Local public school teachers were celebrated for their hard work and dedication at Cape Cod 5’s 19th Annual Educational Mini-Grants Awards Reception on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. At the event, 89 awards totaling $39,956 were presented to teachers from 44 schools in the region to fund educational projects they have developed. It is estimated that these projects will impact over 15,000 local students.
Among the list of winning projects recognized include: 3D Printing Robotics Parts, Promoting Culturally Responsive Literature and Habitat for Humanity Bookcase. Others covered a range of topics and subjects including Sustainability, Social/Emotional Learning and Virtual Reality, as well as traditional subject matter such as Science, Arts and Mathematics.
Approximately 100 local educators came together at the awards reception, which took place at Cape Cod Community College. In a brief ceremony, Cape Cod 5 President and CEO, Dorothy A. Savarese, expressed her admiration for the creativity and innovation of the award winners. “Each of these projects represent our local teachers’ shared commitment to empowering students to become independent thinkers and passionate future leaders,” Savarese said.
Other speakers during the ceremony included President of Cape Cod Community College, Dr. John Cox, First Executive President of Cape Cod 5, Bert Talerman, and Chief Marketing Officer and Chair of the Cape Cod 5 Foundation Youth and Education Advisory Committee, Stephanie Dennehy.
Following the ceremony, a reception was held during which five additional grants were awarded via a random drawing. These awards were granted to: Lucinda Bourke-McKay, Quashnet Elementary School; Beth Connors, Harwich Elementary School; Jessica Dinsmoor, John W. Decas Elementary School; Keith Gauley, Eddy School and Betty Hyde-McGuire, Sandwich High School.
Since the inception of the Educational Mini-Grants Program in 2000, Cape Cod 5 has awarded 1,100 Mini-Grants totaling $454,145. Public educators from all grade levels in the communities served by the Bank are eligible for the award and submit their applications in the fall. Teachers use the grants to initiate original educational programs that would not otherwise be available to their students.