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Hopkinton Education Foundation (HEF)


HOPKINTON, Mass. – May 16, 2007 – Hopkinton Education Foundation (HEF) has announced the awarding of five grants to schools throughout the school system. Since its inception in 1992, the HEF has promoted excellence in education in the Hopkinton Public Schools through the funding of innovative, academic grants for teachers and administrators.

Over $53,000 in grants were recently awarded, chosen from a field of 18 grant requests totaling over $212,000. The grants funded crossed a wide range of disciplines including math, literature, engineering and reading.

Ruth Ann Cote, president of the HEF Board of Directors stated, “Members of HEF and the community in general work tirelessly throughout the year to raise funds for these grants, and it is extremely rewarding to be able to award such worthy grants in such a wide range of fields of study. We also had the privilege of awarding the EMC Grant for Math & Science this year.”

The EMC Math & Science Award funded the program “Engineering is Elementary” submitted by 5th grade teachers Maribeth Tremblay and Jennifer Jordan. The grant’s goal is to encourage critical thinking skills and teamwork through engineering-based activities utilizing engineering kits from the Museum of Science.

Kim Pucci, head of the HEF grants committee commented, “Each year, the demand for resources is significant. This year the committee was faced again with the challenge of selecting those grants which most closely reflected the mission of the HEF from a group of very competitive grant proposals. We are confident that these grants will have a lasting, positive impact on many of Hopkinton’s students. “

To fund the school grants, the HEF has a direct mail appeal each fall to residents and to the local business community. Events such as the Thank-a-Teacher program, a puppet show, the signature Annual Gala, and a golf tournament co-sponsored with the Hopkinton Boosters Club, not only bring members of the community together, but also raise significant money. The HEF is very grateful of the support it received from this year’s corporate sponsors: Milford National Bank, Middlesex Savings Bank, EMC Corporation, Phipps Insurance, The Richmond Group, and UNICCO Service Company. The Board of Directors and Associate Directors meet each fall to set fundraising goals and decide on fundraising activities to meet those goals.
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Grant List

Performance Based Precision Reading Grades 2 – 3 Provides comprehensive materials and training for teachers to more accurately determine student’s reading levels, skill strengths & weaknesses, and thinking styles.

Flying High with Fantasy
Grade 3 Adds class sets of fantasy literature to 3rd grade curriculum to be used for whole-class, shared reading experiences.
Engineering is Elementary
Grade 5 Encourages critical thinking skills and teamwork through interactive engineering based lessons and activities.
RM Mathematics Framework Edition: A whole class teaching solution
Grade 6 – 8 Funds technology and professional development to create and deliver visual, interactive mathematics lessons to enhance student learning, expand collaboration among teachers, and motivate and engage the learner.

Math for All Grades K-5 Provides classroom teachers with story problems that are differentiated to support Everyday Mathematics Curriculum and builds libraries of educational math games at the three elementary schools.


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