MEF in the News
More than $1,000 raised
The Mansfield Education Foundation (MEF) Teacher Recognition Program raised more than $1,000 since the announcement of an annual partnership with the Comcast Center this past January.
The Comcast Center donated matching funds up to $500 in total for all Teacher Recognition donations made to MEF. This money is used to help provide financial assistance to Mansfield teachers.
MEF's "Teacher Recognition Program" offers parents and the community a unique way to honor and thank educators for their service and dedication. By participating in this program, parents have the
opportunity to offer a gift that will not compromise the policy on ethics and gift-giving in Mansfield schools.
"There are so many teachers and staff in the Mansfield schools that go above and beyond for their students, and they should be recognized," said MEF President Marybeth Cragan.
Bruce Montgomery, general manager of the Comcast Center, said the entertainment venue is proud to partner with MEF to help Mansfield schools.
"Comcast believes in being a community partner when it comes to helping local students and teachers," said Montgomery. "In our 26 years, we have always enjoyed working with the schools, whether as a
concert venue for Mansfield student musicians or for graduations. We hope our investment helps make a difference and perhaps encourages other businesses to do the same."
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To Recognize a Teacher, Coach or Principal please click here or the Teacher Recognition Program button on the left.
Mansfield Education Foundation's 3rd Annual Trivia Night a Huge Success
Written by Carolyn Kipp
Mansfield Patch, April 3, 2012
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Mansfield Education Foundation (MEF) hosted its Third Annual Trivia Night on Friday, March 30, 2012 at the Holiday Inn in Mansfield. It was a hugely successful event where twelve teams of ten
answered questions hosted by Kelley McCormick of Team Trivia.
It was an exciting night from the very beginning. The first period was tied with teams ‘Wait, What?’, ‘Big Bucks, No Whammies’, ‘Right Stuff’ and ‘Movie Stars & Paparazzi’. ‘Obama-Nators’,
‘Movie Stars & Paparazzi’, and ‘Right Stuff’ led the second period, and rounding it out in the third was ‘Movie Stars & Paparazzi’, ‘Obama-Nators’, ‘Big Bucks No Whammies’, and ‘Wait, What?’.
‘Movie Stars & Paparazzi’ were the night’s big winners!
Many topics were covered in the questions asked. One of them was, “What is the number of states with Ivy League schools”. Visit the MEF website for the answer.
Teams also competed for Best Table Theme. ‘20/20 Mansfield Pride’ covered each seat with team jerseys, ‘Smartini’s’ decorated their table with big martini glasses
filled with Smart Food and Smartie candies, and ‘Celebrate Diversity’ was colorful with red, white and blue American flag theme. The Best Table Theme prize went to ‘Movie Stars & Paparazzi’ who
not only decorated their table in golden Emmy colors, but dressed up as various celebrities. Lady Gaga accepted the award.
MEF Grant Helps Bring Green Schools Summit to MHS
Written by Heather Harris
Posted on Wicked Local Mansfield, February 23, 2012
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Mansfield — Last September the Mansfield Education Foundation (MEF) awarded $10,000 in grant money to seven recipients within the Mansfield schools.
MEF Awards $10k Grant for Schools
Written by Heather Harris
Posted on Wicked Local Mansfield September 21, 2011
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After analyzing 27 worthy applicants, the Mansfield Education Foundation (MEF) awarded $10,000 in grant money to seven recipients within the Mansfield
The foundation, which formed just last year, is a nonprofit dedicated to providing comprehensive, well-rounded education for the children of Mansfield.
“We do this by awarding grants,” said Linda Fernando, a board member on the MEF. “We raise money through private funding, corporate and private donations, and
events such as trivia night and the Secret Shop.”
Fernando was thrilled to be distributing the foundation’s grant money at Tuesday night’s school committee meeting.
“We are really excited, these are our first ever grant recipients,” Fernando said.
Fernando and MEF president, Marybeth Cragan were on hand to distribute the inaugural checks to Bill Deasy, Lisa DiSangro, Robin Organ, Kathy Podesky, Jacqueline
Prester and Eleanor Vaughn.
Deasy at Mansfield High School will use the money to improve geography education. DiSangro at Robinson Elementary School will use the funds for her “Click it to
Win It” program. Organ is putting her grant toward the Green School Summit, which she runs out of both the Qualters Middle and Mansfield High schools. Podesky at Jordan/Jackson Elementary School is
using her money to enhance STEM curriculum. Prester was awarded a grant for her “Be an Entreprenuer” program at MHS. Vaughn was selected for her “Hand Chimes for All” program at Jordan/Jackson.
“This was such a great experience, I look forward to doing it again next year,” Fernando said.
Superintendent of Schools Brenda Hodges thanked Fernando for the foundation’s efforts.
“This is tremendous. I know our teachers and staff were excited about applying,” Hodges said. “We look forward to working more closely with you to provide
support and partnership.”
Mansfield Education Foundation Granted 501(c)(3) Tax-Exempt Status
Mansfield, MA, December 2010- The Mansfield Education Foundation (MEF) announced today the designation of 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status by the United States Internal Revenue Servive (IRS). The
IRS has classified the Mansfield Education Foundation as a public charity allowing all contributions, both corporate and personal, to the foundation as tax exempt.
Mansfield Education Foundation was founded on the principle that innovation and excellence in education will enhance the learning experience of the children within the Mansfield school system.
The goal is to award financial grants to educators who apply through a formal process, and to partner with Mansfield educators ensuring the sharing of expertise, knowledge and creativity.
Local businesses and community members have united to provide financial support and collaborate in these efforts.
Marybeth Cragan, MEF President said, "It is so wonderful to see our Board of Directors, the community, and our local educators working together to support all of the children of Mansfiled.
In the current economic climate, we are creating the opportunity for Mansfield's teachers to encourage and enhance our children's learning experience by providing financial resources."