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Dedham Education Foundation announces grant recipients

Posted by Dave Eisenstadter  January 23, 2013 03:15 PM

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The Dedham Education Foundation awarded $18,162 in grants to 34 projects of teachers and staffers in Dedham schools.

The money will be used for such things as buying materials for a new eighth grade technology/engineering course, hosting a musician for a visualization/video workshop for a high school videography course, bringing an anti-bullying program to Dedham Middle School, allowing classes at Avery and Riverdale Elementary Schools to go to the Museum of Science and a class from Oakdale Elementary to go to the Blue Hills Trailside Museum, and creating science kits for students at the Early Childhood Education Center, the town’s pre-school.

At an awards ceremony this month, state Senator Michael Rush, D-West Roxbury, was the featured speaker.

“This partnership between the Dedham Education Foundation and the community at large is a model that other municipalities should emulate,” Rush said at the event.

Steve Bilafer, president of the Dedham Education Foundation, said the organization received a record 59 project proposals. “Each request represents and effort to engage students in new ways and improve learning,” Bilafer said at the event.

He added that he hopes to raise more money through the organization in the future to fulfill more requests.

In the Dedham Education Foundation’s 20 years of existence, it has awarded more than $300,000 in grants, according to Bilafer.

“We could not do what we do without the incredible community support we have received throughout the years,” Bilafer said.

The Dedham Education Foundation is supported though fundraisers including the annual “Dancing with the Dedham Stars” competition, Bernie’s Run 5K race in the Village Manor neighborhood each October, and the Annual Spelling Bee, in which students compete on behalf of their schools.

For more information on the organization, visit www.dedhameducationfoundation.org.

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