Marshwood Education Foundation Grants
For more information on how to submit a grant application, contact Kate Doherty, MEF Grants Committee Chairperson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Grants Awarded in 2015
Marshwood Middle School Winter Guard — David Graichen, Marshwood Middle School, awarded $4,650
This project starts a Winter Guard program at MMS that will serve as a feeder program to MHS. The program will develop Winter Guard skills for younger Marshwood students and offer dancers and athletes another option outside of cheering and traditional team sports.
Spring Grants Awarded in 2015
We the People — Andrew Rowe, Marshwood Middle School, awarded $9,000
This project starts a “We the People” program at MMS. This program uses critical-thinking exercises, cooperative-learning practices and a culminating authentic performance assessment to teach the history and principles of constitutional democracy.
Score Composition Project — David, Graichen, Marshwood High School, awarded $3,000
This project would bring composer, Thomas Borgault to MHS to work with band students on creating an original score of music. The composer will work with students to create a piece that represents the students’ abilities, styles and interests. The students’ piece will be premiered at the May 2016 concert.
Fall Grants Awarded in 2014
Sticks and Stones — Brian Bergeron-Killough, Eliot Elementary School, awarded $5,000.00
Artist-in-Resident, Jeff Irwin and Skip Burnette, will provide a week-long workshop to students and staff at EES that teaches students tools and strategies to address bullying.
Transformative Media: Sustaining Marshwood Media, Year Two — Kate Smith & Bill Rogers, RSU35 District, awarded $7,500.00
Staff and Students will work together under mentorship of Bill Rodgers to create student-produced broadcasts and documentaries that capture school and community events.
A Land Without Borders: Central School Students as Citizen Scientists — Kate Smith, Central Elementary School and Marshwood Middle School, awarded $1,200.00
Award money will be used for the purchase of an outdoor antenna to enable students the ability to monitor the outdoor classroom environment. University of Southern Maine (USM), professor, Jeff Beaudry, will model the use of new, earth science system tools that will collect data and provide students a global perspective.
Instrument Tutoring — David Graichen, Marshwood High School, awarded $2,000.00
The MHS band director will use the award to bring in local professional musicians to teach students individually on their instruments. The goal is to foster relationships between students and musicians and provide guest conductors to lead band.
Spring Grants Awarded in 2014
Walking Classroom — Lori Girouard, Marshwood Great Works School, awarded $2,550
The Walking Classroom is a school literacy and fitness initiative that simultaneously combines literacy and health as students increase their physical activity and build area content knowledge, while addressing different learning styles. Students of all levels will be able to enjoy the same lessons and therefore will be more likely to participate in follow-up activities and discussions. Teachers can further differentiate these activities to accommodate their students’ learning styles and needs. Students are active learners as they walk, listen, and learn.
Hawkbotics — Keith Barron, Marshwood Middle School, awarded $2,099.50
Hawkbotics is a program that is designed to lead middle school students into the fields of robotics, engineering, technology, and leadership. This unique program will be built off of a mentorship with the Great Works School allowing students to progress from mentee to mentor to finally group leaders. Program will run throughout the school year and include participation in the Maine State Robotics Track meet.
Similarity Awareness — Christine Bisson, Eliot Elementary School, awarded $1,000
Eliot Elementary School will host Northeast Passage for a week long Similarity Awareness Program exploring similarities of all people regardless of disability. Students will participate in a presentaiton, wheelchair sports and debrief session over the course of a week. NEP has conduceted Adapted Rec Sports since 1990 throughout New England with over 10,000 school age children.
Fall Grants Awarded in 2013
5th Grade Robotics — David Whelan JR. & Elizabeth Higgins, Marshwood Great Works School, awarded $4,199
MEF funding will be used to purchase Mindstorm robotics kits separate from the after school programs as well as from alternative energy projects. The technologuty will be used to enhance the exploration of STEM in all 5th grade classrooms. The LEGO Mindstorms system from FIRST was selected because of the research. All classes will solve hands-on engineering problems. One hope is that because this will be done IN classes all of the 5th grade girls will be engaged in the robotics lessons that this will translate to an increase in participation by girls in the after school robotics and other STEM activties.
Ukelele Club — Brian Bergeron Killough, Eliot Elementary School, awarded $900
The establishment of a Ukulele Cub requires the purchase of 20 ukeleles for the musc room at EES. The group will consist of 2nd and 3rd graders that meet once/week outside of music class. Meetings will focus on the skills necessary to play the instrument and the joy of making music together. The experience would culminate in performances at school assemblies and community events.
Central School Cares — Kate Smith, Central School, awarded $4,900
Central School CARES is an antibullying campaign for students, staff and community that focuses on kindness and acceptance and teaches skills to avoid potential bullying. Funds would be used for a 7 day all school Sticks and Stones residency with musician Jeff Erwin.
