The Nashua Education Foundation is starting to make its impact felt in city schools.

Nashua Telegraph
March 20, 2011

Pennichuck Middle School Outdoor Club at Roby ParkNASHUA – The newly formed nonprofit organization made its first minigrant this month, $250 to Pennichuck Middle School. The money will be used to support the school’s outdoor club’s mapping project.

The project is a partnership with the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. Students and staff are using GPS devices to map new hiking trails at Roby Park.

The grant will fund transportation and incidentals for the trips to the park.

Pennichuck Middle School Outdoor Club at Roby ParkMarianne O’Connor, a guidance counselor at the school, wrote the grant. The Board of Education formally accepted the grant last week.

The foundation is the brainchild of several local education advocates, including former Board of Education member Edwina Kwan. Ronald Kraus, president of the organization’s board of directors, said the foundation would provide grants ranging from $250-$1,000 to teachers based on the quality of applications.

The foundation has started with $30,000, funding provided by members of the group’s board of directors, but has been reaching out to the community to help support its mission.