The Gloucester Education Foundation awarded the Gloucester Public School District $143,000 for programs for the 2013-2014 school year as part of GEF’s Fall funding cycle.
Pictured from left to right are Dr. RIchard Safier, GPSD Superintendent; Christina Raimo, GEF Executive Director; Maggie Rosa, GEF President; and Jonathan Pope, Gloucester School Committee Chairman.
September 26, 2013…Gloucester, Mass.— The Gloucester Education Foundation (GEF) has awarded a total of $143,000 in funding to the Gloucester Public School District (GPSD) for a variety of programs at all of Gloucester’s seven elementary, middle and high schools for the 2013-14 school year. GEF’s Board President, Maggie Rosa, and Executive Director, Christina Raimo, made the check presentation to the District at the September 25 meeting of the Gloucester School Committee.
Among the programs being supported through GEF’s funding this year are:
· a new “wet lab” at the O’Maley Innovation Middle School to provide students with hands-on experiences in studying the life sciences;
· the week-long Summer Engineering Adventure, which sent 40 Gloucester students to explore the laboratories on the Cambridge campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
· scientific field studies, ballroom dance instruction, and drama productions at all of Gloucester’s elementary schools;
· the addition of a ShopBot® digital router to the Cabinet Design & Innovation program at Gloucester High School;
· a new District-wide visiting artist program;
· Soundfields® amplification systems for all elementary Grade 2 classrooms;
· summer preparatory classes for students taking advanced-placement courses in chemistry, English literature and composition, history and economics;
· the O’Maley Afterschool Program;
· participation by Gloucester High School teachers in the Building Learning Communities Conference, held in Boston in July and the May 1 education forum held in Gloucester.
“GEF is pleased to be able to provide this level of support to the Gloucester Public School District for enriching and innovative programs that stimulate learning in all of Gloucester’s students. While this award represents the lion’s share of GEF’s sponsorship for 2013/2014 we will be providing additional grants in the spring. ” said Dr. Rosa. “We are so fortunate to have the support of our very generous community, which makes all of these programs possible,” she added.
Gloucester Education Foundation is a nonprofit community-based 501(c)3 organization that is made up of individuals who are committed to maintaining a culture of excellence within the Gloucester Public School District. GEF works with educators, school administrators and with other organizations to generate support for programs and practices that will inspire and excite a sense of learning and exploration among all students. Since its founding in 2005, GEF has provided more than $2.7 million for programs in the Gloucester Public School District.