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  • WEDF Announces Honorees for 10th Anniversary Distinguished Alumni & Friends of the Worcester Public Schools Awards
    The Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Inc. (WEDF) is proud to announce the honorees for the 2021 Distinguished Alumni and Friends of the Worcester Public Schools Awards event. This year’s honorees are: Sydney Taylor Brown – Educator/Social Services Leader (posthumous)Enmanuel “Manny” Familia – Public Safety Hero (posthumous)John Goldsberry, M.D. – PhysicianMary Beth Bolduc Heffernan – Artist/Professor …
  • What’s Next for Recent Worcester Grads?
    As we prepare to kick off the 2021-2022 school year, we’re still celebrating our recent graduating Worcester Public Schools class of 2021!  So many Worcester alumni go on to do amazing things in their lives and careers. To celebrate the post-secondary pursuits of our WPS grads, we wanted to share this amazing list. Worcester Public …
  • Ryan P. Quinn Memorial Award and Mary Murphy Spirit Award Recipients Announced
    The Board of Directors of the Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Inc. (WEDF), is pleased to announce that the recipient of the 2021 Ryan P. Quinn Memorial Award is Talya Horton, a recent graduate of Burncoat High School and an accomplished student-athlete. Maggie McCarthy is the recipient of the Mary Murphy Spirit Award and is also …
  • WEDF Launches “Connected Scholars” Computer Scholarship Program
    In Spring 2020, the Worcester Educational Development Foundation (WEDF) announced the launch of its Connected Kids Campaign, designed to support Worcester Public Schools’ urgent goal of providing every student with a computer. The district identified the additional funds it needed to make this goal happen. With the support of WEDF, we are pleased to say …
  • WEDF Congratulates Elizabeth “Betty” Reidy Scholarship and Dr. Lee Gurel Award Recipients
    Worcester Educational Development Foundation is pleased to announce the 2021 Elizabeth “Betty” Reidy Scholarships and the Dr. Lee Gurel Award for Teaching and Learning Advanced Placement English. Elizabeth “Betty” Reidy Scholarships Betty Reidy was a North High graduate who was a lifelong Worcester resident who dedicated her life to improving the quality of life for …
  • Nominations Now Open for our Distinguished Alumni Awards!
    The Worcester Educational Development Foundation is pleased to announce that nominations are now open for the annual Distinguished Alumni of the Worcester Public Schools awards! This is a very special edition of the Distinguished Alumni Awards, as it’s the 10th anniversary of the program. The program was established in 2011 by WEDF to honor and …
  • Worcester Alumni & Friends: A Place for Alumni and Supporters to Gather
    We are thrilled to announce our brand new online community Worcester Alumni & Friends, which will allow us to establish greater connections with our graduates and the community. Through this new alumni network, all Worcester Public Schools alumni, supporters and community members will be able to stay connected and receive regular updates and news articles. …
  • WEDF 2019/2020 Annual Report
    OUR ANNUAL IMPACT:• Field trip experiences for more than 22,000 students• Warm winter outerwear for over 2,500 children• College prep for hundreds of students• Mini-grants for creative teachers• Technology, uniforms, instruments, and more  “As we celebrate this holiday season of giving, I look back over the past accomplishments of WEDF with pride, appreciation and affection …
  • Major Taylor Association Supports WEDF’s Connected Kids Campaign
    Worcester Educational Development Foundation thanks the Major Taylor Association for its generous contribution to our Connected Kids campaign. The funds have provided Worcester Public Schools students with Chromebooks, a much needed resource during the district’s shift to remote learning. Leveling the playing field was central to the struggles and successes of 1899 world cycling champion …
  • Worcester Resident Runs Marathon to Support WEDF’s Connected Kids Campaign
    On Sunday, August 30, Ken McCormack of Worcester ran a marathon distance around Worcester’s North Pond. He took on this challenge to raise funds for WEDF’s Connected Kids campaign. To date, his fundraiser has raised almost $2,000 from nearly 40 donors. “I couldn’t have asked for better running weather in August,” noted Ken after completing …
  • Worcester Public Schools College Matriculation 2020
    At WEDF, we know that Worcester Public Schools alumni go on to do amazing things. To celebrate our college-bound WPS grads, we wanted to share this list of over 100 institutions in more than 20 states WPS grads will be attending. 2020 WPS College Matriculation Adelphi University Andrews University Anna Maria College Assumption College Becker …
  • IPG Photonics Supports WEDF’s Connected Kids Campaign
    Worcester Educational Development Foundation thanks IPG Photonics for its significant contribution to our Connected Kids campaign. The funds will provide Worcester Public Schools students with Chromebooks, and supports the district’s commitment to a 1:1 student to device ratio. IPG Photonics is a global developer and manufacturer of high-performance fiber lasers and amplifiers with world headquarters …
  • Elizabeth “Betty” Reidy Scholarships Awarded
    The Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Inc. (WEDF) is please to announce the recipients of the Elizabeth “Betty” Reidy Scholarship. As a testament to her commitment to children and families, Reidy’s family has established this Scholarship for North High School graduates who intend to pursue a course of study and career in nursing, education, social work, …
  • Worcester Red Sox Donate Ceremonial First Pitch to Benefit WEDF Campaign
    WEDF extends a special thank you to Charles Steinberg and the Worcester Red Sox for donating the ceremonial first pitch at a Worcester Red Sox Game at Polar Park as an auction item to benefit our Connected Kids campaign. Congratulations and thanks go out to the winner of the item, Peter Caparso of Worcester. To …
  • WEDF Presents Gurel Award to North High Student and Teacher
    The Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Inc. (WEDF) is please to announce that the 2020 Dr. Lee Gurel Award for Teaching and Learning in Advanced Placement English has been awarded to student Lily Gandolfo of North High School and her teacher, Courtney Brousseau. Each year, the student honoree is chosen by lottery from the pool of …
  • COVID-19 Message
    The Worcester Educational Development Foundation, Inc. is responding to COVID-19 by doing whatever we can to keep pursuing our mission of supporting the students and teachers in the Worcester Public Schools.  Our staff is staying safe by working remotely, but our services are up and running and we are ready to help. Please do not …
  • 2020 Worcester Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
    The Worcester Public Schools Athletic Hall of Fame honors Worcester’s elite competitive athletes. The Hall of Fame was created to both honor our best athletes but also highlight the incredible diversity and the lifelong spirit of sportsmanship that Worcester’s athletes exemplify. 2019-2020 Inductees: Robert Bailey – Burncoat High School Stephen Brunelle – Doherty Memorial High School Lenny Carlson – North High …
  • Christina Chappell Joins WEDF as Advancement Associate
    WEDF is proud to announce and welcome Christina Chappell as the organization’s Advancement Associate. Chappell will be responsible for supporting the work of the WPS Alumni Network, handling communications, and assisting with development. Chappell holds a BA in English and Environmental Studies from Tufts University, and an MS in Environmental Education from Antioch University New …
  • 9th Annual Class of Distinguished Alumni & Friends Awards
    The 9th Class of Distinguished Alumni and Friends of the Worcester Public Schools Banquet and Awards program will be held on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at the Hogan Center, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA. These awards honor and recognize WPS alumni who have distinguished themselves by achieving outstanding success in academics, the arts, …
  • Stephen Mills Named Interim President
    Dr. Stephen Mills, founder of the Worcester Educational Development Foundation, has been named interim president of the organization.  Mills retired as Superintendent of the Acton-Boxboro Public Schools, was Deputy Superintendent of the Worcester Public Schools, and served on the Worcester School Committee. He is currently the director of the Center for Effective Instruction at Worcester …
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