The creativity and innovativeness of public school teachers were recognized and celebrated at Cape Cod Five’s 18th Annual Educational Mini-Grants Awards Reception on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. Among the winning projects from Cape Cod teachers were Individual Student DNA Analysis, Cape Cod Brochure and Sustaining and Protecting Our Local Estuaries. On Cape Cod, teachers from 33 schools were awarded grants to fund 62 projects.
Approximately 100 local educators joined Cape Cod Five at the awards reception held at Cape Cod Community College, where a total of 84 grants were awarded to 114 teachers from schools across the communities the Bank serves. A brief ceremony was held, which included Cape Cod Five’s President and CEO Dorothy A. Savarese, who stated, “Today, we come together to recognize the creative and innovative projects that you, our educators, have developed to inspire, challenge and empower the young minds in our region.” Other speakers included Dr. John Cox, President of Cape Cod Community College, Bert Talerman, First Executive Vice President of Cape Cod Five, and Elizabeth Grady, Chair of the Cape Cod Five Foundation Youth and Education Donation Advisory Committee.
During the reception, five additional grants were awarded via a random drawing. Winners of the additional funding included: Donna Chase from Harwich Elementary School; Carol Fiocco from Harwich Elementary School; Kara Yuen from Orleans Elementary School; Carey Raimo from Stony Brook Elementary; and John Flynn from Wareham High School.
All kindergarten through 12th grade public educators from the communities served by Cape Cod Five were invited to the awards reception. Select award-winning teachers set up displays of their project ideas during the reception to contribute to the sharing of ideas among educators.
Since the Educational Mini-Grants program’s inception in 2000, 1,077 grants totaling more than $414,000 have been awarded. Public school teachers from all grade levels on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Southeastern Massachusetts communities served by the Bank may submit their applications for Mini-Grants in the fall. Teachers use the grants to offer unique educational programs that would otherwise not be available to their students.