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!


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

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

Honor Your Educator with An Awesome Teacher Tribute!

Our 2016 Woburn’s Awesome Teacher Tribute Campaign kicks off Teacher Appreciation Week!  Honor and thank your special Woburn educator with a contribution to WCEF!  Your donation funds grants made directly to Woburn Educators AND reminds our hard-working teachers that their efforts are noticed and appreciated!

Tribute forms are being sent home with kindergarten through middle school students the week of May 2 – 6.  This year’s campaign closes Friday, June 3, 2016.  All tribute awards and your personal messages will be delivered and presented by members of the WCEF during the first 2 weeks of June.

Our Woburn’s Awesome Teacher Tribute Campaign directly supports WCEF Educator Grants, which totaled more than $16,000 this year!

Nominate you Awesome Teacher and make a difference for our educators and their students in the Woburn Public Schools.

Visit our Teacher Tribute Page for more information, download a tribute form, or make your contribution online.  2016 WATT Award Certificate0002

Winning Home Supports WCEF Educator Grants!

The Woburn Community Educational Foundation (WCEF) is proud to announce the receipt of a $5,000 charitable grant from Winning Home, Inc., in support of WCEF’s Educator Grant Program.  These funds will be distributed during this year’s Grant Program, set to open for proposals from Woburn Educators on December 14th

“We are excited to have Winning Home as a partner in our work to benefit Woburn children”, commented Joe Crowley, WCEF Board Chair, “These funds will target projects that serve our most at-risk students and make an immediate difference in the Woburn Public Schools.”   

Winning Home, Inc. is a private nonprofit organization, established in 1898 to serve the needs of Woburn’s disadvantaged children and their families.  This local private foundation has distributed millions of dollars in grants in support of local organizations.  Learn more at     

Our Last Purse Preview Really Moves!

Its a Kate Spade “Disco Nap Feet” Clutch.  The hologram graphic design on this bag really does move with you!  Perfect for day or evening, when just the essentials will do. Clasp closure, drop-in chain shoulder strap, jacquard dot lining.  This fun and retro purse is sure to be a favorite at this year’s raffle! 

This clutch purse is sponsored by Northern Bank & Trust, Woburn

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