Presenting our 2018 Purse Raffle Preview – We open with a must-have tote by A. Bellucci

You will love this stunning black and white A. Bellucci Pelletterie tote with removable interior!  The exterior is stylish and timeless Ruga leather.  The interior is made of beautiful and durable fabric in a herringbone stripe that will handle day-to-day use as well as special occasions.    Made in Italy.

This lovely bag could be yours, but only if you join us on Sunday, October 21st for our 5th Annual Women’s Forum and Purse Raffle!  Your event ticket gets you one free entry in our purse raffle, and additional tickets will be sold at the event only.  Get your tickets today! 

This fabulous bag is generous sponsored by Woburn Travel.

 

Candy O’Terry to Keynote 5th Annual Women’s Forum Event!

Beloved Broadcaster, Accomplished Recording Artist and Award-winning President and Co-Founder of Women In Boston Media & Entertainment Candy O’Terry is coming to Woburn!  WCEF is proud to announce that Candy will be the special guest and featured keynote speaker at the 5th Annual Women’s Forum & Purse Raffle, set for Sunday, October 21st at the Woburn Country Club.

This annual event raises funds to support WCEF’s Educator Grants Program, which inspires Woburn teachers to bring creative new programs to our schools.  All proceeds from this year’s event will support grants awarded during this school year and make an immediate difference for today’s students.

Support our schools and join us as we welcome Candy to Woburn! Event tickets are $50 each, which includes one free entry in our fabulous purse raffle.  Additional Raffle tickets will be sold at the event only for $5 each or 6 for $20.  Sponsorships are also available at all levels.  For more information and to purchase tickets online visit our website at www.woburnedfoundation.org/fundraising/womens-forum.  For more information, call WCEF at 781-281-9589.

Presenting the 2018 Woburn’s Awesome Teachers!

The Woburn Community Educational Foundation is pleased to present the impressive list of Woburn Educators honored this year with a Woburn’s Awesome Teacher Tribute.  In total, 188 tributes were received for 151 educators, raising $4325 to support the Educator Grants Program.

We wish to thank the Woburn community for their generous support of this important 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.

The mission of the Woburn Community Educational Foundation is to increase private investment and community involvement in the Woburn Public Schools.  Our goal is to support educational programs and initiatives that empower teacher creativity and drive innovation in the classroom beyond that which is possible with public dollars.  We are a volunteer organization which works to bring new resources to our schools.

To view the full picture gallery, visit www.woburnedfoundation.org/teacher-tribute

WCEF Updates Community on 2018 Accomplishments and Announces Woburn Hall of Fame

Each year the WCEF is invited to attend a meeting of the Woburn School Committee to provide an update on the past year’s activities and news of future projects.  We are proud to this report with the Woburn community.

Educator Grants:  This year, through the generosity of our community, for the first time we were able to fund 100% of the grant requests received through our Educator Grant Program.  In total, more than $23,000 has been gifted to the schools to support 27 new and innovative projects; WCEF funds are now at work supporting Woburn educators at every school in the district.

In just four years, the Woburn Community Educational Foundation has raised funds in excess of $175,000 and invested these resources back into our schools.  Our Educator Grants Program has funded 75 new school based projects that could not be funded by the regular school budget.  Winning Home, a local foundation formed to support programs for Woburn children, has invested a total of $20,000 specifically to support new initiatives for our most at-risk students.  In year 2 of our Cummings Foundation “100k for 100” grant, almost 500 children in grades K-5 at every elementary school in the district continue to improve their reading skills with the Lexia Program.  And again this year, every kindergarten student received a brand new book as a way to welcome them to our schools and encourage reading in the home.

All that we have accomplished has only inspired us to do more. During this past year members of the WCEF Board joined with members of the administration at WMHS to forge a partnership to develop a new program to benefit our schools:  a Woburn Hall of Fame for Achievement, Community Contributions and Athletics.

Woburn Memorial High School has a proud and distinguished tradition of educational excellence and athletic achievement.  This Hall of Fame has been established to recognize those individuals whose integrity, achievements, sportsmanship and character have enhanced the overall educational experience of our youth, and inspired pride in our community.

The Woburn Hall of Fame will honor contributions in sports, and will include categories for individual athletes, teams, coaches, and community members.  It will also honor distinguished alumni who have achieved remarkable success in industry or have made outstanding contributions to society.

In the fall of 2018, the Woburn Hall of Fame will open for nominations from our community. Details on the guidelines and the application process will be made public at that time.  The first slate of candidates to be inducted will be announced in the Spring of 2019, with formal ceremonies in June.

We look forward to bringing our community an event that will duly honor those who have sustained Woburn Memorial High School’s proud and distinguished tradition of educational excellence and athletic achievement as well as invest in the next generation of outstanding scholars and athletes.

WCEF Announces 2018 Educator Grant Awards

The Woburn Community Educational Foundation is pleased to announce our 2018 grant awards to support exciting new projects in the Woburn Public Schools.  Through the generosity of our community, $19,012 was granted to support 22 diverse classroom-based, whole-school and district-wide initiatives 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.

