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ECCF Awards $500,000 in Grants to Six Public School Districts

ECCF Awards $500,000 in Grants to Six School Districts
Press Release
Thursday, June 5, 2014

In order to support and promote academic achievement in English, math and science in the public school systems, the Hardscrabble Education Fund at the Essex County Community Foundation recently awarded over $500,000 in grants to schools in six districts for use during the 2014-2015 academic year.

This year’s winning grant applications included projects for new technology such as SMART boards, document cameras and iPads for the classrooms, lab equipment for the sciences and hundreds of books for libraries and classrooms. The grants equip teachers in all grade levels.

“The Hardscrabble Education Fund began in 2002 with a gift from an anonymous donor who hoped to make a difference in public school education on the North Shore,” said Julie Bishop, vice president of grants and services. “Since then, over $2 million in teacher-generated grants have been awarded, funding projects that encourage experiential learning, promote teacher development and augment instructional materials.”

Those districts and specific awards for 2014-2015 are as follows:

  •      Beverly Public Schools: $39,172
  •      Lynn Public Schools: $295,098
  •      Marblehead Public Schools: $2,736
  •      Nahant Public Schools: $2,568
  •      Salem Public Schools: $138,743
  •      Swampscott Public Schools: $28, 237

“These grants give teachers the opportunity to look at their classrooms and dream about what it would take to enhance student learning,” Bishop said. “The Hardscrabble Education Fund provides them a way to fulfill that dream.”

For more information, please visit http://www.eccf.org/hardscrabble-fund.

June 5, 2014

Jo Kadlecek, Director of Communication
Essex County Community Foundation
978.777.8876; j.kadlecek@eccf.org

ECCF promotes philanthropy and strengthens nonprofits
serving the people of Essex County, MA.
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