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April 17, 2017
For Immediate Release

WESTFIELD FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION AWARDS MORE THAN 15K
IN GRANTS TO WESTFIELD CLASSROOMS
Twelve Grants Awarded to Elementary, Middle and High School Projects

Westfield, MA Westfield Foundation for Education (WFE) completed its annual grant cycle by awarding more than $15,000 to 12 projects in schools across the City.

“WFE received many excellent grant applications this year from almost every school,” said WFE President Janine Queenin. “Because of community support, we funded $15,000 in grants to provide innovative learning opportunities for Westfield schoolchildren. We’re thrilled to fund so many great projects.”

Projects were funded at the elementary school, middle school, and high school levels with grant awards ranging from $280 to $1,500. WFE grants will fund a variety of activities, including a new Archery program at Westfield Technical Academy, a GeoCaching program and club at South Middle School, a 3rd grade garden at Munger Hill Elementary School, and a Master Jazz class for music students in middle school and high school.

“Teachers have embraced our mission of fostering excellence in the classroom through creative learning,” said Mrs. Queenin. “WFE grants fund projects outside of the school budget, bringing unique experiences to the classroom. The kids are the real winners here.”

(WFE) is an all-volunteer organization, established in 2013 with the goal of providing Westfield schoolchildren with robust, challenging educational experiences in mathematics, sciences, athletics, and the humanities.

Through privately raised funds, WFE awards grants to teachers and community members inspired to bring innovative school-based projects to Westfield schools. The grant program serves the entire school district and is available in all 12 of the City’s public schools.

WFE continues to seek volunteers from the community who are interested in supporting Westfield Public schools. Visit www.westfieldfoundation.org for more information about volunteering or donating funds.

2016-2017 WFE Grant Recipients:

Elementary School Grants:

Munger Hill Elementary School: WFE will fund a garden project and collaboration between a 3rd grade classroom and Westfield Technical Academy’s Horticulture program. The project includes a visit to the WTA beehives and Horticulture shop.

Southampton Road School: The grant will fund outdoor science tables where kids will learn about the natural world through fun and educational hand-on experiments.

Middle School Grants:

South & North Middle School: WFE will help fund a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC for students who participate in the after school art club at NMS and SMS.

South Middle School: Grant funding to start a new GeoCaching program and club at SMS.

South Middle School: Students in the English as Second Language program will visit Nature’s Classroom in Becket for a hands-on learning experience.

High School Grants:

Westfield High School: The WHS PE department will use grant funding to update the Adventure Education program which teaches team-building, problem-solving, and critical thinking.

Westfield High School: The WFE Art Department will work in collaboration with the Opioid Task Force to launch “Caps for Cause,” a fundraising effort where students create unique works of art to auction off in support of the Task Force.

Westfield Technical Academy: The WTA PE Department will use funds to start an archery program at the school.

Westfield Technical Academy: The grant will help fund a visit by Allied Health Students to the Ether Dome Museum at Massachusetts General Hospital where students experience simulated operating room procedures. 

Multi-School Collaboration

WHS, WTA, SMS, NMS: The Jazz Improvisation Project at the City’s high schools and middle schools will allow music students to participate in a master jazz class. Students who participate will take part in a city-wide performance on International Jazz Day.

WHS, WTA, SMS, NMS: Young writers across the district will have the opportunity to participate in the Youth Writing Adventure at UMass Amherst. Students attend writing seminars and workshops with an opportunity to be published through the Western Mass Writing Project

District-Wide Grants:

District-Wide: Band students in grades 5 -12 will participate in workshops and mentoring programs that culminate in a citywide “It’s Band-Tastic” performance

 

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December 15, 2015
For Immediate Release

WESTFIELD FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION AWARDS MORE THAN 17K IN GRANTS TO WESTFIELD CLASSROOMS
Sixteen Grants Awarded to Elementary, Middle and High School Projects

Westfield, MA Westfield Foundation for Education (WFE) completed its 2015 grant cycle by awarding more than $17,000 to sixteen projects in schools across the City.

“WFE received many excellent grant applications this year from almost every school,” said WFE President Amber Danahey. “Because of community support, we funded $17,000 in grants to provide innovative learning opportunities for Westfield schoolchildren. We’re thrilled to fund so many great projects.”

Projects were funded at the elementary school, middle school, and high school levels with grant awards ranging from $450 to $1,500. WFE grants will fund a variety of activities, including a new robotics team at South Middle School, an interactive Civil War Experience at Westfield High School, a fruit garden at Westfield Technical Academy, a sewing program at Westfield High School Transition Program, and a school-­‐wide project recreating 17th and 18th century Colonial Westfield at Munger Hill Elementary School.

“Teachers have embraced our mission of fostering excellence in the classroom through creative learning,” said Mrs. Danahey. “We received double the number of grant applications this year, and we tripled the amount of funding to Westfield classrooms. The kids are the real winners here.”

(WFE) is an all-­volunteer organization, established in 2013 with the goal of providing Westfield schoolchildren with robust, challenging educational experiences in mathematics, sciences, athletics, and the humanities.

Through privately raised funds, WFE awards grants to teachers and community members inspired to bring innovative school-­‐based projects to Westfield schools. The grant program serves the entire school district and is available in all 12 of the City’s public schools.

