WCEF kicks off Teacher Appreciation Week with launch of Woburn’s Awesome Teacher Tribute Campaign!

We invite the Woburn Community to honor and thank a special educator with a Woburn’s Awesome Teacher Tribute!  This campaign supports Woburn Community Educational Foundation’s Educator Grant Program, which, to date, has awarded more than $100,000 to support new projects and initiatives in the Woburn Public Schools. This year especially, a tribute to your awesome Woburn teacher is the perfect way to send a personal message of thanks when you cannot do so in person.  Your Educators would love to hear from you, and your donation supports our schools. 

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 via email to each honored Educator, and will include your special tribute message.  The amount of your contribution is completely confidential.     

To participate, simply complete a 2020 WATT Donation Form and mail to WCEF as per the instructions.  Forms can be downloaded and tribute donations made directly via the WCEF website

The deadline to participate in this year’s Woburn’s Awesome Teacher Tribute is Friday, May 29, 2020.  Call us at 781-281-9589.  

Special Announcement: 2020 Woburn Hall of Fame Induction Event Postponed

The Woburn Community Educational Foundation (WCEF) and the Woburn Hall of Fame Committee wishes to express its gratitude to everyone who has taken action and made sacrifices during this unprecedented crisis to keep others safe and healthy.  We also feel deep empathy and sadness for everyone around the world who has been affected, and for those who will be.

Given what we are facing today, and the uncertainty of the near-future, we have made the decision to postpone this year’s induction event.  The 2020 Woburn Hall of Fame induction event will now take place on Saturday, September 26, 2020. 

We are grateful for the understanding of the inductees, our event sponsors and the cooperation of the Hilton Boston/Woburn in support of our shared commitment to produce a high-quality, enjoyable event that truly honors the achievements and contributions of this year’s impressive slate of inductees.

We invite our community to support Woburn’s newest institution and join in this celebration of Tanner Pride.    Please visit the Woburn Hall of Fame webpage for Sponsor, Program Ad and Ticket Information.   

 

WCEF Announces 2020 Educator Grants

The Woburn Community Educational Foundation is pleased to announce our 2020 grant awards to support exciting new projects and educational initiatives in the Woburn Public Schools.  Through the generosity of our community, $19,180 was granted to support 26 diverse classroom-based, whole-school and district-wide programs designed to engage students in interactive learning.  These funds will purchase innovative learning tools, deliver classroom technology enhancements, new educational enrichment programs and expand access to diversified texts across the district, all to support the academic success of today’s students.     

Special thanks to the Kiwanis Club of Woburn for its leadership support of WCEF and to the Winning Home Foundation for its continued partnership support that will fund thirteen 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.   

Winning Home Grants WCEF $10,000 to Support Woburn’s Most At-Risk Students

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 year’s award brings the total investment from Winning Home, Inc., to $30,000 in just 5 years; past grants have supported 22 innovative new projects that continue to benefit Woburn students at every elementary school and both middle schools. 

“Winning Home grants are making an immediate and lasting impact on the learning experiences of today’s students”, comments WCEF’s Maureen Willis.  “Winning Home grants have empowered our students to make positive life choices through a district-wide wellness initiative, imagine their future with career exploration in our middle schools, build literacy skills and a love of reading with diversified texts. Winning Home grants have also connected hundreds of students with technology and innovative programs that spark excitement in learning and student achievement.  We are grateful for the continued investment by Winning Home in the potential of Woburn’s most at-risk students, as part of its mission to serve the needs of Woburn’s 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 21, 2020.     

 

Pictured at the check presentation (l-r):

Winning Home Board Member Michael Maher, Winning Home Treasurer/Director Albert “Chip” Curran, WCEF Board Member Nancy Whalen, Winning Home Board Chair Thomas Martin, WCEF Executive Director Maureen Willis, WCEF Board Chair Joe Crowley, WCEF Board Member Robert E. Maguire.   

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