Remember us on December 10th

We are once again participating in Valley Gives on December 10th, 2014.  
Please stop in at the Greenfield Savings Bank, downtown Shelburne Falls to make your tax deductable donation to the Mary Lyon Foundation. We will have volunteers and members of the Mary Lyon Foundation set-up and ready to make your donation process easy. Plus we will have free refreshments and music to entertain.



Prize after prize after prize…You won’t believe your eyes!

Just a preview of the fabulous collection of gifts to be raffled or auctioned off at the Community Spelling Bee Novemeber, 13th.  

Come…”sit-for-a-spell”….take a few chances on these great gifts.

Great adventures on the water,  in the snow, at the Christmas Tree Farm.  Fun bowling, going to the movies, skating at Interskate 91. Win a bus trip and hotel to Foxwoods, or B+B get-a way, YMCA membership, AAA automobile membership bundled with driving school credit, and gas card. Win local goods, like coffee, honey, jams and candies. Hand crafted jewelry.  Many local business and restaurant gift certificates. Toy and teacher theme gifts. These are just a few of the many very special items you have a chance to win.

 Mary Lyon Foundation Community Spelling Bee

November 13th, starts at 6:30 P.M.

Mohawk Trail Regional High School

fun and free!


Warm the Children

The Mary Lyon Foundation was very fortunate to be the recipient of warm clothing from the “Warm-the-Children” program this year.

It didn’t take long to fill our allotted openings, and we are very appreciative to be part of Warm-the-Children this year.

We would like to thank all the local businesses and volunteers, who have been fund-raising and working year round to make this wonderful program available to Franklin County children in need.

Pick-up for families approved through the Mary Lyon Foundation may pick-up their children’s clothing this Wednesday, September 17th, at their assigned time slot, at the Franklin County Fairgrounds, in the Dole Building.

If you have any questions, please call our office at 413-625-2555.

Gift Catalog

2014-2015 Gift Catalog available online now!


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The Mary Lyon Gift Catalog has also been distributed to locations, such as schools, libraries, post offices, and other public places.  We hope you will browse one, and consider a donation to a teacher who has listed a wish.  The 2014-2015 catalog is also posted online.

We have had many wonderful donations, but still have many more we are searching for.

If you have items you would like to donate, you can drop items  off at the Mary Lyon Foundation office, (address below)  or we are happy to come pick-up.

Mary Lyon Foundation  ( located at the  Buckland-Shelburne Elementary School)

75 Mechanic Street

Shelburne Falls,  MA.  01370

413-625-2555  (or call for a pick-up)

When viewing the catalog, anything in red indicates that wish has been fulfilled.

Please note that items marked in RED have been donated already.

To see the items requested in this year’s catalog, please click this link:  14-15 GiftCatalog –


Events, Mini-Grants

Mini Grant funds author visit to Hawlemont

Trolley event

Children’s author Marie Betts Bartlett visited Hawlemont Regional Elementary School on Thursday. She read from her book, The Little Yellow Trolley Car, which is based on the story of the trolley that ran through Shelburne Falls from 1896 to 1927. Students who attended her presentation were in Hawlemont’s pre-K, kindergarden, and first and second grade classes. More information about Marie Betts Bartlett and her book can be found on her website.

Mary Boehmer, the Hawlemont librarian, received a Mini Grant from the Mary Lyon Foundation last fall to bring Bartlett to the school. A list of other Fall 2013 Mini Grant recipients is available here. Funding for Mini Grants comes from the foundation’s annual Community Spelling Bee, which is held each November at Mohawk Trail Regional School.


Spring Lyonnaise 2014

mlf2mlf3The annual Spring Lyonnaise sponsored by the Mary Lyon Foundation was held this year on Sunday afternoon, May 18 from 2-5 pm at the Shelburne Buckland Community Center on Main Street in Shelburne Falls. This free event, a celebration of excellence in local education, is open to the public. There was music, awards, raffle prizes, student exhibits and a presentation by the 2014 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year, Anne Marie Bettencourt. The very first Massachusetts Teacher of the Year was Roy Frude, a beloved Arms Academy science teacher. Awards were presented as follows:

Outstanding Mohawk Graduate Award – Kevin Hollister

Spirit of Adventure Award – Leslie and Eddie Grinnell

Business Award – Berkshire East

Career Award – John Sloan, former head of a division of Chrysler Corporation

Harper Gerry Student Assistance Fund

The Mary Lyon Foundation has recently provided eyeglasses, lunch money, food vouchers, warm winter clothing, prescriptions and other basic necessities for Mohawk students and their families. Grants from Brookfield Community Foundation, People’s Community Foundation and the
Cleveland Dodge Foundation as well as generous contributions and staff payroll deductions have maintained this important service.

