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Hardscrabble awards $540,000 to North Shore school projects

Hardscrabble awards $540,000 to North Shore school projects
Press Release
Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Educators are among our community’s most valuable resources. They inspire, inform and foster a love of learning so that our children will have the confidence and knowledge to become tomorrow’s leaders.  

The Essex County Community Foundation is pleased to announce that it has awarded over $540,000 in grants from the Hardscrabble Education Fund to some of those teachers and administrators working to make a difference in the lives of local students. Money will be used to assist educators with a broad array of projects that encourage experiential learning, promote teacher development, enhance technology in the classroom and augment the regular curriculum.

Started in 2002 by an anonymous donor who dreamed of making a difference in local public school districts, the Hardscrabble Education Fund has distributed over $2.7 million to educators in Beverly, Lynn, Marblehead, Nahant, Salem and Swampscott.

“We are so honored to work with this generous donor and family to fulfill their philanthropic goal of providing public school educators with the resources they need to help local students achieve academic success,” said Julie Bishop, ECCF’s vice president for philanthropy. “This donor has a passionate belief that a strong public education system is the foundation of a robust society and the Hardscrabble Education Fund was created to carry out that vision.”

This year, 140 projects – including the introduction of SmartBoards and iPads in elementary schools, teaching English and technology skills in middle school Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) classrooms, purchasing supplies for high school science lab activities and many more – are being funded through Hardscrabble. The grants committee looks for teacher-generated proposals that benefit public school children, support teacher initiatives in the areas of English, math and science and forge a link between public schools, parents and their respective communities.

“Without funds from Hardscrabble, many of these new and exciting resources would not be available to local public school students,” said Bishop. “Thanks to this donor and the Hardscrabble Education Fund, educators and students are able to access enriching opportunities that are becoming more and more essential in today’s world.”

To see which local schools received Hardscrabble grants, please visit, www.eccf.org/hardscrabble-recent-grants.

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