Welcome to the Amherst Education Foundation.
Serving the Amherst-area public schools since 1994The Amherst Education Foundation, Inc. is an independent, non-profit education fund committed to stimulating excellence, promoting equity, enhancing diversity and mobilizing broad community support for the public schools of Amherst, Leverett, Pelham, and Shutesbury. Our supporters include businesses, parents and other concerned citizens who share the belief that strong public schools are essential to a thriving town.
AEF is proud to announce our 2013 Excellence Grants, which were presented at our fantastic grants event at the Nacul Center on April 3rd. Congratulations to all the recipients for their terrific proposals! Our schools, our kids and our community will be better for your efforts!
Stars in Our Schools! Recognize teachers, staff, and graduating seniors with a gift in their honor! Let teachers and staff members know how much you appreciate their hard work, expertise, care and dedication this year. Let graduating seniors know they have shined in school. You can strengthen our schools with a tax-deductible gift to Amherst Education Foundation (AEF) in a teacher’s, staff’s or graduating senior’s name. AEF will deliver a personalized recognition card to your honoree/s. Send your gift or make your gift online by: June 15th for teachers/staff--to guarantee delivery to honorees at school before their last day June 3rd for graduating seniors--to guarantee delivery to honorees at graduation rehearsal See form (PDF) at bottom of this page for mail-in gift. Thank you!
3rd Annual SPRING SPRINT 2013 What a great day! Thanks to all the participants and fans for showing up to the AEF 3nd annual Spring Sprint! We had a wonderful crowd that included lots of kids, families, teachers and friends. Congratulations to all the Winners! Thank you especially to our volunteers who organized the day and our business sponsors who made it possible. Together we are making a difference for our schools! Over-All Winners of the 5k race were: 1st Place Women's: Natalie Shea 21:26 1st Place Men's: Frank May 16:48 1 Mile Fun Run: 1st Place Girl's: Libby Knapp 1st Place Boy's: Aidan Shea 5K Run: 1st Place Youth Girl's: Meghan Sharick (15) 24:47 1st Place Youth Boy's: Sohan Tyner (13) 21:07 1st Place Open Women: Melanie Sharick 24:39 1st Place Open Men: David Kerschner 19:25 1st Place Master's Women: Sarah Turgeon 25:57 1st Place Master's Men: Solomon Kariuki 17:40 1st Place Senior's Women: Brenda Miller 29:52 1st Place Senior's Men: Brian Pickell 21:52 5K Walk: 1st Place Women: Erin Baker 1st Place Men: Mat Lebowitz Click here for full results.
AEF's Winter Newsletter is now available. Check it out for news about our funding initiatives, outreach activities and excellence in our schools.
Past issues: Fall 2012 Spring 2012 Winter 2011 Fall 2011
Past issues: Fall 2012 Spring 2012 Winter 2011 Fall 2011
AEF + Valley GivesValley Gives Day was a roaring success for the Pioneer Valley and for AEF. Thank you for your support! Thanks to the incredible outpouring of generosity on 12.12.12 AEF raised over $14,000 and also received $6000 in bonuses from the Valley Gives organizers for having the third highest number of unique donors among our small nonprofit peers. WOW! These funds will contribute to our general fund and will help us to make our Excellence Grants this spring. Last year we were able to give $44,000 to support projects and programs throughout the Amherst, Pelham, Leverett and Shutesbury Schools. If you haven’t given yet this fall and would like to contribute to support our schools please click here. Thanks!
Photos from the 2012 Trivia Bee
2012 Trivia Bee2012 Trivia Bee Champion The Harp Irish Pub with team players Joe Sullivan, Molly Murrnane, Sue Overstreet, John Coelho Watch the Trivia Bee at Amherst Media Thanks to our Presenting Sponsor: AMHERST COLLEGE Center for Community Engagement (CCE) Thanks to our Audience Trivia game sponsor: Daily Hampshire Gazette Congratulations to all 34 teams at the 18th AEF Trivia Bee A.J. Hastings, Inc. Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce Amherst BID Amherst Club Amherst College Center for Community Engagement Amherst Dental Amherst Office Park Atkinson Family Practice Bob Meyers, AAMS, Financial Advisor, Edward Jones Citizens Bank Daily Hampshire Gazette DeMaio Orthodontics ENCHARTER INSURANCE Florence Savings Bank Greenfield Savings Bank Integrity Development & Construction, Inc. Jones Group Realty Jones Properties Kuhn Riddle Architects Minuteman Pest Control Modern Myths Northampton Cooperative Bank Office of the Northwestern District Attorney PeoplesBank Peter Vickery, Attorney & Counselor at Law Rigali and Walder Orthodontics Robert L. Stern Financial Services Rotary Club of Amherst Seewald, Jankowski & Spencer, P.C. TDS Center for Communication and Social Learning The Harp Irish Pub The Pub UMass University Relations Verite With further support from: Amherst Brewing Company Big Y Foods Inc. Fine Arts Center Henion Bakery Lumberyard Restaurant UMass Athletic Department
Photos from the 2011 Trivia Bee
Announcing AEF's 2013 Excellence Grants ProgramOctober 15, 2012 We are pleased to announce the release of the Request for Proposals for AEF's 2013 Excellence Grants Program. Teams of teachers, individual schools, administrators and organizations affiliated with the Amherst Regional Public Schools are welcome to submit applications for activities which support AEF's funding criteria, and align with the District and/or School Improvement Plans. Up to 4 grants of $10,000 - $25,000 each will be awarded spring, 2013. All public schools in Amherst, Leverett, Shutesbury and Pelham are eligible to apply. Applications are due January 15, 2013 by email to email@example.com>> More information and application form. Information sessions will be held on Wed., November 14, and Mon., December 10, 2012 (both at 3:45 PM at ARMS in the Superintendent’s Conference Room). Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
AEF's Annual Report is now available. The mission of the Amherst Education Foundation (AEF) is to support Amherst area public schools in providing a challenging and enriching educational experience that maximizes the learning potential of every student and prepares them to succeed in the 21st century.
Help Support the Amherst Education Foundation!The mission of the Amherst Educational Foundation (AEF) is to support Amherst area public schools in providing a challenging and enriching educational experience that maximizes the learning potential of every student and prepares them to succeed in the 21st century. Donate today!
Amherst Education Foundation 2012 Excellence GrantsApril 2012
AEF awards $44,000 to four programs that enhance teacher practice and the learning experience for students in Amherst, Pelham, Leverett and Shutesbury schools. Click here to read about the grants.
Voices From Our Schools Hey, want to know a little more about the good work that your donations do when you give to AEF? Check out this recent episode of Voices From Our Schools featuring AEF talking with Kim Stender about our Excellence Grants and community connections! watch the video