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The Groton-Dunstable Education Foundation’s spring grant cycle closes

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GROTON — The spring 2006 Groton-Dunstable Education Foundation grant cycle closed on Saturday, April 1, yielding 39 grant applications totaling more than $106,000 in funding requests.

The foundation’s Grants Disbursement Committee and board of directors will face challenges in choosing which of the 39 grants submitted will be funded.

Grants Director Karen Riggert is pleased with the breadth of the proposals submitted, stating that they “come from all of the district’s schools as well as community organization’s and from an extensive range of curriculum areas — science, art, music, health, language arts, social studies, performing arts and math — for both regular education and special education students. We continue to see new programs piloted as well as the replication of successful grants which have been shared throughout the district.”

The Grants Disbursement Committee will evaluate all applications and recommend individual proposals for funding to the full board of directors, who will make the final decision about which grants to fund. The committee includes Groton and Dunstable residents with diverse backgrounds and varied areas of interest and expertise as well as a Groton-Dunstable Regional School District administration representative. Applicants will be notified the week of May 8, on the status of their grant application and an announcement will be made to the public at the School Committee meeting on May 17. For a complete listing of grants already funded visit www.gdefinc.org.

Prior to this cycle, the foundation has funded just over $107,000 in grants. The increasing number of grant requests underscores the need for money to fund creative educational endeavors in an era in which even basic funding for public schools is threatened. The current cycle, in particular, illustrates the need for funding for equipment and curriculum support in all areas even as district students continue to perform well above the state average. Community support of the foundation has been strong and is committed to finding new ways to raise capital to further its goal of enriching public school education in Groton and Dunstable.

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