, Salem, MA


August 30, 2013

Column: Foundation focuses on supporting schools; want to help?


Education Now / Educación Ahora Community Newspaper: This free, bilingual community newspaper is focused entirely on Salem schools and other local education-related news. The paper will be published in October 2013 and April 2014. Interested in writing an article or telling us about your classroom or helping us deliver newspapers? Volunteers and sponsors needed.

School-based Teacher & Parent Ambassadors: Volunteer teachers and parents from each school are identified annually to serve as liaisons between schools and the Salem Education Foundation. Reach out if you’d like to volunteer.

Education Day 2014: A community day providing free educational activities for students of all ages (adults included). Education Day will be held Saturday, May 10, 2014, and will be based in Old Town Hall and Derby Square. Volunteers and partners needed.


Fund-A-Need: The Hats Off to Education gala and auction raised $8,500 in private donations for Fund-A-Need; these funds will be directed to students in Salem Public Schools. These funds will provide backpacks filled with school supplies for every entering kindergarten student on free or reduced-priced lunch. These funds will also support Salem High student-athletes by offering partial support for their annual sports fees, and to middle school students for music and arts enrichment activities, including musical instrument rental.

Grants to teachers: Grant applications are being accepted from public school teachers this fall through Oct. 4; grants will be announced in November 2014. Last year, a total of $22,000 in teacher grants was awarded to Salem teachers in support of innovative classroom learning activities.


Food for Thought Raffle: The popular “win dinner for two anywhere in the world” raffle picks up in October; the winner will be announced prior to Halloween. PTOs can participate and earn $1 for every ticket they sell over 100 tickets. The school that sells the most tickets earns a place at the front of the line in the Haunted Happenings Parade. Volunteers needed.

Hats Off to Education – 20th Anniversary Celebration: The foundation’s annual gala and auction will take place Friday, May 9, 2014. This is our primary annual fundraiser and supports all of our activities throughout the year. Volunteers and sponsors needed.

For more information about the Salem Education Foundation and how you can get involved, email


Janine Matho is president of the Salem Education Foundation.

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