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John Cunha – 2014 MEC Scholarship Recipient

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Featured, Recent News | 0 comments

MEC takes great pride in recognizing the outstanding commitment to community service of MHS senior John Cunha.  John has a passion for  community service as a way of bringing joy into other people’s lives.  His accomplishments are significant and represent a wide variety of activities.

hn became involved with the Unified Theater program at Gaudet Middle School in the spring of 2013.  The Unified Theater program focuses on inclusion, providing an opportunity for students with and without disabilities to enjoy participating iin the performing arts.  As the Student Leader/Director, John helped the students write scripts and re=hearse their parts, culminating in a performance at Middletown High School.  He has continued that work this year and has helped grow the program from 16 students last year to 50 students this year.  John has also volunteered at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen, the Newport Children’s Theater, the Middletown Education Collaborative, and his church.

John will be attending the University of Rhode Island in the fall where he hopes to double-major in Theater and Math.  He states, “I am determined to make a difference in the world by enriching people’s lives through personal interactions, through continued volunteer work, and through the performing arts”.  John is the son of Teresa and John Cunha.

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Kimberley D’Arpino – 2014 MEC Educator of the Year

Posted by on May 28, 2014 in Featured, Recent News | 0 comments

Congratulations to Kimberley D’Arpino – MEC’s 2014 Educator of the Year.  Ms. D’Arpino recently received the MEC Educator of the Year award at the MEC Grants Showcase and Annual Meeting held May 20, 2014 at the Gaudet Learning Center.

Kim D’Arpino has been teaching French, and most recently Social Studies, at Gaudet Middle School for 24 years. She holds the belief that all children need an environment for learning where they are unafraid to take chances and be heard, and that all children can do great things when given the opportunity to excel at something they feel passionate about.

This year Kim is working on a new after-school initiative with a few of her colleagues at Gaudet.  They have created an on-site, after-school homework club that operates four days a week at Oxbow and at the Middletown Public Library.  Kim adds, ” I leave there feeling that I am needed an dthat I have made a difference.  That is what it is all about”.

Kim also volunteers her time working with 28 students on an anti-bullying campaign.  “We are currently planning oor grand finale'”, exclaims Kim, “and are excited to share our work with the rest of Gaudet!”

MEC is proud to honor such an outstanding educator to our Middletown students.


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Great Night at Stand-Up for Education

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Featured, Recent News | 0 comments

We had a great time at Friday night’s Stand-Up for Education fundraiser!   A lot of laughs – the comedians were great.

Thank you all so much for coming and supporting MEC.


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Published in the Newport Daily News 9/21/2013

Posted by on Sep 23, 2013 in Recent News | 0 comments

Dear Editor,


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


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.


Thank  you!

Laura Huntoon

MEC Board Member

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Grants Showcase – May 14

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

We are holding our 3rd Grants Showcase next week at the Learning Center at Gaudet Middle School.   The Open House will be May 14, 2013 from 6pm – 7:30pm.

Several of our grant recipients will be displaying and explaining the grants that they received from MEC, including Gaudet’s Mr. Beagan and Ms. Gauch.  Ms. DeLima and her students will do a Latin dance performance, that they learned through a MEC grant.

We will also be announcing the winner of  our Educator of the Year Award and the recipient of our 2013 College Scholarship.

Be sure to join us!

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