Marshwood Education Foundation Celebrates 10th Anniversary and Awards $12,183 in Fall 2018 Grants to Marshwood Schools
The Marshwood Education Foundation (MEF) supports innovation and excellence in the Marshwood school system. The goal is to provide funding for special projects that will enhance student experiences but are not included in the school budget. So far, MEF has awarded $193,000 to Marshwood School District’s teachers, administrators, and community members!
The MEF Grant Patrol Visited Marshwood Schools to Surprise Grant Recipients with Grant Awards and Checks on November 8th
Central Elementary School received a grant of $2905.00 for “A River Runs Through Us”. Pam Mulcahey, reading specialist at Central School, is the project leader for this grant that will be used to commemorate the 25th anniversary, (yes 25th!!!) of the Hike Through History, The teams at Central School, Marshwood Middle School and the Old Berwick Historical Society have developed a 4th Hike theme. This year’s Hike Through History will be held at Vaughn Woods and the Hamilton House. Presentations will highlight the role the Salmon Falls River had on the South Berwick community and history. This year’s Hike will include students from Central School, Marshwood Middle School, Eliot Elementary and Rollinsford Elementary School. The Hike will be held in May 2019.
Eliot Elementary School received a grant of $4000.00 for “Hometown Roots”. Ann Shishler, second grade teacher, will be the project leader for this grant. This grant provides seed money for a three year plan to extend student research and expand their mobile mural. Students will identify and talk with local elders and historians to investigate the history of Eliot Schools. Students will select narratives from their research and then will work with returning artists in residence to expand the existing mural. Students will develop a theater performance and will participate in a community service group of third graders that will research Eliot’s nine one-room school houses and design a map to highlight their locations.
In photo: Maureen Goering, Kelly Middleton, Vicki Stewart, Corie Cullen, Amy Rivard, Ann Shishler, Diane Reppucci, Devan Weber and Skip Cousens and students.
Great Works School received a grant of $2,948.00 for “The Cool AID Club (Academic Adventures in Disguise)”. Sara Allis, Great Works School reading specialist, will be the project leader for this grant. This project will provide enriching and engaging opportunities to students through community service learning and peer collaboration. The goal is to foster a sense of belonging and importance of community. This grant will provide background knowledge for students to help them improve their vocabulary, comprehension, writing and problem solving skills. Students will participate in weekly activities that include guest speakers, field trips, making and selling products, practical life skills and the opportunity for students to really connect with their community.
In photo: Debbie Brickett, Corie Cullen, Vicki Stewart, Sara Allis, Hilda Howell, Wendy Shaw, Jerry Burnell, Skip Cousens and students.
Central Elementary School received a grant of $2330.56 for “Check Out the Ukulele”. Kate Smith, Central School’s music teacher, will be the project leader for this grant. This grant will provide “ukulele kits” for the five Marshwood School libraries and the South Berwick and Eliot Public Libraries. These kits will be available for loan to students and community members. This will project will provide a unique learning tool for all students and members of the Marshwood community. The idea of using both our school and community public libraries as a conduit for this project is new and exciting.
Including in photo: Vicki Stewart, Skip Cousens, Kate Smith, Nina D’Aran, Hilda Howell and students.
More information about the Marshwood Education Foundation can be found at: ww.marshwood-education-foundation.org