WFE continues to seek volunteers from the community who are interested in supporting Westfield Public schools. WFE will hold its second annual trivia night fundraiser in March 2016. Visit www.westfieldfoundation.org for more information about volunteering or donating funds.

2015 WFE Grant Recipients:

Elementary School Grants:

Munger Hill Elementary School: WFE will fund a school-­‐wide program recreating 17th and 18th century Colonial Westfield through classwork in social studies, ELA, math, art, music, technology, physical education, and health.

Abner Gibbs Elementary School: The grant will fund a school-­‐wide program using science, literacy, mathematics, and technology to teach the students about the ocean and marine life.

Papermill Elementary School: WFE will fund “Panther Pride” a school-­‐wide project to teach students about conservationism and global activism through literacy, science, and social studies.

Middle School Grants:

South Middle School: WFE will help fund a new robotics team at the school. The program will generate student interest in science, math, and technology.

South Middle School: The grant will fund a drama workshop and school-­‐wide performance of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.

South Middle School: The WFE grant will fund a new African & World Drumming Program at the school.

North Middle School: Grants funds will be used for an afterschool library program that encourages student extracurricular involvement and helps instill a love of literature.

High School Grants:

Westfield High School: The grant will fund a cross-­‐curriculum Civil War experience incorporating U.S. History, ready, writing, biology, and algebra.

Westfield High School: WFE will fund the “Empty Bowls Project.” This project is a collaboration between the arts department and food department to educate students about issues of hunger in the community and raise funds for local families in need.

Westfield High School: WFE’s grant will support a health and fitness initiative for students.

Westfield Technical Academy: WFE will provide the seed money needed to start a new instrumental program at the school.

Westfield Technical Academy: The grant will help fund a collaborative project between the Horticulture and Culinary Arts students. The Horticulture students will plant fruit crops in an unused, poorly maintained area outside of the school, with the resulting crops used in the Tigers Pride restaurant.

Westfield Technical Academy: The grant will support students in the Allied Health Shop through a hands-­‐on program involving people with visual disabilities.

Westfield High School Transition Program: The grant will fund a community partnership between the school and Westfield Creative Arts. Students will receive vocational training in sewing and business experience selling the finished products.

The Russell Road Program: WFE’s grant will support students through painting and art programs.

District‐Wide Grants:

District­‐Wide: Band students in grades 5 -­‐12 will participate in workshops and mentoring programs that culminate in a citywide “It’s Band­‐Tastic” performance at the 2016 Into the Art Festival.

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October 30, 2014

For Immediate Release

WESTFIELD FOUNDATION FOR EDUCATION AWARDS MORE THAN 5K IN GRANTS TO WESTFIELD CLASSROOMS
Eleven Grants Awarded to Elementary, Middle and High School Projects

Westfield, MA   Westfield Foundation for Education (WFE) completed its 2014 grant cycle by awarding more than $5,000 to eleven projects in schools across the district.

“We received many excellent grant applications from nine of the City’s schools,” said WFE President Amber Danahey. “It’s all about providing innovative learning opportunities to Westfield schoolchildren. This year’s applications were well-planned, creative and fostered excellence in the classroom. We are happy to fund so many great projects.”

Projects were funded at the elementary school, middle school and high school levels with the average award $480. WFE grants will fund a variety of activities including the Starlab Portable Planetarium at Juniper Park Elementary School, a multi-year art/mural project at the Vocational High School and an afterschool book club at North Middle School.

The WFE grants program takes the place of “Westfield Help Its Public Schools” (WHIPS) grants established in 2008 through the Volunteer in Public Schools (VIPS) program.

“VIPS is delighted to see the growth of this program with the involvement of the members of the Foundation,” said VIPS Coordinator Barbara Trant.

“The grant program is open to all Westfield schools. Our long-term goal is provide funding opportunities to special projects and academic programs at all of the city’s twelve schools,” said Mrs. Danahey. “We’re just getting started.”

2014 WFE Grant Recipients:

North Middle School: Massachusetts Children’s Book Award Book Club.

Russell Road School: Therapeutic Art Program.

Munger Hill Elementary School: “Build Our Kid’s Success” Global Fitness Initiative.

Munger Hill Elementary School: Food Allergy Awareness Assembly.

Westfield High School: “Pride and Prejudice” an Interactive Presentation by a Regency Era Woman.

Westfield High School: Digital Art for AP Art Classes.

Franklin Avenue Elementary School: Science MCAS Stage Show.

Highland Avenue Elementary School: “The ABC’s of Dr. Seuss” presented by Springfield Museum on the Go.

Juniper Park Elementary School: First grade art collaboration with the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

Juniper Park Elementary School: Starlab Portable Planetarium presented by Springfield Science Museum.

Westfield Vocational Technical High School: Multi-year and multi-shop collaborative mural project.

(WFE) is an all-volunteer organization, established in 2013 with the goal of providing Westfield schoolchildren with robust, challenging educational experiences in mathematics, sciences, athletics, and the humanities.

Through privately raised funds, WFE awards grants to teachers and community members inspired to bring innovative school-based projects to Westfield schools.

The grant program serves the entire school district and is available in all 12 of the City’s public schools.

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