By on March 6, 2015

Trying to teach electrical engineering without these kits would be like teaching a 16-year-old how to drive without a car.” 

— Betsy Giovanardi, Melrose High School

On Thursday, January 29, 2015, winners of the Fall 2014 Melrose Education Foundation grants and City of Melrose Innovation Grants were celebrated during an award ceremony at Memorial Hall.

Mayor Dolan challenged the public to support our schools and help turn the “sparks” created by Foundation grants into “a fire that lights up our community.”

Superintendent Taymore thanked Melrose Public School educators for going beyond their comfort zone to apply for grants that move the district forward and thanked the Foundation for its partnership, proclaiming that we are “here to stay.”

Two-time grant recipient Betsy Giovanardi, a Melrose High School educator who is teaching a new electrical engineering class this year, described how she was able to turn to the Melrose Education Foundation to fund electrical engineering kits that will inspire her students with hands-on, project-based learning. “Trying to teach electrical engineering without these kits would be like teaching a 16-year-old how to drive without a car,” she said, adding that her grant that was less than $500 will make a world of difference in her classroom.

Watch our January 2015 Grants Award ceremony video, courtesy of Melrose Massachusetts Television (MMTV). Hear from Mayor Dolan, Superintendent Taymore, and Educator Betsy Giovanardi on the impact your support is making in our schools and community.

Read more success stories about our grants.