The Milford Education Foundation awarded 11 teachers across the Milford Public School District $6,700 for creative projects that will be implemented over the course of the 2015-16 academic year. MEF’s Teacher Mini-Grant Program, now in its third year, is dedicated to supporting teacher projects that further enrich and enhance existing curricula.

Since it was formed in 2013, the foundation has distributed over $24,000 in teacher mini-grants covering 39 innovative projects and initiatives for students of all ages.

“Milford’s teachers are embracing innovation in new and exciting ways,” said Augie Harrigan, foundation president. “We’re helping initiatives that enhance traditional curriculum with new media, fresh ideas that promote career and life readiness, and projects where students have an opportunity to positively influence their peers.”

The Milford Education Foundation will invite teachers to apply for its next round of grants this spring. The organization supports its Teacher Mini-Grant Program through a combination of fundraising initiatives and donors. Last fall, the Foundation raised just over $6,000 with An Evening Under the Stars, a family-friendly dinner and music event that showcased the Foran High School planetarium and jazz program. This spring, the foundation will bring back its popular Chair-ity Auction, promoting artistic collaboration through student crafted and decorated Adirondack chairs.

Fall 2015 Teacher Mini-Grant Recipients:

John Connors (Joseph A. Foran High School), Science Olympiad Team

Aaron Czarnecki (Joseph A. Foran High School), Vinyl Graphic Applications & Training

Lisa Farrell (Joseph A. Foran High School), Journalism Photography

Michele Haramis (Jonathan Law High School), Empower

Mary Lavery (Joseph A. Foran High School), FlipQuiz

MaryEllen Minichiello (Calf Pen Meadow Elementary), Calf Pen Students Communicate!

Lisa Nori (Harborside Middle School), Making Wearables

Karen Scopino-Kristan (John F. Kennedy Elementary), A Bridge to Better Communication Skills in the Preschool Classroom

Stephanie Shteirman (Harborside Middle School), Operation Better Audio

Jeffrey Stanton (Jonathan Law High School), Building Your Own Hovercraft

Lisa Vaccino (West Shore Middle School), It’s Not Easy Being Green!