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PEF Grants to PPS Teachers Exceed $73,000

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PEF Grants to PPS Teachers Exceed $73,000
Posted on 11/20/2017
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Portland Education Foundation (PEF) has completed its ninth annual Teacher Grants Program cycle. Funds disbursed in support of teacher grants in 2017 represent a 35 percent increase over last year.

Through the PEF Teacher Grants Program, Portland teachers are supported in their efforts to enrich education, innovate in the classroom, and engage the community. PEF teacher grants recognize, reward and support teachers’ work to inspire students and improve learning outcomes. This year’s funded projects represent a broad range of learning opportunities in all subjects and at all grade levels, and include experiences such as printmaking, gardening, dancing, and science projects.

97 grant applications were received requesting $85,069. Ninety grant proposals have been awarded, totaling $73,502. L.L. Bean’s contribution to the grants program allowed for the funding of 24 grants totaling nearly $20,000, and this year’s support from EnviroLogix funded nine grants totaling $8,000.

“I am a huge supporter of the work that PEF does on behalf of our students and teachers,” said Portland Public Schools Superintendent Xavier Botana. “The Teacher Grants Program is one great example of how PEF adds value to our district. Their investment in teachers is critical. The level of interest in these grants by our teachers demonstrates how committed our teachers are to creating innovative, interdisciplinary and engaging experiences for their students. As a district, we are fortunate to have partners such as L.L. Bean and EnviroLogix believe in, and invest in, our teachers.”

“This is a great example of how Portland is a great community, with many great partners committed to public schools,” said Sarah Moran, Chair of the PEF Teacher Grants Committee. “Once again, we’re proud to support the energy and innovation of Portland’s teachers. Investment in these projects is an investment in our future.”

In addition to funding from L.L. Bean and EnviroLogix, support for the 2017 PEF Teacher Grants Program comes from the Lennox Foundation, Androscoggin Bank’s Greater Giving, Gorham Savings, Saco & Biddeford Savings Foundation, Machias Savings Bank, Maine Medical Center, Portland Pottery, and individual contributions.

Portland Education Foundation is a private nonprofit committed to raising philanthropic support to enhance educational opportunities for present and future students in Portland’s public schools.

For more information, please contact PEF Executive Director Kate Snyder at 207-842-4658 or kate.snyder@pefmaine.org