The Guilford Fund for Education awards its largest grant ever

By By Ben Rayner • 06/28/2022 2:20 PM EST

The Guilford Fund for Education (GFFE) has just awarded its largest grant in GFFE history: the Makerspace Grant. Totaling $80,000, the grant was proposed by Calvin Leete School Library Media Specialist Cheryl Monaco on behalf of Guilford’s four elementary schools.

The four Makerspaces will provide teachers with the materials and space to connect their curriculum learning with a hands-on, creative approach for their students at Cox, Jones, Lakes and Leete Schools. The goal is to expand and enhance students’ math, social studies, and science courses while developing life skills such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem solving.

“GFFE is thrilled to partner with Guilford Public Schools to introduce a space in every elementary school where children can build, create and produce ideas and projects in kinesthetic and creative ways,” said Veena Kapadia, co-chair of the GFFE. “Teachers in our district are trying to incorporate more hands-on learning opportunities across multiple subjects. Not only does this initiative help students develop their academic skills, but it fulfills their teachers’ desire to reach all students wherever they are.

Superintendent of Schools, Dr Paul Freeman, said: “Guilford Public Schools is grateful for our partnership with the GFFE. Creating creative spaces in each of our four elementary schools will impact all students by providing opportunities for exploration and creativity across all disciplines. I would like to thank the dedicated volunteers at GFFE, the generosity of our community for supporting their work, and Cheryl Monaco for writing this grant proposal. I hope his actions will inspire more GPS members to submit their own proposals.

To write the proposal, Monaco worked with various departments at Guilford Public Schools, including the four elementary school principals and the library’s media specialists.

“This initiative will have a positive impact on all current and future elementary students at Guilford,” said Cheryl Monaco, Calvin Leete School Library Media Specialist and Grants Writer. “I am extremely excited to see this moving forward and working with the GFFE to implement the makerspaces. This space will enrich the curriculum in all content areas and provide students with a different way to explore, experience and learn. »

Nicole Schlagheck, co-chair of the GFFE, is honored that Ms. Monaco presented her proposal to them. “Planning this extraordinary concept was a colossal undertaking and Ms. Monaco’s commitment to our young people is exceptional,” she says. “This grant benefits the entire district and transforms educational opportunities in our elementary schools. We look forward to hearing about the impact and watching enthusiastic students and educators next year. »

The Makerspace Grant is made possible through the generosity of the Guilford community, including attendance at GFFE events, donations from the GFFE STAR Awards for Educators, numerous family donations and corporate sponsorships. Most recently, the GFFE raised $1,980 through the distribution of 99 GFFE STAR awards on May 3, 2022. Fourteen awards were given to educators at Guilford High School, 13 at Adams Middle School, 19 at Baldwin Middle School, 18 at Calvin Leete School, 24 at AW Cox School, 10 at Guilford Lakes School and one at Melissa Jones School.

Schlagheck added, “We are honored that the Guilford community invests in us and wants to be part of the legacy that is Guilford Education. Special thanks to White Mountain Advisors and the Jerbi family for their support of this particular partnership grant.

Guilford Fund For Education (GFFE) is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that provides a way for Guilford educators and students to explore, experiment and contribute new ideas for educational experiences by funding proposals that do not not fall within an organization’s budget.

The GFFE is actively seeking volunteers for the upcoming school year to review upcoming grants, help with events, and support technology needs. If you would like to donate, volunteer, or know a teacher who would like to submit a proposal, visit GFFE.org.

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