Innovative Support of Local Education
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The Mary Lyon Foundation provides innovative support of local education in nine rural Western Massachusetts towns. What does “innovative support of local education” look like? It might look like . . .
. . . middle-school students experimenting with solar-powered pumps; a mosaic and ceramic fountain designed and made by students to welcome visitors to their elementary school; 1st graders feeding a worm composter; students in a supported learning program building a garden shed; and 3rd and 4th graders making winter forts, checking their field guides, and making woodland observations during their weekly Forest Friday excursion . . . all are projects supported by Mary Lyon Foundation Mini-Grants and led by creative and resourceful staff in our area schools.
At home, we might see parents coping with the loss of employment able to purchase winter boots for their child; a family struggling with high fuel bills grateful for “Supper for Six” during February vacation; and a child donning much-needed eyeglasses before school starts in the fall . . . all are efforts supported by our Student Assistance programs, based on the understanding that children cannot learn if they are cold or hungry or cannot see the “blackboard.”
Behind the Scenes
The United Way of Franklin County and many generous individuals and businesses help make the pictures described above possible. Our hilariously funny annual Community Spelling Bee raises funds to support educational projects and is a testament to the creativity and spirit of a very caring community. As a vital part of that community for almost 30 years, the Mary Lyon Foundation supports and strengthens all aspects of quality education in our local schools.
Banner image description: Solar Fountain Project, led by Drue Johnson at Mohawk Trail Regional School, funded by a Mary Lyon Foundation Mini-Grant.