cohasset education foundation




Cohasset Education Foundation


Fall 2016

We begin this year, the 10th anniversary of the revitalization of the Cohasset Education Foundation, by looking back with gratitude to the foresight of our initial founders in 1997, and to the insight and community spirit of the 2006-07 board members who brought the CEF to its present form. Their vision to work in partnership with the Cohasset Public Schools to promote excellence in education is the driving force behind our work for the past ten years. To date, we have funded nearly $1 million in grants and built an Endowment Fund of well over $700,000.

During the last school year, we are especially proud to have funded nearly $90,000 in grants, the majority of which directly support three major school district goals across all schools – Osgood, Deer Hill and the Middle High School. Grants for the Positive Behavioral Intervention Strategies and performances by Drug Story Theater focused on the social and emotional well-being of all students. Technology teaching tools such as Bee Bots and Sphero coding initiatives, LEGO Robotics, Little Bits engineering program, and equipment for the Stop Motion Animation class build on the implementation of the Digital Learning Plan and bring experiential learning to the STEAM (STEM + Arts) curriculum. Grants providing adaptive furnishings to every classroom K-5 and select MHS classrooms, together with technology tools and hardware for specialized instructional teaching, support the district-wide goal of promoting Universal Design for differentiated learning.

All three goals come together in this year’s initiative to transform the existing MHS library into a 21st C Learning Commons.  For the past three years a team of teachers, students, administrators and community members has worked to bring forward a design for a dynamic, flexible, collaborative space in which 21st C teaching tools and methods can be deployed for educational excellence. The Library to Learning Commons project will bring us alongside our peers in Duxbury, Hingham and elsewhere. Research indicates that improvements in library and media services have a direct correlation with student achievement.  In this, our 10th year, the CEF is committed to raising $250,000 to fully implement this project. All funds donated in the 2016-17 school year will go directly to the Learning Commons Capital Campaign. By fall of 2017, students, teachers, administrators and community members of our school district will be welcomed into a creative, connected and open Learning Commons.

Our events calendar has changed somewhat from previous years.  We will host an open house for parents of HS seniors on October 25 and one for parents of Kindergartners on November 3. The ever popular Spelling Bee will move to March 26, 2017, and our Spring Gala will coincide with the Kentucky Derby on May 6, 2017. Look for our annual appeal letter and November cocktail evenings to raise funds for the Learning Commons Capital Campaign and expect a call during our third annual Phonathon in February.
We hope you will join us in celebrating 10 years of promoting excellence in Cohasset Public Schools and invest in the immediate future with a contribution to the Learning Commons Capital Campaign.


Cindy Matheison, President





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