As the Groton Dunstable Education Foundation celebrates its 10th anniversary of providing private funding for enrichment grants to all five district schools, it is pleased to announce it has awarded seven new grants totaling $41,459 in its spring cycle, bringing the total grants funded this school year to $48,190. The grants cover a range of subject areas across various grade levels.

In making the announcement, GDEF president Kerri Figueroa thanked GDEF donors.

The latest round of school grants includes:

* Safari Montage -- a digital media management/distribution system providing all district teachers access to a multitude of digital and visual resources for classroom lessons and home use by students

* Implementation of biotechnology -- gel electrophoresis equipment allowing all high school biology students to learn this essential lab technique, increasing rigor and the application of technology

* Strengthening the reading workshop model -- continuing professional development for a core team of elementary teachers /reading coaches, assisting them to more effectively implement the MA Frameworks for ELA & Literacy

* AP training in science and foreign language -- training for two high school science teachers and a Spanish teacher to sharpen skills and strengthen the curriculum

The remaining grants provide Florence Roche with iPad technology to create interactive, engaging lessons, and provide high school classrooms with Genetics Teaching Tools.


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GDEF has also been awarding mini-grants for up to $500 on a rolling basis this school year, funding 15 mini-grants to date totaling $6,731. The latest mini-grants provide Swallow Union third-grade classrooms with sets of higher level books to support the district's restructured reading model, and give high school students the opportunity to collaborate with classrooms around the globe on curriculum projects through membership in iEarn-USA.

A complete listing of this year's grants can be found on GDEF's newly redesigned website, gdefinc.org.

GDEF asks community members to consider donating to its Annual Giving Campaign before the fiscal year ends in June, to help reach the fundraising goal of $30,000 and fund as many classroom grants as possible. To make a gift, please visit GDEF's website and click on the "Donate Now" icon. GDEF also needs new volunteers to help carry on its critical role supporting district schools and to develop future plans for the organization.

For information on volunteer opportunities, please email info@gdefinc.org.