The gift was part of a $1.2 million donation that Middlesex Savings Bank gave to support 24 education foundations within its retail branch territory. This support will allow WEF to continue funding education programs in Westford.
“We are surprised and very appreciative for this unexpected boost to our fundraising efforts,” said Kelly Guthrie, WEF president. “We often get more teacher requests for grant funding than we can afford to award, so this will help meet that demand in our spring grant cycle.”
Since its inception, WEF has awarded over $295,000 in grants, benefiting hundreds of educators and directly impacting over 6,000 students and each public school in Westford. Some notable grants over the years include The Living Lab Brook Book Project, Indigenous People Museum, 3-D modeling and printing, Columbia University teacher conferences, instrumental music technology, digital media portfolios in the elementary classroom, historical mannequins, Every Color Sings, Go Direct science probes and responsive classroom training.
“Middlesex Savings Bank has great respect for the education foundations in our community,” said Michael McAuliffe, president and CEO of Middlesex Savings Bank. “They work hard to support projects and programs that foster learning and creativity. We hope these donations will make their jobs easier this year and are excited to see their existing academic programs flourish or new ones come to life.”
WEF, an independent nonprofit organization, was founded in 2003 by a group of parents who sought to promote innovative educational initiatives and champion lifelong learning.