We are pleased to announce that we have awarded our Fall grants for the 2013 -14 school year.
We received more than 20 grant applications this fall; all of them had wonderful ideas for educational programs to be put to use in our classrooms. Due to budgetary constraints, we had to whittle them down and make some really difficult decisions. Ultimately, we were able to fund 16 grants. Some grants are fully-funded; some are partially funded and will be supplemented either by the schools’ PTG or the students themselves.
We were able to fund an additional $2000 in STEM-based grants, due to a wonderful donation made by the Raytheon Corporation. Raytheon donated $2000 to MEC to be used toward STEM-related grants. So, when you go through the list of grants awarded, you will see that many of the grants go to science and technology, thanks to the generosity of Raytheon.
But not to be outdone, we still awarded many grants for the arts - including theatrical productions, photography, music assemblies, dance and hands-on art projects.
Please take a few minutes to look at the grants that have been awarded so far this school year. Maybe your child or grandchild, niece or nephew, will be the beneficiary of one of our grants. If so, I hope they enjoy it …
Meet the Animals – Aquidneck School – all kindergarten students
BrainPop, Jr – Aquidneck School – all students
Seussical – TheatreWorks USA – Aquidneck School – all 1st graders
Wizard of Oz – American TheaterArts – Aquidneck School – all 3rd grade students
Feathery Friends – Forest Ave. School – all 1st Grade students
Meet the Animals – Forest Ave. School – all kindergarten students
School House Orchestra – Forest Ave. School – all students
Bringing Sight to Underwater ROVs – J.H. Gaudet Middle School and Learning Academy – STEM
Pillars of Character Tile Mosaic - J.H. Gaudet Middle School and Learning Academy – Art Club
Science Olympiad Team – J.H. Gaudet Middle School and Learning Academy – science club
Salt Marsh Nursery Project – J.H. Gaudet Middle School and Learning Academy – 6th grade science
Boston Museum of Science – J.H. Gaudet Middle School and Learning Academy – 8th grade field trip
Expanding Vision: Lens-based photography – MHS photography students
Model U.N. – MHS
Latin Dance – MHS – all students
For more details on any of these grants, please click here to get to our 2013 – 2014 Grants.
As the Middletown Education Collaborative (MEC) looks forward to the start of a new school year, we would like to take this time to thank everyone who supported our 7th Annual Duck Race that was held this past July. The event was a huge success as over 600 ducks raced from the shore at Third Beach, raising over $6000 that will go to educational programs. It was nice to see our community come together for a family fun event that benefits our schools. Children enjoyed the sand dig, face painting, crafts and meeting the MEC mascot, Quackers. Thank you to everyone who attended the race, purchased a duck, sold a duck, donated food and donated prizes for our 10 lucky winners.
We would also like to thank our 2013 sponsors whose support has been invaluable. Their support of the Middletown community and its young people deserves our applause. Our major sponsors include: People’s Credit Union. DiPrete Engineering, Embrace Home Loans, Forster Orthodontics, KVH, Paradise Cleaning and Restoration, Phoenix Bulk Carriers, and Oldport Homes. Please visit our website for a full list of sponsors at memec.org.
Again, thank you to the Middletown community and our sponsors. It is through your support that we are able to fund programs that enrich the education experience at our Middletown public schools. We hope to see you at next year’s duck race.
MEC Board Member