“We were truly impressed by the quality of the proposals we received this year,” comments WCEF Executive Director Maureen Willis, “These requests reflect the real needs of our schools and the commitment of our educators to provide high-quality and meaningful learning experiences for all our students.  We are proud to support their great ideas.”

Special thanks to Reading Cooperative Bank for providing sponsorship support for the Educator Grants Program for the second consecutive year.  We are also grateful for the increased investment by Winning Home Foundation in the potential of Woburn students; this partnership support will fund eight 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 spring Awesome Teacher Tribute and fall Women’s Forum event.  To help make a difference in our schools, contact WCEF at 781-281-9589 or email us at contactus@woburnedfoundation.org.

View more pictures from the grant awards at on our Facebook page!

WCEF Receives Leadership Gift from Winning Home

The Woburn Community Educational Foundation (WCEF) is proud to announce the receipt of a $10,000 charitable grant from Winning Home, Inc., to fund Educator Grants which address the special educational needs of high-risk students in the Woburn Public Schools.  This generous grant from Winning Home, Inc. represents a 100% increase over previous awards, inspired by the success of projects funded by the local foundation over the last two years.

“Winning Home grants are making a dramatic and lasting impact on the learning experiences of our most challenged students”, comments WCEF’s Maureen Willis.  “We are so grateful for the continued support of Winning Home, as part of its mission to serve the needs of Woburn’s disadvantaged children and their families.”

This funding from Winning Home, Inc. will be made available to Woburn Educators as part of this year’s round of grant awards.  Woburn Educators are invited to submit proposals for grants now through January 22, 2018.

 

Pictured at the check presentation:

WCEF Board Member Robert E. Maguire, Executive Director Maureen Willis; Winning Home Board Chair Thomas Martin, WCEF Board Member Maria Zeqo, Winning Home Treasurer/Director Albert “Chip” Curran

Our 2017-2018 Educator Grants Program is Now Open!

Up to $25,000 in Grants to be Awarded to Support
New Educational Initiatives in the Woburn Public Schools

The Woburn Community Educational Foundation is pleased to announce that this year’s Educator Grants Program opened Monday, December 11, 2017.  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 22, 2018.  Grant awards will be announced in early March 2018.

2017/2018 Grant Application and Guidelines 

Thank You for Supporting Our 4th Annual Women’s Forum & Purse Raffle!

WCEF wishes to thank everyone who made this year’s Women’s Forum & Purse Raffle another great success!  Your support helps to fund this year’s Educator Grants, which provides resources for creative classroom-based programs and educational initiatives that support student achievement and that cannot be funded by the regular school budget.

A very special thanks to our featured keynote speaker, Kelley Tuthill, who was charming and funny and spoke so openly of her personal struggles and professional choices.  Her motto to “Get better, not bitter” in her fight with cancer inspired everyone in attendance.   Her daughter Maddie accompanied her mom to the event and helped draw our 16 purse raffle winners.  We thank both Kelley and Maddie for taking time away from family to support the Woburn Public Schools.

And to all those in attendance – thank you for coming to this year’s event, for your generous interest in our raffle, and for you interest in WCEF.  We hope to see you again next year!

Visit Our Event Page for event pictures and the full list of sponsors

 

Because Every Woman Should Own at Least One Red Purse…

We are closing this year’s purse raffle preview with a classic from Michael Kors!  This East/West Hamilton Satchel in Red Saffiano Leather has double 5″ drop handles and an 11″ shoulder strap and features 2 roomy interior compartments with an additional interior zipped pocket for security.  Function and style in a color that will set the right mood, day or evening.

This purse is sponsored by Little Folks Day School, 600 West Cummings Park, Woburn

This stylish and functional purse is just one of the 16 fabulous handbags, tote bags, cross bodies and satchels we have assembled for this year’s raffle! 

To Enter, Get Your Ticket Today to the Women’s Forum Event!

Buy Your Tickets Online NOW!

 

Always a Purse Raffle Favorite – Kate Spade!

Presenting this cute and oh so functional Jackson Street Harlan Crossbody.  Bold geometric embroidery on hard-wearing denim pairs with rich leather trim on this strikingly elegant purse.  The zip-close fold-over flap isn’t just stylish; it also offers a secure alternative to the more spacious main compartment, making staying organized a snap.

The result? A clever little crossbody with loads of charm that’s ideal for days (and nights) on the go.
Features include:
22″L adjustable strap
Magnetic closure
14k light gold-plated exterior hardware, logo & 1 zip flap compartment
1 interior slip pocket

This purse is part of this year’s Purse Raffle through the generous support of E.G. Barker Lumber

Don’t miss your chance to win this or one of our other fabulous purses up for grabs at our Women’s Forum event!  Get your tickets today!

Visit our Women’s Forum Event Page for more information!