Lynn Business Education Foundation president Greg Ambrose and Superintendent of Schools Dr. Catherine Latham sign a memorandum of understanding, while looking on are, from left, LBEF past president Brian Thomas, treasurer Jack Greeley, executive director Dr. Frederick Cole, Lynn School Committe member Charlie Gallo and Sarah Jackson, coordinator of private partnerships for Lynn Public Schools. Photo/Story Courtest of the Lynn Item.
|In a time when municipal budgets are seemingly getting tighter every year, school districts are being forced to think creatively in order to supplement their funding. Lynn Public Schools has just aced a test in that regard, with help from a longtime partner. The district and the Lynn Business Education Foundation forged an agreement enabling Lynn Public Schools to apply for private grants whenever foundations and corporations require applicants to have 501(c)(3) status — typically a minimum criterion for such funding.
As public entities, school districts are not eligible for 501(c)(3) status. Under the agreement, grant applications will be submitted through the Business Ed. Foundation, which will distribute any money received to LPS. “This is an exciting and significant development for our school district,” said Superintendent Dr. Catherine C. Latham. “It has the potential to open doors that were previously unavailable to us.”
Knocking on those doors will be Sarah Jackson, coordinator of private partnerships for LPS. Among the areas in which Jackson is pursuing grants is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). She is working with Rick Held, LPS assistant director of curriculum and instruction for science, to identify private funding and industry partnerships that would connect students with engineers, scientists and other STEM professionals.
Special to The Daily Item | Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013
|The Lynn Business Education Foundation has donated more than $4,000 worth of educational materials to schools in the City, purchasing Classroom Jeopardy! kits for five high schools and a LEGO education kit for Washington STEM Elementary. Classical, English, St. Mary’s, Tech and Fecteau-Leary received the Jeopardy! game, according to Lynn Business Education Foundation Executive Director Dr. Frederick M. Cole. “We saw that English, Classical and St. Mary’s had a Jeopardy! competition at the end of last school year, so we thought we would see if they were interested in getting the classroom version,” he said.
Published on Saturday, March 02, 2013 The Daily Item
|A trail of red and white hats, taped to the floor, Led the Ford School visitors to the elevator door. From there they went up, those hats red and white, To a room that held a wondrous sight: A celebration was on, as a matter of course, For Dr. Seuss, reading and Dr. Miriam Morse.
"It's a celebration of Literacy Day," said Ford School Librarian Anne Marie Donnelly. "We're re-dedicating the library, we've invited 24 people to come and read to our classes, and in the afternoon we will celebrate with a school wide story ... 'Green Eggs and Ham.'
Nationally, March 1 is known as Read Across America Day, celebrated on Dr. Seuss' birthday since 1998. Its aim is to promote reading, motivation and awareness. This is the first year the school has joined in the fun that Donnelly can remember.
"I think it's important to show them that reading and literacy can be and is fun," she said.
"My goal is to encourage a love of reading. Principal Dr. Claire Crane's purpose is to get a book in the hand of every child in the school. It's why we have a library."
Dr. Frederick M. Cole speaks to Lynn Public School
students on celebrating "Literacy Day".
Former Boston Celtic Chris Herren, who overcame struggles with drugs and alcohol abuse, speaks at Breed Middle School to eighth graders as part of the Breed Speaker Series organized by the Breed Guidance Department.BEF Supported Event
Previously the Foundation, in a collaborative venture with the Lynn Public Schools and the Lynn Teacher's Union provided funding to send 16 school personnel, including the Superintendent, Deputy Superintendents, School Committee members, teacher's and Aides to a 3 day workshop at the United Federation of Teacher's in New York. Workshops were focused on leadership, data analysis, and classroom management. Upon returning the participants then conducted summer workshops for teacher's in the school system. In January, 2014 this collaborative venture was repeated sending 11 school personnel to New York.United Federation of Teacher's Workshop