About Westford Education Foundation
Over the past 20 years, we have given more than $400,000 back to the Westford community in the form of educational and professional development grants for the schools. Every school in the system has been positively impacted by the work WEF has done. In turn, our work is made possible through the generosity of our corporate partners and individual supporters who share our same commitment to excellence in education.
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What is WEF?
Westford Education Foundation (WEF) is an independent non-profit organization that promotes innovative educational initiatives and champions life-long learning. We do this by building a wide community of support, fostering ideas, channeling resources, and funding exceptional learning programs. Specifically, WEF awards grants for innovative projects consistent with the Westford Public School (WPS) curriculum but beyond the scope of the approved WPS budget. WEF also awards grants for professional development and Westford community projects in support of life-long learning.
What Does WEF Do?
From the beginning, WEF’s Board of Directors has been made up entirely of volunteers. The board works throughout the year to solicit grant ideas, raise funds and find ways to leverage its expertise and commitment to benefit Westford’s students.
Where Does the Money Go?
The net proceeds from these events, along with generous donations from local corporate sponsors and many individual community members, fund grants in all Westford Public Schools and Nashoba Valley Technical High School. All WPS and NVTHS faculty, administrators, parents, students and community members are eligible to apply for WEF grants.
WEF has two grant cycles: Fall and Spring. Since our inception in July 2003. WEF has awarded more than 200 grants totaling over $400,000, benefiting hundreds of educators and directly impacting thousands of students.
WEF also champions community educational endeavors including Sunday Hours at the J.V. Fletcher Library, and was a major supporter of the Living Lab initiative at Reed Brook.
Some representative grants include:
- Living Lab Brook Book Project
- Westford Whale Project
- Indigenous People Museum
- Westford Academy Theater Arts’ Sound Board
- Animal Research & Podcasts
- 3D Modeling and Printing
- Columbia University Teacher Conferences
- iPad Ingenuity
- Ronan McElligott Memorial Playground
- Instrumental Music Technology
- Parkerville School House Flag Restoration
- Video Analysis for Physics
- Ryan’s Story, Anti-Bullying Presentation
- Day School Book Club
- Epicureans for Environmentally Sustainable Business
- Digital Media Portfolios in the Elementary Classroom