MELROSE (October 21, 2013) – The Melrose Education Foundation announces the availability of its first round of grant funding. Melrose Public School educators and staff can apply for grants online at www.oldsite.melroseedfoundation.org/mef-grants.
Grant applications must be submitted online by Friday, November 29, 2013 by 5:00 pm. Grant recipients will be notified by Friday, December 20, 2013.
“Melrose Public School educators have great ideas, and we are thrilled to be able to help them put those ideas into practice,” said Kim LaFontana, chair of the Melrose Education Foundation Grants Committee.
The grants can support professional development opportunities for educators, project-based learning initiatives, guest speakers, and other classroom activities that foster innovative practices to directly impact student learning. The Foundation urges all Melrose Public School educators and staff to visit its website www.oldsite.melroseedfoundation.org/mef-grants to review the application, guidelines, and scoring rubric before submitting an application.
“Educators are excited about the availability of these grants,” said Foundation President Lisa Lewis. “We’ve heard a wide range of ideas that promote creativity while advancing the district’s curriculum, from creating a garden to teach ecology and botany to funding project-based learning initiatives that empower students to think critically about solving today’s social and environmental problems. We look forward to receiving many applications from educators at all Melrose Public Schools — from the ECC through the high school,” said Lewis.
The Grants Committee is made up of a dedicated group of Melrose Public School administrators and educators, parents, and a representative from the City of Melrose’s Mayor’s office.
Last year, the City of Melrose Innovation Grants awarded approximately $10,000 in direct funds to Melrose educators to promote innovation in teaching and learning. This year, the Melrose Education Foundation will expand this program by partnering with the City of Melrose to distribute its $10,000 funding commitment along with additional funds privately raised by the Foundation.
“The Innovation Grants initiative, which began last fiscal year, was inspired by state and federal Race to the Top grants to spur innovation in the classroom. It was a tremendous success,” said Mayor Rob Dolan. “The launch of the Melrose Education Foundation is the natural progression of this effort that we hoped for, and is an example of city and school leaders, educators, and citizens partnering to support student achievement in new and exciting ways.”
The Foundation encourages parents to remind their children’s teachers about the availability of Melrose Education Foundation Grants and to urge them to apply.
For more information about the Melrose Education Foundation and to access the grant application, go to: www.MelroseEdFoundation.org/.