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Every Little Bit Makes A Positive Impact Directly On Our Students

The Groton Dunstable Education Foundation (GDEF) is a local, non-profit, volunteer organization that supports all five District Schools with grants above and beyond the school budget, directly benefiting students. Our first grant cycle concluded in October. We were thrilled to award 6 Major Grants of about $15,000 to all five of our schools. At Boutwell, we are supporting the building of a library that celebrates diversity. At Swallow Union & Florence Roche, we are supporting teaching civics through picture books to our young learners.
     At the Middle School, we are providing Nooks to create digital equity in the school library. At the High School we are helping to set up a new innovative class about sustainable living, and purchasing a touch IT board for the math department.
     Our second Major Grant cycle deadline is February 28 and we can’t wait to see what else we can do for our schools
This year we have also funded nine mini-grants ($1,000 or less) thus far. We accept mini-grants all year. Six mini-grants were provided to teachers at the High School. They included books for English classrooms, sponsorship of the Robotics team, a trial of an online reading program, a film screening of a powerful movie about justice, and conference fees for two teachers.
     At our elementary schools, we funded a mini-grant for whiteboard tables at Florence Roche, and mini-grants for teachers at Swallow Union to expand their understanding of Ancient Civilizations. If anyone in our community would like to contribute to the funding that we use to provide grants, our annual giving campaign is still underway. Every little bit makes a positive impact
directly on our students.
     GDEF is actively recruiting. We are seeking an experienced bookkeeper, a graphic designer and members at large. If you are interested in learning more about joining GDEF, we would love to talk with you and share information about this wonderful organization.
     For more information, annual Trivia Night tickets (March 14t, 7 p.m., Groton Country Club!), please visit our website www. gdefinc.org, like our Facebook page and follow us Twitter @ GDEFinc. 
 
Colette Kuchel
GDEF
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