Support Woburn Public Schools! Get Your Tickets TODAY for the 4th Annual Women’s Forum & Purse Raffle!

We are excited to confirm that award winning journalist, author and inspirational speaker Kelley Tuthill has renewed her commitment to keynote our 4th Annual Women’s Forum & Purse Raffle!  Get your tickets today and join us on Sunday, October 15th at 11 am at the Crest View Plaza in Woburn for a wonderful brunch buffet and raffle of high-end and designer purses, all to support innovative new classroom-based programs in the Woburn Public Schools.

For 18 years, Kelley Tuthill was a well-known and highly-regarded reporter and anchor at WCVB-TV and led the news teams which won several Emmy and National Headliner Awards.   A breast cancer survivor, she poignantly shared her journey with Channel 5 viewers and on-line users. Her series resulted in multiple national Gracie Awards and a regional Emmy. She is the co-author of You Can Do This! Surviving Breast Cancer Without Losing Your Sanity or Your Style. 

Kelley has been recognized as a “Hero Among Us” by the Boston Celtics, a “40 Under 40” by the Boston Business Journal and featured in the book Boston: Inspirational Women for her work on behalf of local and national breast cancer organizations.  She currently serves as Regis University’s first vice president of Public Relations and Communications.  We are so excited to have her as our keynote speaker for our Women’s Forum event!

Since its inception, the Women’s Forum event has directly funded more than $25,000 in Educator Grants, for projects that cannot be funded by the regular school budget.  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 help welcome Kelley 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.  Sponsorship Opportunities are also available.  For more information and to purchase tickets online visit our events page at www.woburnedfoundation.org/fundraising/womens-forum.  For more information call us at 781-281-9589.

Our Purse Raffle Raffle Preview Begins the Week of September 11th!  

Honor Your Special Educator with a 2017 Woburn’s Awesome Teacher Tribute!

Before you know it, school will be out for the summer!  Now is the perfect time to honor and thank your special teacher with a Woburn’s Awesome Teacher Tribute.  This campaign supports Woburn Community Educational Foundation’s Educator Grant Program, which has awarded more than $45,000 directly to Woburn Educators in just three years. A tribute to your awesome Woburn teacher not says “You make a difference”, but also makes a big impact on learning for today’s students!

Any member of the community is encouraged to honor of any current or former educator in the Woburn Public Schools.  Personalized tribute awards will be delivered personally by members of the WCEF board along with your tribute message.  The amount of your contribution is completely confidential.

To participate, simply complete a 2017 WATT Donation Form and mail to WCEF as per the instructions.  Forms can be downloaded and tribute donations made directly via the WCEF website at http://woburnedfoundation.org/fundraising/teacher-tribute/.

The deadline to participate in this year’s Woburn’s Awesome Teacher Tribute is Friday, June 2, 2017.  Questions?  Call us at 781-281-9589.

Winning Home, Inc. Funds Educator Grants

The Woburn Community Educational Foundation (WCEF) is proud to announce the receipt of a $5,000 charitable grant from Winning Home, Inc., to support new programs that address the needs of high-risk students in the Woburn Public Schools.  These funds will be distributed as part of this year’s Educator Grant Program, now open for proposals from Woburn Educators.    

This is the second year that Winning Home, Inc. has partnered with WCEF to provide new educational opportunities for Woburn children.  “This generous gift is an important investment in the potential 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.” 

Woburn Educators are invited to submit proposals for grants now through January 23, 2017.  To learn more about WCEF and our Educator Grants Program at www.woburnedfoundation.org.        

 

Pictured at the check presentation:

WCEF Board Members Brian Teague, Sue Ellen Holland, Executive Director Maureen Willis; Winning Home Treasurer/Director Albert “Chip” Curran, WCEF Board Member Robert E. Maguire, Winning Home Board Chair Thomas Martin, WCEF Board Members Nancy Whalen and Maria Zeqo.

Cummings Foundation Grant Makes a Difference for Woburn Students

In the spring of 2016, WCEF was awarded a “100k for 100” grant from the Cummings Foundation to support the Lexia Program as a pilot initiative in the Woburn Public Schools.  Today, more than 500 children in kindergarten through grade 5, at every elementary school in the district  are using the program to improve their reading skills.  

Over the next five years, the generous support of the Cummings Foundation will help ensure that every child reads at grade level and can achieve their full academic potential as students in the Woburn Public Schools. 

Thank you, Cummings Foundation, for this important investment in our children!

Visit the Cummings Foundation website for more information on their great work to support local nonprofits!

Visit our Educator Grants page to learn more about how WCEF, with the support of our community, is making a difference for students and teachers in the Woburn Public Schools. 

This Street Style Bag from the Frye Company Closes Out Our 2016 Purse Preview!

This Heidi Fringe Bucket Handbag is made of the softest Italian leather, molded and fringed into true street style fodder. With a stylish attitude, this bucket bag upholds the Frye tradition with its impeccable craftsmanship and quality. This is the bag you sling over your shoulder as you run for the bus, grab your morning cup of coffee, or hop on your bike for a great fall ride!

This vintage leather purse was donated to our Purse Raffle by Stanton & Company CPA’s of Woburn.

In total, we have 15 high end and designer purses on our Raffle Table!  Raffle tickets are sold at the event only for $5 each or 6 for $20.

Doors Open for our 3rd Annual Women’s Forum event tomorrow at 11 am!  Get your tickets online NOW or call Maureen at 781-281-9589 to make sure your name gets on the list!   

