money.

“By making a donation to the Foundation, we hope other students can experience the same outcomes Grace did,” said Cathy.  “Our goal with the Amazing Grace Golf Tournament is to benefit many children and their families in Melrose, and partnering with the Foundation is a great way to make that happen.”

“Grace is truly an amazing young lady, and this is truly an amazing gift to the children of Melrose,” said Mayor Rob Dolan. “The Zinck family for generations has contributed in so many ways to our community, and to see Grace, Brendan, and Audrey continue in that tradition is no surprise. This contribution will change the lives of young people in our community in a substantial way, and on behalf of all the citizens of Melrose, we thank them.”

“We are so grateful for the generosity and leadership of the amazing Zinck family,” said Jen McAndrew, Foundation Vice President. “We look forward to working with Cathy and Brian to ensure that their donation will benefit Melrose students and educators this year and for many years to come.”

The Melrose Education Foundation launched in June 2013 and, in partnership with the City of Melrose, awarded $21,000 in grants to Melrose educators during the 2013-2014 school year.  The Foundation is poised to announce its next set of grant awards in late 2014.  The public can learn more and support the Foundation by volunteering or making a donation at www.MelroseEdFoundation.org.