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Friday, June 29, 2007


Carlisle School gets $50,000 in grants from CEF

The Carlisle Education Foundation (CEF) recently granted $50,000 to the Carlisle Public School to support World Language in the elementary grades, K-5. This is CEF's second year of funding Spanish classes for the younger grades. Students in K-4 have one class a week of Spanish for 30 minutes while students in fifth grade who have chosen Spanish have one class a week for 45 minutes.

Teacher appreciation grant

At the June 20 Carlisle School Committee meeting the board voted to accept a donation from the CEF of $100 per teacher for discretionary school materials, with a total of $7,500. The grant is given to all contracted teachers, which includes pre-K to grade 8 teachers, "specials" teachers such as art and music and all special education teachers, including speech and occupational therapy.

Each year the CEF holds a "Teacher Appreciation" fundraiser which coincides with Teacher Appreciation Week. Families are invited to donate in the name of their favorite teacher or administrator, and teachers receive a card informing them a donation was made in their name. The fund is shared evenly.

Other grants this year include $5,000 for the school's membership in Primary Source, and $749 for world language supplies through the CSA wishing tree. "A lot of teachers have taken courses there [Primary Source] this year or will this summer," explained CEF President Laura Snowdon. "Several went to China and will go to Africa this summer. Primary Source subsidizes the trips and the teachers paid for their portion out of their own pockets."

According to Snowdon, the mission of the CEF is to seek "to maintain the excellence of Carlisle's Public Schools by funding pilot projects, new initiatives, professional development and technology enrichment."

Fall fundraiser

Grants funds are raised through community support events such as the annual auction and dinner dance, called "For Your School Only," to be held next on Friday, November 2, at the Barn at Gibbet Hill in Groton. "All of the auction's proceeds will be used to fund technology, programs, and new initiatives at the Carlisle Schools," said Snowdon. "The past four auctions (co-hosted by the CEF and Carlisle School Association) netted over $270,000 and we are extremely grateful for the community's generosity and support."

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