Foundation Awards Grants, Holds Fundraiser

EDUCATION SUPPORT: Union Chef Michael Fusco, left, and Union Theater Director Troy Powell went head-to-head with their banter and signature dishes on May 22 at Union Schools Education Foundation’s Grilln’ N Chilln’ event with live entertainment, raffle items and souvenirs.Proceeds from the event went to support the foundation.

Courtesy Union Public Schools

The Union Schools Education Foundation () recently announced the creative projects and programs that it will fund for Union Public Schools teachers and students. For more than 23 years the foundation has supported teachers’ ideas and passion through a grant process.

“This is one of the things our trustees like the best about serving on the foundation board,” says Greg Boudreau, president. “We raise money all year through fundraisers, and now we actually get to see the teachers’ faces when we give the money; it really is a great feeling to give money for projects that Union teachers truly believe in and you know are going to benefit so many students.”

One recent fundraiser, Grilln’ N Chillin’, was held on May 22. The evening featured live entertainment, raffle items, souvenirs and a “BBQ Throwdown,” with the throwdown being the main event of the night.

Union Chef Michael Fusco and Union Theater Director Troy Powell went head-to-head with their banter and signature dishes.

With no auctions, this was not your typical fundraiser, says Bonnie Polak, executive director. The evening is just about having a good time with good people.
The proceeds from the event went to the foundation, which benefits Union students, teachers and programs that would otherwise go unfunded.

The Union Schools Education Foundation was established in 1991 by Union district patrons and administrators who were dedicated to making investments in education. is an exclusively educational and charitable nonprofit corporation, separate and apart from Union Public Schools.

It maintains its own integrity while working closely with the school district. Tax-exempt donations from individuals, corporations and foundations are used solely for the benefit of our students and teachers.

The foundation is pleased to support the following Union Educators with funding:

Connie Miller, Andersen Elementary – “ABC Fun: Animal Book Connections”
Jonnie Williams, Andersen Elementary – “Life in the Garden at Andersen”
Gail Herrington, Boevers Elementary – “Hands-On Math”
Rebekah Graddy, Boevers Elementary – “Puzzles for Pre-K”
Angie Clift, Briarglen Elementary – “Math Mania”
Kayla Wicker, Briarglen Elementary – “Inquiring Investigators”
Kelly Hadden, Briarglen Elementary – “Learning Our Letters in a Hands on Way”
Kristyne Salley, Briarglen Elementary – “Robo-Engineering”
Shona Scott, Grove Elementary – “The Expanding Expression Tool Kit – 2nd Edition”
Paige Bergin, Jarman Elementary – “STEM-ulating Our Students”
Wednesday Rogers, Jarman Elementary – “Supporting Math Instruction with Children’s Literature”
Heather Andrew, McAuliffe Elementary – “The Art of Teaching Empathy”
Brooke Kasbaum, Moore Elementary – “Seriously Learning Using Series Books”
Stacey Brocksmith, Moore Elementary – “Falling Through the Cracks”
Emmet Bowen, Peters Elementary – “The Road to Readiness”
Kathy Harding, Peters Elementary – “The Road to Readiness”
Kay Leslie, Peters Elementary – “The Road to Readiness”
Kelley Morris, Peters Elementary – “Sand + Water = Science and Math”
Linda Barton, Peters Elementary – “Light Up Our Learning”
Amy Schwier, Rosa Parks Elementary – “Creating Scientists and Engineers”
Judith Collier, 6th/7th Grade Center – “Prepared Microscope Slides”
Tina Fridrich, 6th/7th Grade Center – “Science Lab Equipment to Enhance/Implement OASS”
Virginia Soukup, 6th/7th Grade Center – “STEM Readers are Leaders”
Jason Schrepel, 8th Grade Center – “Hands-On Mathematics for Preparation and Skill Remediation”
Paula Ontko, 8th Grade Center – “What’s Cooking”
Tamarah Danzy, 8th Grade Center – “Catapult Shot Put”
Katie Livingwood, 9th Grade Center – “Exploring Electrophoresis”
Cathy O’Dell, High School – “No More Barries”
Diana Nunes, High School – “Trout In the Classroom Plus”
Ken Woxell, High School – “Environmental Science”
Marianne Bitely, High School – “Global Gardens for ER2 Students”
Rebecka Peterson, High School – “Be Prepared for the AP Calculus Exam”

Updated 05-27-2014

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