SEF news: Red Apple for the teacher (sign up by June 7th) and seeking new board members

Above: An SEF Red Apple for the teacher this year means supporting innovative teacher run programs for next year.

As the end of school approaches you often hear parents asking each other, “What are you giving the teachers”?

One popular choice is a Red Apple Award from the Southborough Education Foundation. The donation can be made in the name of any teachers/staff members of the Southborough public schools or Algonquin. Contributions are tax-deductible (and meet the teacher gift-giving provisions of the State Ethics Commission).

Each recipient of a Red Apple receives a certificate that includes your child’s name (but not the dollar amount of the gift).

The deadline for end-of-year gifts is Friday, June 7th. (You can fill out the application form here or sign up online here.)

Money raised is used to fund SEF’s innovation grants:

Make end of year gift giving easy and meaningful. . .

Red Apple Awards honor staff who contribute to your child’s success and support our schools by funding SEF grants that provide innovative learning initiatives outside of the standard curriculum.

But it’s not just donations that keeps the ball rolling on SEF’s good work. The organization also needs volunteers. With that in mind, you may also want to support their efforts by joining their board for the next school year.

For more information on joining, email (SEF also encourages you to follow them on Facebook to keep up with their efforts.)

To learn more about SEF and their work, you can click here. And here you can find the long lists of programs they supported through grants over the past few years. Examples include:

Finn: Climbing wall, Stand up workstations, Whiteboards, Family garden, Snowshoes

Woodward: Root Robots, Wake Up & Workout, Lexia for reading, Storywalk

Neary: Projection screen, Friday Farewell equipment, School store set up, IXL, Qball mic

Trottier: 21 st Century tech classroom, Green screen & Infrared thermal imaging camera

Algonquin: Podcasting equipment, Radio station, Writing center, Vernier Melt Station

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