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Needham Education Foundation announces large grant awards

Posted by Evan Allen  January 28, 2013 09:43 AM

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Two Needham High School initiatives – a robotics course and a campus sculpture – were announced on Wednesday as the recipients of more than $20,000 in grants from the Needham Education Foundation.

The robotics course will receive a grant of $13,250 to fund start-up materials. The course is an elective that was proposed by Needham High math teacher and robotics coach Hans Batra, according to a release from the Foundation, and it will be a semester-long course offered twice a year.

The “Own Your Peace” sculpture, proposed for display on the Needham High campus and envisioned to nurture social and emotional wellness among teens, will receive $8,250. The sculpture is being designed, created and installed by local artist Ted Clausen.

The entire project will cost $180,000; the grant funds Clausen’s time instructing students while they interview community members for text to be incorporated into the sculpture, according to the release. Students will learn how to conduct interviews, perform historical research and edit for public presentation, according to the release.

The Needham Education Foundation is a nonprofit that raises funds for public school children in town. Since 1990, it has funded more than 400 grants worth more than $1.6 million, according to the release.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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