Music Program

This year the Mary Lyon Foundation donated a very large gong to the music department at Mohawk. It will be used in a wide variety of presentations as well as sounding the end of each round in the annual Community Spelling Bee.

Ron Bailey, Guest Speaker

Sponsored by a pro-active grant from the Mary Lyon Foundation, President of the Black History Civil War Museum in Gettysburg, Ron Bailey was a charismatic guest speaker at an assembly program at Mohawk recently, also visiting classrooms and meeting with students. Erik Doty, close friend of the speaker, was instrumental in bringing him to our school. That evening the foundation sponsored a reception for Mr. Bailey and hopes to continue a close relationship with the museum.

Capital Campaign, Giving

Rowe Capital Campaign

Rowe Capital Campaign

After 6 successful past capital campaigns for the Heath, Colrain, Sanderson, BSE, Hawlemont and Mohawk schools in our district, the Mary Lyon Foundation in conjunction with The Friends of the Rowe School has launched a major capital campaign for the Rowe Elementary School which was hit by lightning and destroyed by fire in 2012. Although the insurance will pay for the building, funds are urgently needed for technology, the library, playground/physical education and creative arts.

Please send donations payable to the Mary Lyon Foundation with Rowe School in the memo line. You may designate your donation for one of the above areas. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. Checks may be mailed to:

Mary Lyon Foundation
P. O. Box 184
Shelburne Falls MA 01370



Valley Gives on Thursday, December 12


Please mark your calendar for Thursday, December 12!

That’s the date for this year’s Valley Gives, an innovative online fundraising event that encourages individuals to donate as much money as possible in support of their favorite charities in just twenty-four hours.

Beginning at midnight EST on December 12 and continuing until 11:59pm, residents of western Massachusetts will go online to and make tax-deductible donations to support the important work of our region’s charities.

The Mary Lyon Foundation will be participating in Valley Gives for the first time this year. All online donations for the Mary Lyon Foundation made through our Valley Gives donation page on December 12 will go directly to support quality education in the nine towns of the Mohawk Trail Regional School District.

Want to know more about Valley Gives? Please watch the video below about this year’s day of giving.

Gift Catalog

An annual wish list for our schools: “from the mundane to the extraordinary”


The Mary Lyon Foundation’s annual gift catalog was published again this past summer as a wish list of items that are requested by staff in our local schools. The items requested reflect the various needs of classrooms and programs that are outside of the regular budget. The requests range from the mundane to the extraordinary and include supplies, equipment and intangible benefits such as a volunteer to assist in a classroom or help chaperone a field trip.

The Gift Catalog was established in 1991 to provide an avenue for individuals and businesses to donate to local education. One of the most beloved donations of all time was a used van that could transport students on field trips and especially for the popular UNYTE program (Understanding Nature and Yourself Through Ecology) led by Will Kiendzior, Colin Garland and Phil Lussier. The van was donated by Deerfield Academy through a car dealership in Greenfield which requested a $500 donation to stabilize the van and make it road worthy for years to come. The $500 donation was garnered through local business donations and the van arrived at Mohawk ready to roll. Students and teachers welcomed it with open arms and it provided safe, reliable transportation for hundreds of students over the course of the ensuing decade.

Today’s Gift Catalog is distributed to individuals and businesses in hopes that their surplus, unwanted items can find a good home in a classroom in one of our schools.

The Gift Catalog is just one of the many ways the Mary Lyon Foundation supports children and schools in the Mohawk district. To continue our work, we need your support on Valley Gives Day — Wednesday, December 10, 2014.  To learn more about Valley Gives and how to make your online gift that day, please see click here.

Thank you in advance!