By on April 24, 2015

Melrose Ed Foundation Awards Spring Mini-Grants: All schools Receive Grants

MELROSE, MA (April 24, 2015)—The Melrose Education Foundation is proud to announce that $5,200 in spring mini-grants have been made to Melrose Public Schools educators. Grants were awarded to all schools, from the Franklin ECC through Melrose High School.

This was a competitive grant round. During the two-week period of availability, the Foundation received a record number of applications totaling over $9,000 for about $5,000 available.

“We received 34 applications for support from across the Melrose Public School district, and we were very pleased to see such strong interest from so many educators on behalf of their students and their schools,” said Grants Co-Chair Kim LaFontana. “We congratulate the recipients and thank every educator who took the time to apply.”

Among other things, the spring 2015 mini-grants will:

  • Fund professional development opportunities for several educators at the elementary and secondary levels, including: Strategies for Assisting Students with Learning Disabilities; Increasing Student Comprehension of Rigorous Texts (grade 7 ELA); and Executive Function Strategies in the School Setting.
  • Expand access to primary source materials, essays, and multimedia materials for US History students at Melrose High School.
  • Support a new, in-demand civics course available to all 8th graders at MVMMS.
  • Expand advanced ELA options for students in grades 3-5, both during the school day and after school.
  • Help MVMMS educators improve student focus and performance by funding an innovative pilot program in “active seating.”
  • Support project-based learning, including geography materials for 6th graders, Solar Robot Kits at the Winthrop School, and curriculum-based gardening projects at the Roosevelt School.
  • Help build proficiency in early math concepts by funding age-appropriate math-based story books at the ECC.
  • Support positive behavioral approaches and social thinking curriculum materials for social workers and educators at the elementary level.

“These grants are a testament to the many great ideas that Melrose educators have for improving teaching and learning in their classrooms,” said Foundation Vice President and Grants Co-Chair Jen McAndrew. “They would not be possible without the generosity of the families, local businesses and organizations that support the Foundation with their donations and volunteer time.”

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