NEF Awards Fall Grants

Needham Education Foundation Announces

Autumn Grant Awards of Over $66,000


November 20, 2013 Needham, MA – The Needham Education Foundation has awarded 21 grants totaling over $66,000 in its autumn small grants cycle. Needham students will learn from visiting authors and dancers in residence, a program to teach high school students to create stained glass pieces, and even a week long residency with an urban planner. These are among the programs that will receive support, reaching across all Needham public schools and all grade levels. 


The Needham Education Foundation funds programs that fall outside normal school funding and promote innovation and excellence for students. Autumn grants, announced at the Needham School Committee meeting on Nov. 19, include funding for:


   Literature supporting teachers to align and link social/emotional skills learning to literacy lessons at Broadmeadow and Newman Elementary Schools.

   A two-day visit by author Jarrett Krosoczka, who will conduct workshops on cartooning and writing for 4th and 5th graders at Mitchell Elementary School.

   A week-long art and design residency with activist and urban planner James Rojas at Broadmeadow Elementary School where students use unique objects to create their favorite place in the community. Student work will be in a photo exhibit at Needham Town Hall and Needham Public Library. 

   A dance company to bring attention to the mistreatment of young people who are different and offer healing solutions through the power of dance at High Rock and Pollard Middle School. 

   Materials to teach the design and fabrication procedures required to create stained glass pieces for seniors taking art at Needham High School.


The NEF is an independent, community-based, not-for-profit organization that raises funds for the enrichment of public school children in Needham. Since 1990, the NEF has funded more than 420 grants totaling more than $1.9 million, to promote innovation and excellence in education. To learn more about the Needham Education Foundation, how you can support it and to see a full list of grants, please visit www.nefneedham.org.




Magda Schmalz

Media, Publicity and Outreach

Needham Education Foundation






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