Little Free Libraries — Jenn Bogard, Central School, awarded $1,000
Local arts, Shane Chick will work with Central School students to design and create two little free libraries. Students will help decide where to locate the libraries around the towns of South Berwick and/or Eliot. Families can take a free book to keep, or they can leave a book, raising literacy for all citizens. The concept is from littlefreelibrary.org and we hope this will inspire even more little free libraries. Funds will go toward supplies and artist fees.
Central School Jr. FIRST — John Wiegert, Central School, awarded $2,245.60
Youth teams will work closely with STEM mentors after school to build a challenge related model using LEGO bricks and motorized moving parts. Children will research a real world problem, collaborate to solve it and create a “Show Me” poster to share how they solved the problem. In addition to promoting STEM skills for youth, this project will focus on Jr LL core values of team work, independent problem solving skills, respect and kindness. Funds will be used for Jr FLL base kits, registration fees, for 4 teams of 6 = 24 students. Great in-kind volunteer time!
Spring Grants Awarded in 2013
Marshwood Media — Vicki Stewart, District, awarded $7,500
Vicki Stewart of Central School was awarded a $7,500 media grant to provide opportunities for staff and students from all five district schools to create student-produced broadcasts and documentaries to capture and highlight current events, successful projects, ongoing work, and historic events within the Marshwood schools and community.
Fall Grants Awarded in 2012
Eliot Elementary School: A 21st Century Twist to Nurture Reading Achievement — proposed by Joanne Hoerth, Ann Shisler, Christal Villemaire, Reading Intervention teachers – Awarded $1,227.80
The reading intervention teachers will use their grant to use web-based resources (RazzKids and Reading A-Z) for maximizing student achievement in the area of literacy. The use of online subscriptions to these programs would provide families with another opportunity to partner with school staff to develop and strengthen literacy skills in their students.
Marshwood Great Works School: Choice Books –- proposed by Susan Goettlich, Reading Specialist– Awarded $2750.
This project will provide opportunities for disengaged readers to assume the role of reader as book researcher, book spokesperson, book selector and book promoter for the school, essentially creating a student book choice award program.
Marshwood High School: Hawks Outdoor Leadership Development — proposed by Scott Patch, Health and Wellness Teacher – Awarded $3,132.
HOLD is a student lead group that began last year and provides all students the opportunity to experience the outdoors. They will establish a partnership with the Marshwood Great Works School to provide their fifth grade students with mentors leading up to and with them at Pinkham Notch.
Spring Grants Awarded in June 2012
Marshwood High School Science Club — Sara Cathey, Science Teacher, awarded $2,900
The MHS Science Club will use its MEF grant to buy supplies for a variety of new projects. Science enthusiasts will be involved in projects including alternative energy production such as windmills and bio-fuels, chemistry pursuits, robotics, rockets, aquaculture, and many other areas of science. The money will also help students to participate in the Windstorm Challenge at University of Maine, Orono.
The overall goal for the Science Club is to provide a place for students who enjoy science to meet outside of normal class time and to pursue science topics that interest and excite them. The topics students have chosen to pursue thus far are topics that are not covered in MHS classes. All of the projects, and future projects that Science Club students are interested in focus on innovation and the engineering design process.
Digital Annotation — Jeff Rosinski, Marshwood High School, awarded $7,100
Benefit Advanced Placement (AP) Literature and Composition classes for many years to come. The grant will provide for the purchase of 40 kindles, cases, and supplemental texts to be used to closely measure students’ engagement in serious literature.
Fall Grants Awarded in 2011
From The Ground Up — Kate Smith, Central School, awarded $1,500
Work with Ruth Baker, Jane Cowen-Fletcher and other community volunteers to develop a cookbook and guide for successfully creating an outdoor classroom and hoop house garden project. Students will create their own recipes to be included in the book as well as develop creative ways to document the creation of the outdoor classroom.
Standing and Swinging — Beth Werker, Marshwood Middle School, awarded $2,243
Purchase six Stand and Swing desks. These innovative desks allow students to either stand or sit and swing their legs while learning. By offering students an outlet for their excess energy, these desks help students stay focused on learning. Each student in Mrs. Werker’s classes will get an opportunity to try the desk and give their feedback.
Revitalizing Local History Education — Nina Maurer, District, awarded $5,000
The current Hike through History program will be greatly enhanced. MEF will grant $5000.00 to purchase new tour artifacts and pay for the services of a curriculum planner. This grant will provide new local history resources to teachers, develop a program for teaching middle school students who help present the hike material, and create an online Hike through History resource.
Spring Grants Awarded in 2011
MGWS Robotics Program — Grace Jacobs & David Whelan, Marshwood Great Works School, awarded $2,439
This program, organized in three 10-week sessions, offers 36 students each year a chance to work cooperatively to assemble and program LEGO Mindstorm robots. Exposing students to this type of program teaches them the relationship between hardware and software. Students will use Lego Mindstorm kits to construct the robots and laptop computers to program their robots. This activity will be open to all MGWS students by a student/parent application.
