$27,000 in Grants Awarded; Public Ceremony Is January 27, 2015
MELROSE, MA (December 7, 2014) – The Melrose Education Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded over $27,000 in grants to Melrose Public Schools educators during its Fall 2014 grants cycle. The Foundation made the awards in partnership with the City of Melrose, and the grants will directly impact students at every school in the district, from the Early Childhood Center through Melrose High School.
Grants will support professional development opportunities, expanded curriculum materials, Saturday sessions for Advanced Placement (AP) students and educators, inquiry-based learning, and new technology pilot programs.
Recipients were notified on November 25, 2014.
“We saw truly innovative proposals from Melrose educators in this crop of applications,” said Kim LaFontana, co-chair of the grants committee. “These included an elementary-level global education program to AP classes for humanities students at the high school.”
The Foundation received 30 grant applications from educators totaling over $56,000 for this competitive fall grants cycle. The $27,000 awarded is a 50% increase over last fall’s $18,000 grant round. Some grants were funded in full, some were partially funded, including several pilot programs, and some grant requests were not able to be funded.
“On behalf of the Board of the Foundation and our Grants Committee, I thank every educator who applied for a grant, the City of Melrose for its strong support, and all our donors who made this happen,” said Foundation President Lisa Lewis. “We are thrilled to award grants that will support innovative teaching and learning at every school in Melrose, and we look forward to hearing about the many positive results of the programs, materials and pilots funded this year.”
“The success of the Melrose Education Foundation Grants is an amazing testament to the hard work of all those involved with the Foundation and our public school system,” said Mayor Rob Dolan. “The quality of all the grant applications and the amount of money raised by the Foundation speaks volumes about our community and our educators.”
Fall 2014 grants include:
In addition to these grants, the Foundation will once again be funding a two-day professional development opportunity for MVMMS and High School educators in the summer of 2015. These programs have been highly successful and very well attended during each of the previous two summers, and last year the program was extended to include newly hired educators in August. The Board of the Melrose Education Foundation has voted to continue to fund this initiative each summer outside of the competitive grants process.
This grant round was made possible by donations from community members; the strong partnership and financial support of the City of Melrose, which made available $10,000 in grant funding; a generous contribution from the Amazing Grace Golf Tournament; and local business and corporate donations.
The recipients of this year’s grants will be honored during a public ceremony at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 at Memorial Hall in Melrose, and the public is invited to attend.
The Melrose Education Foundation launched in June 2013. Since then, the Foundation has awarded over $48,000 in grants, including the awards announced today.