Release Date:  February 15, 2017

Orleans, MA – Empowering Students to Globally Connect, Vernal Pools: Restoring Wetlands Habitats and Crime Scene Photo Documentation were among the Cape Cod winners at Cape Cod Five’s 17th Annual Educational Mini-Grants Awards & Reception at Cape Cod Community College earlier today.

During the event, 86 total grants were presented by The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank’s Charitable Foundation Trust of which 64 were awarded to teachers at 35 Cape Cod schools.

The ceremony was kicked off by Dorothy A. Savarese, Cape Cod Five’s President and CEO and Chairman of the Bank’s Charitable Foundation, who warmly welcomed award winners. Cape Cod Community College’s Dean of Enrollment Management and Advising Services, Christine McCarey, received guests to the Tilden Arts Center on behalf of the College.

Bert Talerman, Executive Lending Officer and Vice Chairman of the Cape Cod Five Charitable Foundation, offered remarks at the event, providing a history of the Mini Grants program. Since the Educational Mini-Grants program’s inception in 2000, 993 grants totaling nearly $375,000 have been awarded. He also discussed Cape Cod Five’s dedicated Mini Grants microsite, where teachers can view details of winning grant recipients and exchange project ideas. He was impressed by the breadth and depth of the proposed classes telling the award winners, “we congratulate everyone today on your ability to unlock your students’ talents, encourage their passions and unleash their drive.”

The awards distribution was presided over by the Chairman of the Foundation’s Youth and Education Advisory Committee, Elizabeth Grady.

All kindergarten through 12th grade public educators from the communities served by Cape Cod Five were invited, and more than 140 people attended. Select award-winning teachers from both 2016 and 2015 made presentations, sharing key elements of their projects.

Public school teachers from all grade levels on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and Southeastern Massachusetts coastal communities served by the Bank may submit their applications for Mini-Grants in the fall. Teachers use the grants to offer unique educational programs that would otherwise not be available to their students.

As a symbol of appreciation, educators in attendance were gifted with a box of chocolates from the Chatham Candy Manor.


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