Our 2018-2019 Educator Grant Program is Now Open!

WCEF 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 22, 2019.  Grant awards will be announced in early March 2019.  Please visit our Educator Grants Page for the complete Grant Application and Guidelines.

For the full list of projects funded by WCEF since our founding in 2015, visit our Educator Grant Awards page.

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 Announces 2017 Educator Grant Awards!

WCEF is pleased to announce the list of projects awarded funding as part of the 2017 Educator Grants Awards Program.  These projects were selected through a competitive review process, and reflect outstanding efforts by Woburn Public School teachers to develop innovative and interactive programs designed to engage their students in meaningful learning to support their academic success.

Congratulations to the 2017 Educator Grant Award Recipients

2016-2017 Grants Program is Now Open!

Our 2016-2017 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.

“We have been so impressed with the creative, high-impact projects submitted for grant awards during the last two years”, comments Executive Director Maureen Willis.  “The Educators in our public schools have exceeded our expectations, and we look forward with excitement to this year’s grant program.”

The deadline for grant applications is Monday, January 23, 2017.  Grant awards will be announced in early March 2017.

Grant guidelines and applications can be found here: APPLY HERE

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. 

Presenting our 2016 Educator Grant Awards!

The Woburn Community Educational Foundation is pleased to announce our 2016 grant awards to support educator-inspired projects and programs in the Woburn Public Schools.  The continued success of our fundraising activities and the generous investment of local organizations has resulted in a 60% increase in funds available to Woburn Educators this year.  We are grateful for the interest and support of the Greater Woburn Community in our efforts to bring new resources to our Public Schools.   

Our 2015-2016 Educator Grants Program received proposals that totaled more than $46,000 to support projects designed to provide enhanced learning experiences and individualized educational support for students at every school in the district.   We want to thank these educators for the time and effort they put into these proposals and for sharing their creative ideas to support student achievement. 

A Grants Committee, made up made up of members of the WCEF Board, was given the difficult task to review these proposals, and based on the constraints of our budget, recommend for funding projects which most closely met our goals to support innovative instruction, enriched curricula, and the creative use of learning tools and approaches in the classroom.  Through this process, we are proud to announce grant awards totaling almost $16,500 to fund 18 projects that we feel have tremendous potential to engage, excite and advance academic success in Woburn students.  In just two years, WCEF Educator Grants have invested almost $27,000 in the Woburn Public Schools. 

Congratulations to the 2016 WCEF Educator Grant
Award Recipients


Woburn Memorial High School:

Rosemary Donovan, Guidance:  $800.00 for EmWave Mindfulness System

Abby Gillis, English:  $1,000.00 for Travis Roy Motivational Speaker

Miller & M. Walsh, History:  $946.00 for Google Viewer Virtual Field Trips

Susan Thifault, Fine Arts:  $1,000.00, GoPro Video Production Program   

Joyce Middle School:

Joanne Young, Grade 8:  $850.00 for Connecting All Students with Technology

Altavesta Elementary School:

Judi O’Neil, Resource Room:  $1,000.00 for Customized Learning with IPads

Goodyear Elementary School:

Bethany Newman, Music Education:  $595.00 for Moving on the Musical Staff

Kathleen Sawyer, School Adjustment:  $1,000.00 for Wonder Books Anti-Bullying Program

Kerri Vasquezi, Life Science/English:  $500.00 for Life Cycle of Raptors Enrichment Program

Hurld Elementary School:

Marlene Faulkingham, Math:  $996.00 for IXL Technology Based Math Program

Linscott – Rumford Elementary School:

Susan Plamondon, 2nd Grade:  $890.00 for Lego Build to Express Program

Cheryl Dabrieo, 3rd Grade:  $890.00 for Lego Build to Express Program

Linda Riley, STEM:  $1,000.00 for AIM Project for Advanced Learners

Reeves Elementary School:

Marie LaCour, Art:  $1,000.00 for Historical Woburn Art Installation

Erin Murphy Dean, Resource Room:  $929.00 for Learning Literacy Technology Center

Bethany Newman, Music Education:  $982.00 for Making Ukulele Music

Shamrock Elementary School:

Pamela Barry, Resource Room:  $501.00 for Social Thinking Curriculums

Alicia McAnulty, Speech & Language:  $800.00 for Visualizing & Verbalizing Program

Thomas O’Halloran, Social Studies:  $800.00 for Virtual Multi-Cultural Classroom   




Our 2016 Educator Grants Program is Now Closed!

This round of Educator Grants were due by January 22, 2016.  Woburn Educators, thank you for your great work and for sharing your ideas for innovation instruction in the classroom.  We received more than 40 proposals this year, almost FOUR TIMES more than last year!

Grant awards will be announced on March 1, 2016!

An Inside Look at Our Educator Grants Program!

For anyone who wanted to take a peak at our Educator Grants Process, this post is for you!

During our first-ever round of Educator Grants in 2015, we received some truly awesome proposals from Woburn Educators. WCEF was proud to provide funding for these innovative projects; a complete list of grants awarded can be found here.

This year, we have received several requests to view an example of a WCEF Educator Grant Proposal and Report.

With permission, we are posting the grant proposal submitted by Linda Riley, an ELL Educator at the Linscott-Rumford Elementary School, as well as her Final Report on the results of her funded project:  Kindles for the Classroom.

Grant Proposal:  Riley Linscott Kindles for the Classroom 2014-15 Grants

Final Report:  Riley Linscott 2015 Kindles Final Report

We hope this inspires Educators in the Woburn Public Schools to participate in WCEF’s Educator Grant Program.  The deadline for our 2016 Grants is January 22, 2016.

Thank you for your interest and support!


WCEF Funds Wicked Cool Programs at the Shamrock School

Second Grade Science students in Nancy Osgood’s class will enjoy the Wicked Cool for Kids Program, made possible with $1,000.00 in funding from WCEF.

Grade One students will have a Complete Leveled Reading Library Collection in Laura Rebelo’s classroom.  Her grant proposal was funded for $1,000.00.