Award Winners

Congratulations to our Winter 2013 Mini-Grant Award Winners!

Mini-grant recipients for Winter 2013 focused on core curriculum and arts related programs.

These funds were made available by the Stoddard Charitable Trust and the Distinguished Alumni and Friends of the Worcester Public  Schools event.

Zohar Badenhausen - Midland – Searching for Weather Patterns, $490

Victoria Caezza and Dierdre Carlson - BMS – Flat to Form:  Medieval Castles, $400

Deirdre Carlson, Cindy Roach and Arthur Jarrett - Claremont – What Happens to a Dream Deferred?, $500

Roger Clapp - Jacob Hiatt – That’s for the Birds!, $295

Andrea Cook - Sullivan Middle – Bucket Brigade, $500

Deborah Engstrand, Carmelo Borges and Luann Gallagher - Chandler Elementary  – A World of Wonder, $500

Elizabeth Fortin, Mary Caputo Daniel Gay and Maureen Irish - Chandler Magnet – Altered Books, $300

Frances Friedman - Burncoat High – Introduction to African Art, $163

Shannon Hammond and Jason Kobialka - UPCS – Building a Sixth Sense Device, $419

Phil King and Michele Fournier - Burncoat Middle -Put Down That Sword, Knave!, $500

Mary-Margaret Mara and Joanne Baudin - Chandler Magnet – ABC’s and 123’s, $399

Pascalia Mattioli - South – Interdisciplinary Unit, $500

Susan McCarty - Gates Lane – So That’s Where I Live!, $500

Lnda McSweeney and Glenn Tucker – Lake View – All Hands On Deck, $383

Jenny Montiverdi - Gates Lane – Whooo Takes Flight, $330

Judy Niddrie  and Emily Kay - Tatnuck – It’s A Bug’s Life!, $500

Daniel Patrone - ACT– Journalism Club, $500

Josh Torchia, Jill Camilieri and D’Angelo Fernandez - Woodland Academy – City of Worcester, $500

Mary-Margaret Mara and Joanne Baudin - Chandler Magnet – ABC’s & 123’s, $399

Monica Wolf and Karen Glick - Flagg – ANIMALS…Share the Knowledge, $407

Eileen Dame - WEMS – Shakespeare Can Be Fun!, $475



Congratulations to our Winter/Spring 2012 Mini-Grant Award Winners!

School Foundation Announces Awards

The Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Inc. (WEDF), organized in 2005 for the sole purpose of supporting the Worcester Public Schools, announced today $12,026.50 in mini-grant awards for the 2012 school year.  The program has been funded by an anonymous donor, the retirees’ reunion, the Stoddard Charitable Trust, the Grafton Hillers, and general funds of WEDF.  Mini-grants support innovative classroom projects that promote interdisciplinary learning.
Awardees and their schools are:

Robert Thorsen, Laureen Riley, Marsha Ohanesian and Jill Thibodeau, Sullivan Middle, Making Strides for Health and Math, $ 462.

Michael Walden and Doreen Genna, Worcester Arts Magnet, Sixth Grade Self Portrait Show:  Creating Art in the Style of Artist Cindy Sherman, $ 471.59.

Alice Hunter, Steve Alzamora, Lauren Sargent, Seussical the Musical at New Citizens Center, $ 500.

Timmary Leary and Emily Reynolds, Inside Out: Reflecting on the Urban Landscape, Claremont Academy,$ 500.

Anne Clark, City View School, Collision Cars (CC)™, $ 500.

Angela Poirier and Ellen Moynihan, Music + Math = Composition, City View School, $ 500.

Fran Cranston and Patricia McKeon, Hitting A Home Run with Mathematics and Baseball, $ 500.

Jesse Garcia, Annette Cochran and Vincent Simmarano, Bringing Back the Blackstone in Worcester, Doherty High, $ 500.

Shannon Hammond, Fine Art and Functions, University Park Campus School, $ 250.

Zohar Badenhausen and Donna Garcia, Enhancing Reading Comprehension and Scientific Knowledge, $ 495.26.

Dante Quercio and Thomas Oliva, Ancient Engineering 2012, Forest Grove Middle, $ 500.

Maureen Irish and Mary Caputo, It’s Greek to Me!, Chandler Magnet, $ 500.

Jenny Montiverdi, Recruiting Readers:  Everyone Wins on this Team!, Gates Lane, $ 500.

Heather Farrington and Kathleen Prudente, Constructing 3-D Scale Model of Flagg Street School, Flagg Street, $ 500.

Susmita Bando and Suzanne Deedy, School Cafeteria Murals:  Literacy Through Art, $ 500.

Laura Cahill, Jason O’Connell and Catherine McGuirk, Greek Gods and Goddesses, Forest Grove, $ 500.

Mary-Margaret Mara, Elizabeth Fortin and Joanne Baudin, Imagery Here, Imagery There..through the Arts we can see Imagery Everywhere, Chandler Magnet, $ 498.65.

Michele Fournier, Shakespeare — Live!, Burncoat Middle, $ 500.

Daniel Gay and Jonathan Leary, The Science of Rock and Roll, ACT Program, $ 360.

Sharon McRae, Hello (not Bye, Bye) Birdy!, Chandler Magnet, $ 250.

Debra Engstrand, Carmelo Borges and Luann Gallagher, Leave No Child INSIDE – The Great Outdoors, Chandler Elementary, $ 500.

Christine Rovezzi, “I Can with the iPad!” Gates Lane, $ 500.

Carol Manning and Heidi Dumas, Analyzing the Beat with Heartfelt Exercise, Norrback School, $ 480.

Jane Rosen, Community Access, Mobility Solutions, SPED, $ 250.

Patricia Mangaudis, Sport Scoring Unit, Jacob Hiatt, $ 500.


The request for proposals and a technical assistance session was offered to all instructional personnel in the Worcester Public Schools. A broad-based committee included representatives from the community and district and also included high school students.

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