Our Mission

  • Broaden community support for education. 

  • Promote excellence by encouraging educators to take innovative approaches to education.

  • Serve as a conduit for foundation, corporate and individual donors to fund challenging programs in support of Ashland Public Schools' goals and curriculum.

Our History

In 1995 some Ashland parents, lead by Meg Whitehead, Claudia Bennett, Roberta Lesser, Nancy Stevens, Delores Markey, Elizabeth Manning and Judy Leavey among others, started the Ashland Education Foundation with the mission to provide financial support to Ashland K-12 school teachers for special projects not covered in their annual budget.The founders, through the generosity of lawyer and parent Tom Sannicandro, devoted many hours to formally establish the Foundation as a non-profit organization, complete with its own by-laws, tax ID, bank account and P.O. Box.The parent volunteers raised funds through unique means. The Thank-a-Teacher program invited parents to make a donation to the fund in their teacher's name at the holidays and at the end of the year.  Through various fundraisers, during the first five years, the Foundation was able to award over $25,000.00 in grants for innovative programs, many of which are still providing value in our schools today.

AEFI continued to grow through the 2000's as a consistent and innovative supporter of our schools and has become one of the model education foundations in the region.  Since its creation, the AEFI has raised ~$800K for innovative projects in our schools, with nearly $500K of that coming in the last 5 years alone.

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Board of Directors

Becky DeGeorge ..

Vance Brown..............

Sarah Berliner............

Monica Berry

Robyn Carter.......

Pam Sage..................

Hilary Mechler..........

Adam Wilen ..............

Amy Westerlind.........

.Meghana Deshpande

Hilary Skelton

Julia Chase

Sentie Kironde

Karen Spilka...............

 

James Adams.............

Paul Carpenter..........

Carolyn Breault.........

President, 

Secretary

Treasurer

Innovation Grants Director

Gala Director

College & Career Fair Director

Innovation Campaign Director

Publicity Director

Campaigns Assistant, Web

 

 

State Senator

 

 


Suptdt of Schools, APS

Dir. of Tech & Ops, APS

Instructional Grant Coordinator

School Administration Partners

 

 

 

Co-Webmaster

 

 

Bill Carson...................

Volunteers

© 2014 Ashland Education Foundation, Inc.     |     PO Box 71, Ashland, MA 01721     |    TIN 04-3289886