Shrewsbury Education Foundation

Granting Opportunities For Education Since 1992

Shrewsbury Education Foundation (SEF) is a Shrewsbury, Massachusetts all-volunteer organization that raises money to fund grants which put resources and programs directly into the classroom. Annually Shrewsbury Public School teachers write grant applications seeking funding for unique learning experiences and resources that will directly benefit students. Without SEF grants teachers would be unable to purchase the materials needed to deliver these valuable learning experiences due to tight education budgets.

Our mission is to enrich student learning of Shrewsbury Public School students at every grade level, by stimulating, strengthening and supporting educator-driven innovation.

SEF inspires and funds innovation in the Shrewsbury Public Schools. Each year for the past 20 years, SEF has funded new initiatives to provide valuable learning experiences across many classrooms, pre-k through high school.

SEF raises money through events, donations and corporate sponsors.


2014 Trivia Night

Trivia winnersFriday, November 14, 2014

Registration due November 10

“DO SOME GOOD” WHILE HAVING FUN WITH US!

Funds raised support grants for teacher innovation.

Trivia Night to help important cause for Shrewsbury schools

Shrewsbury Community Advocate
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer

Shrewsbury – The dictionary definition of “trivia” is “unimportant facts.” That word carries more significance for an upcoming fundraiser. On Friday, Nov. 14, the Shrewsbury Education Foundation (SEF) will host its third annual Trivia Night at the Knights of Columbus Hall to raise funds for educational initiatives outside of the school budget and curriculum.

Teams of four adults will accept the challenge to answer 10 rounds of 10 questions on various topics. Once again serving as event chair is Mary Aicardi.

“Game night is a good excuse to go out and have fun,” she said. “A lot of the teams are two couples or four friends. It’s an inexpensive night out and you’re helping the schools.”

Returning as emcee is Hank Stolz of WCRN-AM 830, Aicardi noted.

“Hank is charming, funny, smart and always willing to donate his time to the community,” she said. “He has done trivia nights for years at different venues in and around Worcester. We’re really lucky to have him.”

SEF committee member Brenda Buckley is again working together with Stolz to develop trivia questions. Among the topics that have been tackled in past years are music, pop culture, New England history, science and sports.

“All teams participate throughout the whole evening,” Aicardi explained. “It’s all about your score at the end of the night.”

The highest scoring team members last year were Bob Fryc, Scott Spangenberg, and John and Judy Vedder.

“They’re geniuses,” Aicardi proclaimed of last year’s champs. “They stacked their team and they did very well. The key is to be strategic about who’s on your team.”

The committee also wants participants to know how adaptable Trivia Night is for everyone involved.

“This year we’re encouraging everyone to have team spirit, however they want to do that,” Aicardi said. “Last year we started to see teams come in wearing the same hats, another team wore Hawaiian leis, and some people have come up with fun names for their team.”

Some of last year’s clever participants incorporated alliteration into their team names such as the Four Fabulous Females and the Eclectic Electric Eccentrics.

Among those planning to compete is Melanie Petrucci, who currently serves as SEF co-president with Chris Juetten.

“There’s really no way to prepare to compete on Trivia Night,” Petrucci said with a laugh. “It’s really just a matter of good luck.”

What actually matters most to SEF is raising funds to continue its mission of awarding grants to educators.

“We’re heading into grant season right now,” Petrucci explained. “Teachers in the public schools submit an application with a grant proposal. We have a review committee from members of our board and we select what we think are the most viable grants. The primary criteria is the longevity of the grant, and how many students the grant will reach during its lifetime.”

Last year SEF presented 10 grants totaling $11,802.00.

SEF is seeking sponsors to cover the costs of Trivia Night. Businesses and individuals interested in tax-deductible sponsorship, which includes signage and acknowledgment at the event, can contact Petrucci at 508-341-9382 or rmpetrucci@townisp.com.

Trivia Night begins with a happy half hour at 6:30 p.m.; the game starts at 7. Cost is $80 per team; $5 per spectator. Cheese and pepperoni pizza will be available for $10 each. The first 32 teams who submit payment will be registered. Mail check payable to “SEF” by Monday, Nov. 10 to: SEF Trivia Night, c/o Mary Aicardi, 11 Whippoorwill Dr., Shrewsbury, MA 01545 or register by email at SEFTrivia@gmail.com. Late registration may be accepted if space allows.

