The 2019-2020 Educator Grants Program is now OPEN!

The Woburn Community Educational Foundation is pleased to announce that this year’s Educator Grants Program is now open.  Educational Professionals from the Woburn Public Schools are invited to apply for funds to support their creative ideas for programs or projects that are not funded by the regular school budget.  Grants of up to $1,000 will be made to support new initiatives at any grade level and in any subject, to include the arts, sciences, literacy, math, social studies, physical education and 21st Century skills. 

The deadline for grant applications is Monday, January 21, 2020.  Grant awards will be announced in early March 2020. 

Educators, we have updated the Guidelines for this year’s program! Please visit the Educator Grants Page for the complete Grant Application and Guidelines.        

Call of Nominations for the 2020 Woburn Hall of Fame

The Inaugural Woburn Hall of Fame event was a tremendous success, honoring the achievements and contributions of 18 individuals and 3 championship teams.  To build on this momentum and secure the legacy of the Woburn Hall of Fame, the committee will vote to induct another class of honorees at an event set for May 16, 2020.  Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 Woburn Hall of Fame.

“Every member of the selection committee received at least one call or email asking why a certain person or team was not part of the Inaugural Class”, explains WCEF Executive Director Maureen Willis.  “These people could not be inducted because they were not nominated.  The Selection Committee wants to see nominations in all categories, but especially those that maybe should have been part of that first group of inductees.” 

So Woburn, who did we miss?  Nominations will be accepted until December 1, 2019 for the 2020 induction event.   

The Woburn Hall of Fame honors contributions in sports, including categories for individual athletes, teams, coaches, and community members.  It also honors distinguished alumni who have achieved remarkable success in industry or have made outstanding contributions to society.  Any member of the greater Woburn community is invited to submit a nomination for an individual or team in any category. 

Nominations forms are available online at http://bit.ly/WoburnHOF or call 781-281-9589 to request nomination forms by mail. 

Your nomination helps secure the legacy of the Woburn Hall of Fame!

Radley London is Back in Our Raffle – This Bag has Personality and Function!

You will truly have it all with this Radley to the Core Medium Multiway Grab Bag!

Crafted from smooth leather, this purse features zip-top fastening, grab handles, multi-compartment design and a cross body strap.
Appliquéd with scottie dogs, apples and flowers, this bag will carry you through fall – and organize everything you have to carry! 

This purse is sponsored by Little Folks Day School, Woburn

It’s not too late to get your tickets and join us at the 6th Annual Women’s Forum & Purse Raffle!  We have 14 Purses on the Raffle Table, plus a delicious brunch buffet and featured keynote Loren Raye.  

Get your tickets today! 

A Special Preview Reveal for our Social Media Followers …Show Your Woburn Pride with this Great Bag by Michael Kors!

Presenting the Bedford Legacy Leather Flap Shoulder Bag in Burnt Orange. 

Modern details highlight this Michael Michael Kors shoulder bag cut in a sleek silhouette for maximum portability and style.

Features 10-1/2″ goldtone and leather handles with a 23″ long adjustable removable strap.  Zip closure, Gold-tone exterior hardware, with 2 zip pockets & 1 snap pocket on the outside, 1 zip pocket & 2 slip pockets on this inside.  
This bag is perfectly sized for everyday in very stylish “Woburn Tanner” orange!

This bag is sponsored by Michael Martini. 

Show your Woburn Pride!  Get your tickets today for the WCEF Women’s Forum Event!  Your $50 ticket gets you entered in our Purse Raffle, as well as a wonderful brunch buffet and inspiring words from this year’s keynote Loren Raye! 

Visit our event page for tickets and event details.  

A New Name in our Raffle – A Must-Have Purse You Can Only Win at our Event!

This is one of the most versatile bags ever! You will fall in love with this Floral Debossed Leather Allier Crossbody by Patricia Nash.

This mini sized bag features an adjustable, removable strap, push-lock closure and gold-tone exterior hardware. Inside, find an attached mirror, 2 interior slip pockets & 3 credit card slots.

Made from 100% Full grain vegetable tanned leather from a LWG GOLD Certified tannery. This certified leather is traceable, does not come from deforested areas, and all raw material is a by-product of the beef industry.

This fun and very functional bag can only be yours if you attend the Women’s Forum event! Get your tickets today and take a chance on this and many other great handbags on the Purse Raffle Table!

This purse was sponsored by Winchester Savings Bank.

Patricia Nash Allier Crossbody

We are Kicking Off this Year’s Purse Preview with TWO Stunning Bags that are Sure to be Raffle Favorites!

Here are just 2 of the many fabulous bags we will have up for grabs on the raffle table at this year’s Women’s Forum event.  Get your tickets here

First may we present the Kate Spade Lucie Street crossbody.  This adorable purse is a scaled-down version of the popular cameron street lucie, complete with a matching luggage tag.   Made of crosshatched leather with contrasting black leather trim, with a bookstripe printed on poly twill lining.  This bag is just the right size for day or evening! 

This purse is sponsored by Winchester Co-operative Bank

What would our Purse Raffle be without Michael Kors?

Presenting the gorgeous Stanton Medium East West Barrel Messenger.  Jungle chic with designer edge, this barrel bag walks on the wild side in a variety of animal prints, whipstitched detailing and polished gold-tone hardware.

This bag is a wonderful addition to our raffle table through the generous support of Robert E. & Karen Maguire. 

Join us on Sunday, October 20th as we welcome Loren Raye to Woburn!

Purse raffle tickets are available at the event only, so be sure to 
get your tickets today! 

The Inaugural Woburn Hall of Fame is a Tremendous Success!

