Melrose Ed Foundation Awards $3,000 in Mini-Grants

By on May 19, 2014

Awards fund summer professional development opportunities, technology purchases, new tools for classroom assessments, and curriculum materials.

MELROSE, MA (May 17, 2014) — The school year may be coming to a close, but educators in the Melrose Public Schools are already planning for next fall. To support their planning and professional development this summer, the Melrose Education Foundation is pleased to announce nearly $3,000 in mini-grants to educators across the MPS system.

“Through informal feedback and focus groups held last year, educators told us that the spring is a time when funds are depleted, but classroom needs are high and planning is underway,” said Lisa Lewis, president of the Foundation. To help fill this need, last month the Melrose Education Foundation announced the availability of mini-grants to Melrose Public Schools staff.

Grant Awards
In total, the Foundation has awarded 12 mini-grants to educators at all levels – from the Early Childhood Center through Melrose High School. The mini-grant awards will fund summer professional development opportunities (online and in-person), technology purchases, new tools for classroom assessments, and curriculum materials to enhance ELL and special education programs, math fluency, elementary literacy, and the foreign language learning.

“We are very pleased to award this round of grants and are encouraged by the strong interest across the district,” said Kim LaFontana, Grants Committee Chair. “The awards run the gamut – from a document camera at the Lincoln School to professional development courses to non-fiction reading materials for AP-level French at Melrose High School.”

More on the Grants
Following its successful round of grants to educators this fall, the Foundation made these smaller grants – of up to $300 each – available to support professional development, technology, curriculum materials, and classroom-based projects that enhance curriculum. Many high-quality applications were submitted; demand was so high that the rolling award cycle was closed by early May.

Please visit http://oldsite.melroseedfoundation.org/grant-recipients/ to see the full list of this year’s grant awards.

About the Foundation
The Melrose Education Foundation is a nonprofit organization that raises private funds to provide grants for initiatives that will enrich curriculum and offer opportunities that are beyond the reach of the district’s budget. The Foundation also partners with the City of Melrose and the Melrose Public School District to sponsor community forums on topics of interest in education.

The Foundation depends on the strong support of individual donors and corporate partners, as well as a dedicated group of volunteers. To learn more or make a donation, visit oldsite.melroseedfoundation.org, follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MelroseED and on Twitter @MelroseED.