NEF Recent Grants July 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                       For More Information Contact:
July 26, 2011                                                             Lisa Law, Communications Chair (603) 566-6109

Nashua, NH—The Nashua Education Foundation announces awarding $6,470 through June 2011 to enhance the classroom experiences of students throughout the Nashua School District.   Five elementary schools, all three middle schools and both high schools received grants this spring.

The goal of the Nashua Education Foundation is to enhance the quality of education in Nashua by funding projects that the school district wouldn’t ordinarily fund.  Awards were given toward the following projects:

-The SOAR Program-Students Off and Running at Fairgrounds Middle School, which exposes incoming students to middle school structure and philosophy.
-A document camera for integrated learning for The Next Step for Effective Instruction at Birch Hill Elementary School.
-Native American Drum kits for a 3rd Grade Native American curriculum at Main Dunstable Elementary School.
-Science materials for First Grade Furs at Bicentennial Elementary School.
-The Ripple Effect at Nashua High School South, which is a collaboration between High School student writers, singers and artists and The Nashua Symphony Association, experienced NH composers and former NH Poet Laureate, Marie Harris.
-Helping start Junior FIRST Lego League at Ledge Street Elementary School.
– A document camera for Magnifying Math at Amherst Street Elementary School.
-Non-fiction books for classrooms at Fairgrounds Middle School.
-Snowshoes for a mapping project for the Outdoors Club at Pennichuck Middle School.
-Storyteller workshop with Simon Brooks for the Public Speaking Class at Nashua High School North.

“We are thrilled to provide resources for these outstanding projects in our first year as a Foundation,” says Edwina Kwan who helped spearhead the work of the Foundation and is a member of the Board of Directors.  “We look forward to building on the success of our first year and continuing to support projects in our schools that wouldn’t ordinarily get funded through the school district.”

“Our goals for the Nashua Education Foundation are to attract financial support from corporations and individuals to provide innovative and creative experiences for students in the Nashua School District, says Dr. Ronald Kraus, chairman of the Foundation’s Board of Directors.  “The partnership between the foundation and its donors creates an exciting and meaningful synergy in the educational experiences of our students.  This has been an exciting year for all involved and we are looking forward to what we can provide in the years to come.”

“We are grateful for the Foundation’s support this spring with these ten projects across all three levels of schools in our District,” says Robert Hallowell, President of the Nashua Board of Education.  “The Foundation’s inaugural grants bring great encouragement to our teaching staff and students.  At the same time, they serve as a first step into what we look to be a longstanding and fruitful relationship with the Nashua Education Foundation.”

To donate to the Nashua Education Foundation or apply for a grant, please visit www.nashuaeducationfoundation.org for more information or contact Beth Kreick, a member of the Nashua Education Foundation Board of Directors and chair of its grants committee, at (603) 595-0812.

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