May 1, 2019, Concord, MA — The Concord Education Fund, (CEF), an independent organization committed to empowering teachers and administrators at Concord Public Schools (CPS) and Concord-Carlisle High School (CCHS) kicked off its 25th anniversary with a celebration of CEF emeriti.
On Thursday April 25th, past and present board members gathered at the Concord Market to swap nostalgic stories about ‘the Ed Fund.’ Since its founding in 1994, more than 100 Concord-Carlisle parents have served on the Ed Fund’s Board of Directors, to date raising more than 2 million dollars to fund more than 200 grants that have enriched student education in every area and at every grade.
Welcoming everyone to the first-ever event, Co-President Rich Perkins took a few moments to highlight some of the more well-known programs and initiatives that got their start with CEF funding:
- Activboard technology that is now a standard in grade school classrooms, early morning language classes, and the new Innovation Lab where elementary students solve design challenges in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM).
- Sewing machines, digital microscopes, songwriting workstations, chess sets, abolitionist trunks, and a range of standing and mobile seating options to help active middle schoolers remain focused and engaged.
- The CCHS Engineering Certificate, Rivers & Revolution course, STEM Weather Balloons, and last year’s launch of Q5, a ‘fifth quarter’ following final exams for students to participate in a range of non-traditional electives.
Dr. Laurie Hunter, CPS/CCHS Superintendent capped off the night by expressing her gratitude to all who have served, noting, “The Concord Education Fund is such a valuable resource to our schools. Whether funding one teacher’s great idea or making possible a district-wide initiative, CEF funding helps to empower our teachers for the benefit of our students.”