Winning Home Foundation, Inc. recently awarded the Woburn Community Educational Foundation (WCEF) a $20,000 grant, which represents year 2 of a multi-year investment in a new initiative in the district’s middle schools: Caring School Community. This generous gift will help educators address the social emotional needs of today’s students, to support their academic achievement and overall success in school and in life.
Caring School Community is a comprehensive, research-based social and emotional learning (SEL) program that builds assets in young people. This program will be implemented at both the Joyce and Kennedy Middle Schools to help foster a positive learning environment at each school, one in which students feel heard, known and cared for; a Caring School Community.
“WCEF is proud to partner with the Winning Home Foundation to offer this important program in Woburn’s Middle Schools” comments WCEF Executive Director Maureen Willis. “By helping our middle schools build Caring School Communities, Winning Home is supporting the overall health, wellness and success of a generation of Woburn students.”
About Winning Home: The Winning Home Foundation was formed through the sale of land assets of what was locally known as “Winning Farm for Children”. The sale process produced cash assets for long-term investment, and preserved approximately 50 acres of the farmland as permanent open space. Winning Home, Inc. remains true to the spirit and intent of its benefactor by working “for the benefit of children who are economically, socially, physically, emotionally or mentally handicapped or disadvantaged and their families.” Since its conversion from a landowner to a charitable trust, Winning Home has made grants over $5 million to area charitable organizations. Learn more at www.winninghome.org
Photo 1: Members of the Winning Home and WCEF Boards at the recent check presentation. Pictured are (l-r): WCEF Board and School Committee Member Colleen Cormier, WCEF Board Chair Brian Teague, Winning Home Treasurer Chip Curran, WCEF Executive Director Maureen Willis, Winning Home Board and WCEF Emeritus Board Member Robert E. Maguire.
Photo 2: Members of the WCEF Board celebrate Winning Home Grant. Pictured are (l to r):
WCEF Board Vice-Chair Eric Skeffington, Superintendent of Schools Matt Crowley, WCEF Board Members Ernie Wells, Bill Johnson, Robert E. Maguire, WCEF Board Chair Brian Teague, Member Nancy Whalen, WCEF Treasurer Maria Zeqo, Board Member Joe Crowley.