NEF Recent Grants March 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                       For More Information Contact:
March 4, 2013                                                             Edwina Kwan, (603) 886-5740

Nashua, New Hampshire

The Nashua Education Foundation recently awarded a series of grants to support innovative programs that enhance the education of Nashua School District students.  Schools that have successfully received grants include:  

  • Amherst Street Elementary School:  The music students in Kaitlyn Ballou’s classes at Amherst Elementary School will have the chance to study the clarinet this year.  The NEF provided funds for the school to purchase the instruments to add to the band program.
  • Dr. Crisp Elementary School:  Second graders at Dr. Crisp will have many more choices in their classroom libraries this year thanks to a grant from the NEF.  Teachers Catherine Kolar and Courtney Tomich needed books of varied levels and interests for their voracious new readers.  Sets of books will be purchased to encourage the students to find their favorite genre of literature.
  • New Searles Elementary School:  The media center at New Searles will jump into the 21st century with the addition of a set of NOOK® tablets.  The NOOKS®, which hold large volumes of the most up to date books, will allow students internet access for research topics without being limited to encyclopedias and reference books in the media center.     Teachers and students from all grades will use the tablets to access resources for all skill levels.
  • Bicentennial Elementary School:  The River Classroom Program is a collaborative partnership between schools, the Nashua River Watershed Association (NRWA), and Nashoba Paddler (canoe outfitters).  Funding from the NEF will allow Bicentennial fifth graders to learn from a NRWA environmental educator 4-5 times during the school year.  In addition, a day trip to either the Nashua or Squannacook River will allow students to paddle on the river for half of the day and perform on shore field investigations for the other half of the day.

Beth Kreick, Chair of NEF’s Grants & Programs Committee, commented on the latest round of grant awards:  “We are pleased to be able to provide funding for these exciting projects.  It is through the support of generous businesses and individuals from this community that we are able to do so.”

The Nashua Education Foundation has provided funding for programs at eight elementary schools, two middle schools and both of Nashua’s high schools.

The Nashua Education Foundation is an independent 501(c) (3) organization that provides resources to support innovative programs that enhance learning opportunities for Nashua Public School students. To donate to the Nashua Education Foundation, contact Tim Hogan at [email protected]. For more information, please visit

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