For more information, visit sefgrants.org.

SPACE IS LIMITED so REGISTER EARLY!
FIRST COME → FIRST RESERVED!

            TIME:
                   6:30 PM: Registration & Happy Half Hour
                   7:00 PM: Trivia Game Begins
            PLACE:
                   KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, 206 South Quinsigamond Ave.
            FORMAT:
                   Teams of 4 answer 10 rounds of 10 questions on a variety of topics.
            COST:
                   $80 per team (That’s $20 per person for the night.)
                   $5 per individual spectator, for those who aren’t participating
            MUNCHIES:
                   Cheese & Pepperoni Pizza—$10 each
            RAFFLE:
                   50/50 raffle to benefit SEF educational grants
            QUESTIONS:
                   Contact the Trivia Master at SEFTrivia@gmail.com

Complete & return this registration form by November 10, including a check for $80* made out to “SEF” to: SEF Trivia Night ℅ Mary Aicardi, 11 Whippoorwill Dr. Shrewsbury, MA 01545.

Space is limited! The first 32 teams who send a check will be registered.

You may also email registration information to SEFTrivia@gmail.com. Late registrations may be accepted, space provided. Note: This is not an event for children.

2014 Trivia Night registration form (PDF)


2014-2015 Grant Applications Available

DSC_0165SEF grant applications due October 27, 2014

(Deadline extended from October 22.)

Please send the application and cover letter (via email only) to: sefgrants1@gmail.com. Funds will be dispersed in November 2014. Grants are open to all school employees, including teachers, nurses, aides, curriculum coordinators and administrators.

2014 SEF Grant Application (PDF)

Please direct all inquiries to: Melanie Petrucci, SEF Grants Chair at sefgrants1@gmail.com or phone 508-341-9382.


John P. Collins Awards For Excellence

JPC Awards logoNominations due November 19, 2014

Awards to be presented at the January 24, 2015 Awards Dinner

Help the Shrewsbury Education Foundation celebrate the people who are the heart of our school district’s success!

The great successes of Shrewsbury’s students – in personal development, academic achievement, athletics and the arts – are the result of hard work by innovative, dedicated individuals and teams at all levels.

The John P. Collins Awards For Excellence will honor the exemplary efforts of those whose work brings to life the mission of the Shrewsbury Public Schools: to provide students with the skills and knowledge for the 21st century, an appreciation of our democratic tradition and the desire to continue to learn throughout life. The awards are named for former Superintendent of the Shrewsbury Public Schools John P. Collins, PhD, who served in town for from 1978 to 1994 and continues to exemplify the highest standards of professionalism and a dedication to lifelong learning in our community.

Who can be nominated? Anyone who currently works in the Shrewsbury Public Schools can be nominated.

* Please note: This includes any staff member who you or your child either works with now or has worked with in the past.

Multiple awards will be given in these categories:

  1. Three for Professional Educator (classroom teachers, special education teachers, subject specialist teachers, nurses, counselors, psychologists, therapists, instructional coaches, etc.)
  2. Two for Paraprofessional (classroom aides, special education aides, child-specific aides, ABA technicians, media aides, tutors, etc.)
  3. One for Support Staff (secretaries, technology support, custodians, cafeteria workers, bus drivers, Extended School Care providers)
  4. One for Leadership (principals, assistant principals, department directors, curriculum coordinators, district administrators or any staff member who has demonstrated excellent leadership)

Write about your nominee according to the directions and send the completed form attached as a Word document (via email only) to jpcollinsawards@gmail.com.

2014 JPC Award Nomination (Word DOC)

Please direct all inquiries to: jpcollinsawards@gmail.com.


Looking for a Teacher/Staff Gift?

How about an “Apple for the Teacher”!

SEF has the perfect way to recognize and thank our teachers and support staff while contributing to future grants and programs that will benefit our children.

Your $25 purchase of an “In Your Honor” apple will be awarded to your specified teachers or support staff along with a written acknowledgement of the donor.

PayPal - The safer, easier way to pay online!Please make your online apple purchase today! During the PayPal check-out process please be sure to click on the prompt to provide the name of the teacher you wish to honor.

If you are making a class gift, wish to make a larger donation to SEF, or perfer not to make your purchase/donation online you may use our paper form:

In Your Honor” form (PDF)

Your gift is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Shrewsbury Education Foundation’s tax identification number is 04-3168554.