Tickets to Women’s Forum event are $50 per person and include one entry in our fabulous Purse Raffle.  Additional tickets to the purse raffle are sold at the event only, so secure your seat at the Women’s Forum today! For more information, including online event ticket purchases, visit our Women’s Forum event page!

Emily Riemer Steps Up to Keynote our 2016 Women’s Forum Event!

This is an important announcement about our 2016 Women’s Forum event:

Due to an unexpected scheduling conflict, Kelley Tuthill has had to postpone her commitment as this year’s keynote speaker.  

In her stead, we are pleased to welcome Emily Riemer, who has graciously volunteered to attend this year’s Women’s Forum event.

Please join us on October 16 as we welcome Emily to  Woburn and support new projects in the Woburn Public Schools!

 

Award winning journalist Emily Riemer is co-anchor of NewsCenter 5’s EyeOpener as well as NewsCenter 5 at Noon.
Riemer previously co-anchored WCVB’s weekend morning newscasts from March 2011 to May 2013 and returned to WCVB Channel 5 as an anchor in June 2014.

Before her time at WCVB, Riemer worked for duopolies WSYX-TV and WTTE-TV in Columbus, Ohio where she served as a political reporter and news producer.

During her distinguished career, Riemer has reported on a range of stories such as daily government and public policy stories covering topics such as legislative initiatives, election campaigns and the impact of budget cutbacks. Riemer secured an exclusive interview with Marc Dann, then Ohio’s embattled attorney general, on the eve of his resignation.

Riemer was also invited to the White House in December 2010 to interview President Obama, one of only four reporters from local affiliates around the country.

Riemer is a dedicated volunteer who strives to be involved with the community. During her time in Columbus, Ohio, she served as vice president of a non-profit that provides prom gowns to underprivileged teens in Central Ohio.

Prior to her work in Ohio, Riemer was the Saratoga bureau chief for Time Warner Cable’s Capital News 9 in Albany, NY. She began her broadcast career at Ithaca College’s NewsWatch 16 while studying broadcast journalism at the upstate New York school. During that time, Riemer was a summer intern with the medical news unit of WCVB.

A native of Andover, MA, Riemer graduated from Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Arts degree. She also holds a masters degree in international communications from Leeds University in England.

2016 Purse Raffle Preview #3: A Kate Spade Classic!

This polished and playful Adrien bag in Cobble Hill stripe features 2 outside pockets and a roomy main compartment with pockets for all your essentials.  Made from ribbed woven cotton fabric with pebbled leather trim, with double handles and a removable cross-body strap, this purse is perfect from day into evening and spans all seasons!

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A classic Kate Spade original, this purse is sponsored by Kevin P. Mooney DDS, PC, and can only be yours if you join us at our Women’s Forum event on October 16th!

Raffle tickets are sold at the event only for $5 each or 6 for $20.

Our Women’s Forum event is less than 2 weeks away – Get your tickets today!  

Tickets to Women’s Forum event are $50 per person and include one entry in our fabulous Purse Raffle.  Additional tickets to the purse raffle are sold at the event only, so secure your seat at the Women’s Forum today! For more information, including online event ticket purchases, visit our Women’s Forum event page!

More Purse Raffle Previews are Coming Soon!

Presenting Our 2016 Woburn’s Awesome Teachers!

Thank you for your support of our 2016 

Woburn’s Awesome Teacher Tribute Campaign!

This year our Woburn community honored 97 of our finest educators with 129 heart-warming tributes and contributed more than $4,000 to support Educator Grants!  Thank you for this AWESOME SUPPORT!

See the full list of honorees and photo gallery of award presentations on our Teacher Tribute Page!

WCEF Awarded “100k for 100” Grant!

Hurld School Says "Thank you Cummings Foundation!  We love Lexia!"

Hurld School Says “Thank you Cummings Foundation! We love Lexia!”

The Woburn Community Educational Foundation (WCEF) is excited to announce of the award a $100,000 grant through Cummings Foundation’s “100k for 100” program.  WCEF was chosen from a total of 479 applicants, as part of a competitive review process.

“We are beyond excited to be the recipient of a “100k for 100” grant from the Cummings Foundation”, expressed WCEF Executive Director Maureen Willis, “This award not only supports an important new project in the Woburn Public Schools, but also is a tremendous boost in status for our relatively young organization.  We could not be more honored and grateful to the Cummings Foundation for this wonderful investment in our work.”

The “100k for 100” grant will fund 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.

“WCEF funded the Lexia Program at the Hurld School as part of our 2015 round of Educator Grants”, explains Willis.  “The success of this program, based on teacher excitement and student advancement, inspired us develop this project as a district-wide initiative.”

“In 2016 we received requests for 7 different Lexia projects from Woburn educators,” she continues. “Our teachers see the value of Lexia as an educational tool that can improve their students’ literacy and reading comprehension.  Over the 5-year term of this project, we estimate that up to 1000 children will benefit from the Lexia Reading Program.  Students in kindergarten through grade 3 “learn to read” and by grade 4, must “read to learn”.  Our goal is to make substantial progress towards an outcome that has all students reading at grade level by grade 3, and on the road to academic success in grade 4.  This project has the potential to ensure the future achievement of an entire class of Woburn High School graduates.”

The Woburn Community Educational Foundation (WCEF) is a private nonprofit organization formed in 2014 with a mission 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 work to bring new resources to our schools to provide grants directly to teachers, fund opportunities for professional development and make investments in curriculum and technology as tools in learning.  Learn more about WCEF at www.woburnedfoundation.org.

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.