“It’s hard to believe a city with such civic pride and high achievement has gone without a formal Hall of Fame for this long.” So opened the first-ever Woburn Hall of Fame Induction event, held on Saturday, June 15, 2019 at the Hilton Boston/Woburn.  A collaborative effort by the Woburn Community Educational Foundation and Woburn Memorial High School set out to change that, and establish an institution to honor and recognize those individuals whose integrity, achievements, sportsmanship and character have enhanced the overall educational experience of our youth and inspired pride in our schools and community.

The inaugural induction event attracted almost 300 Woburn alumni and community members for this reunion and celebration of Tanner Pride.  Emceed by Alex Thomas, the event, through video interviews, captured the spirit of teamwork, talent, hard work, and community and that is the at the heart of Woburn High. 

In her opening comments, Woburn Memorial High School Principal Jessica Callanan commended her fellow committee members who worked to bring the program to fruition: WMHS Vice Principals Ed Maguire and Meg Patrissi, Athletic Director Jim Duran, WCEF Board Members Mike Martini, Don Queenin, Brian Teague, Maureen Willis, Maria Zeqo, and community members Paul Andrews and Bob Norton. 

A highlight of the evening was a video of interviews, during which each inductee, their families and team mates reflected on their fondest memories and the meaning of Tanner Pride.  Produced by Brian Ouellette and Woburn Public Media, the presentation was timed to each inductee announcement and in its entirety showcases the talent, integrity and sportsmanship of this year’s inductees. 

Special thanks to the event sponsors, whose investment set a foundation upon which to build on for the future Woburn Hall of Fame:  North Suburban Transportation, Rick Metters & Maura Embler, J. Mulkerin Realty, Northern Bank & Trust and Winchester Cooperative Bank.  Sales of ad space in the commemorative program also contributed much to this founding effort.    

In closing the Woburn Hall of Fame event, the committee announced that there will be an induction event in 2020.  Nominations are now being accepted for the 2nd class of inductees through December 1, 2019.  Community members are also being sought to join the committee to support the success of the 20202 Event.  Those interested should call Maureen at 781-281-9589.

The induction event was filmed by Woburn Public Media.  For a link to the video, to view the Woburn Hall of Fame Event Program, order copies of the inductee interview video or to download nomination forms for the 2020 Woburn Hall of Fame event, please visit the Woburn Hall of Fame website at https://bit.ly/2CYX1S8.

Woburn Community Honors Awesome Teachers!

We are pleased to present the impressive list of Woburn Educators honored this year with a Woburn’s Awesome Teacher Tribute.  In total, 211 tributes were received for 141 educators, raising $4318 to support the Educator Grants Program.        

Big thanks to our Woburn community for generously supporting this program, which not only raises important funds for the Woburn Public Schools, but also reminds our awesome teachers that their efforts are noticed and appreciated by their colleagues, community, students and families, both past and present. 

See the full gallery of presentations here:

Lexia Case Study: A Success Story in the Woburn Public Schools

Woburn students and teachers love the Lexia Program!  In 2016, after receiving multiple requests for Lexia through the Educator Grants Program, the Woburn Community Educational Foundation (WCEF) applied for and was awarded funding through Cummings Foundation’s “100k for 100” program.  The grant supports a 5-year pilot project to provide the Lexia Core 5 Reading Program as a district-wide initiative to improve reading skills for the lowest performing students in kindergarten through grade 3 in the Woburn Public Schools. 

The success of the pilot to date has been impressive, and has caught the attention of Lexia, which published a case study to highlight the impact the program has had in the schools.  The report notes that of the 1,166 students using Core5 during the 2017-2018 school year, 53% met their usage targets and 70% of these students met their end of year reading benchmark.  As a result of Woburn students high use of Lexia, the percentage of students working below their grade level reduced from 47 percent to only 4 percent.  Studies have shown that students who read at grade level by grade 4 enjoy greater success throughout their academic careers.

As use of the program expands in each elementary school, Core5 is also helping the district move towards a more student-centered educational environment—where learners can move up the learning scale based on their individual capabilities. 

Wendy Sprague, assistant superintendent explains: “Following our district’s new strategic plan, Lexia is a tool that is creating equity amongst our schools while providing students with opportunities and support we have not previously been able to provide.”

“Thanks to the support of the Cummings Foundation, this project has the potential to ensure the future achievement of an entire class of Woburn High School graduates,” states WCEF Executive Director Maureen Willis.  Read the Lexia Core5 Report here.    

Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings of Winchester.  With assets exceeding $1 billion, it is one of the largest foundations in New England.  Additional information is available at www.cummingsfoundation.org.

Photo:  Ms. Connolly’s students at the Goodyear Elementary School Love Lexia!

Presenting the 2019 Educator Grant Awards

The Woburn Community Educational Foundation is pleased to announce our 2019 grant awards to support exciting new projects and educational initiatives in the Woburn Public Schools.  Through the generosity of our community, $18,786 was granted to support 25 diverse classroom-based, whole-school and district-wide programs designed to engage students in interactive learning.  These funds will purchase innovative learning tools, provide professional development opportunities for teachers, deliver classroom technology enhancements and new educational enrichment programs, all to support the academic success of today’s students.     

Special thanks to the Winning Home Foundation for its continued investment in the potential of Woburn students; this partnership support will fund six of the grants awarded this year.

WCEF is a nonprofit organization formed to increase private investment and community involvement in the Woburn Public Schools.  Grant funds support new projects that cannot be funded by the regular school budget. WCEF raises funds in the community through our Awesome Teacher Tribute Program and the Woburn Hall of Fame and Women’s Forum events.  To help make a difference in our schools, contact WCEF at 781-281-9589 or email us at contactus@woburnedfoundation.org.