Thank you, thank you, thank you! The 10th Annual Mary Lyon Foundation Spelling Bee was the most successful ever. We are grateful for the support of so many people, businesses and organizations. It was truly a community effort. Mini-grant activities funded by the spelling bee are already underway. Stay tuned for photos!


The Mary Lyon Foundation is inspired by and takes its name from western Massachusetts native, Mary Lyon—a 19th century pioneer in women’s education and advocate for opportunity and quality education for all.

It is with great pride that the organization celebrates it’s 25th year of providing educational programs, events, and services to the hilltown communities. We will continue to identify the needs of our schools, and actively find ways to create and fund programs to assist in those needs.

The Mary Lyon Foundation Inc. was established in 1990 and incorporated on March 8, 1991. It is a community based 501(c)3 non-profit organization, supporting all aspects of quality education in the towns of Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Plainfield, Rowe, and Shelburne.