FOSTERING INNOVATION AND EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION SINCE 2006
Many thanks to the St George Council of the Knights of Columbus for their generous contribution to the Guilford Fund for Education. The GFFE was one of the beneficiaries of the February 23, 2018 Knights of Columbus Fabulous Fish Fry Friday. Hundreds of Guilford residents flocked to the Knights of Columbus Hall on South Union Street for a feast of fried fish, mac and cheese, salad, shrimp and other gourmet treats. Shown here, right to left, Ken Costello, Recording Secretary, George Asmus, Grand Knight and GFFE Co-Chair Tina Roman.
Education Under the Big Top at Melissa Jones Elementary School
May 25 saw another first for Guilford schools thanks to a grant from the GFFE. Derek Delucia was awarded a grant to bring the National Circus Project to the Melissa Jones School for a five day educational residency where trained staff worked with Mr. Delucia to integrate circus skills such as plate spinning, walking on stilts, juggling, etc. to all grade levels and to every student. At the end of the week-long program, a select group of students performed a circus show for the entire school community including over a hundred parents. This program was a great opportunity for students to further develop and enhance their fine and gross motor skills using unconventional practices and to help students understand the effort of physical fitness and resiliency. More pictures here.
120 Intrepid Spellers Braved a New England Nor'easter to Support Education at the 12th Annual GFFE Spelling Bee. More pictures here.
Winner of Best of Hive: The Guilford Poets Guild.
Best Costume: Epicurean Beelights from The Marketplace
Best name: The Guilford High School Students with Highway to Spell
Most Spirit: The Miss Spellers from A.W. Cox School
The Witness Stones Project
Dennis Culliton and The Witness Stones Project was recently awarded a grant to bear witness to Guilford's history of slavery by installing markers, the "witness stones," in Guilford where slaves lived. These markers bear witness to Guilford's history as a slave owning town, and bring to mind the tragedy of slavery throughout history to the present day.
On November 2, the Witness Stones Project had a ceremony on the Guilford Green to install three Witness Stones, two on Park street and one on Boston Street. Pictures from the ceremony can be found here.
A Celebration of Education in Guilford held October 26
Seven grant recipients presented recaps of their grant projects to an audience of community members, and Guilford Public School teachers, administrators and students. Superintendent Freeman wrapped up with some words about the level of commitment he sees in the community for our public education program.
The GFFE Annual Appeal
Last year, the Guilford Fund for Education raised over $30,000 from donations and fundraising events.
The money raised this year will be allocated during the upcoming academic year to support projects by educators in the Guilford schools and local non-profit organizations. Please continue your support of education by making a donation today.