Small Moments Travel Great Distances — Susan Goettlich, Marshwood Great Works School, awarded $3,125
Bring author/illustrator Jane Cowen Fletcher to the school to help implement the Lucy Calkins writing program. All students and teachers will participate in this creative writing and illustrating project. Each child will have the opportunity to produce a picture book and then share his or her book with students at Central Elementary School and Eliot Elementary School.
MGWS Fitness Trail Enhancement — Lori Girouard, Marshwood Great Works School, awarded $1,139
Add three workout stations — a balance beam, parallel bars, and pull-up bars, as well as distance markers along the trail. These stations will be welcome additions to the already popular fitness area, and will enhance the school’s Physical Education program.
Fall Grants Awarded in 2010
Outdoor Classroom and Hoop House — Kate Smith, Central School, awarded $4,000
The landscape restoration at Central School will give the students an opportunity to learn about the joy of interacting with nature. This project also gives the students a chance to work with the high school Garden Club in planting, caring for, and harvesting vegetables in a hoop house. The grant will fund a portion of what is over a $25,000 project.
Wild Things! — Kristina Schultz, Central School, awarded $593
Designed to compliment the Outdoor Classroom project, this week-long program will give all students at Central School an opportunity to work with artist-in-residence Cynthia Robinson. Ms. Robinson will work with students on art projects centered around the school landscape and wildlife. Along with a $1,500 donation from the PTO, the grant covers the costs of the week.
One School, One Book — Tami Schoff, Marshwood Middle School, awarded $2,000
Improve reading achievements by providing a carefully selected book to each middle school student’s family and the entire MMS staff. Each participant will follow a calendar of reading, answer trivia questions, and be encouraged to participate in open discussions about the book. The goal of this shared reading experience is to increase literacy awareness and promote the benefits of reading at home.
Six Purple Empowerment — Keith Barrow & Lynn Walker, Marshwood Middle School, awarded $2,000
Promoting team building, self-confidence, and positive relationships with peers are among the goals of a trip to Camp Merrowvista in New Hampshire’s Ossipee Mountains. All members of the sixth grade Purple team at MMS will have the opportunity to take part in this trip, as well as attend follow-up events in school that will reinforce skills learned at the camp.
Spring Grants Awarded in 2010
A Whale of an Integrated Arts/ Marine Science/ Community Partnership — Rhonda Mann, Marshwood Great Works School, awarded $3,000
Use ocean literacy as the context for teaching 5th grade science, and integrates fine arts, language arts and social studies in a curriculum built on a partnership with the Seacoast Science Center.
Yoga 4 Classrooms — Colleen Beausoleil, Eliot Elementary School, awarded $2,500
The school-wide program uses yoga-based practices to enhance learning readiness, fitness and productivity, and focuses on wellness for both students and teachers.
Fitness Trail — Mark Taggart, Marshwood Great Works School, awarded $3,000
The funds will be used to build a 2,000-foot long fitness path which will support the school’s physical education program, wellness goals, and community-building initiatives.
Happy Birthday Eliot — Ann Shisler, Eliot Elementary School, awarded $600
Support the school’s local history curriculum by funding a song-writing residency with local musician Sammie Haynes, and creating an opportunity for all students to be involved in the town’s bicentennial celebration in August 2010.
Fall Grants Awarded in 2009
Solar Panel Demonstration — Jeff Gardiner, Marshwood High School, awarded $1,500
The funds allowed Gardner and the school’s Recycling Club to purchase three 80W photo voltaic panels for the school’s greenhouse, enhancing the energy curriculum as well as feeding electricity to three science classrooms.
Junk 2 Funk — Kate Smith, Central School, awarded $1,500
Bring local artist and educator Jeff Erwin to the school for a six-day residency in which all students will create and play original music using instruments made from recycled materials, learning about the creative and technological aspects of performance art, environmental science, and the science of sound.
Personal Fitness Expansion — Shelley Smith, Marshwood High School, awarded $1,000
Purchase two Wii Fit systems in order to provide alternative, individualized exercise activities.
School Garden — Emily Stauffer, Marshwood Middle School, awarded $1,000
Buy tools and a greenhouse, enhancing the life science curriculum, and cultivating awareness, skills and values relating to personal health, community and the environment.
Smart Music Computers — David Graichen, Marshwood High School, awarded $2,600
Fund the purchase of two iMac computers that provide on-screen feedback to students, and audio recordings to teachers, to improve student performance and assessment in the music program
Geocaching Club — Nina D’Aran, Central School, awarded $870
Support the purchase of four GPSs, assisting the Club’s mission to enhance third grade mapping skills, and promote outdoor education.
Document Reader — Katie Gilpatrick, Marshwood Middle School, awarded $930
Purchase a document camera and projector, allowing teachers to share instructional materials and student work more effectively and efficiently