This past spring, the Milford Education Foundation (MEF) awarded 11 teachers across the Milford Public School District $6,691 for creative projects that will be implemented during 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. To date, the Foundation has distributed over $17,000 in teacher mini-grants.

“Our board is proud to be helping teachers bring innovative ideas into the classroom,” said Foundation President Augie Harrigan. “These projects have had a meaningful impact on hundreds of students and also help teachers to inspire one another.”

In support of its mini-grant program, The Milford Education Foundation will be presenting An Evening Under the Stars on Saturday, Nov. 7, at 5 p.m. The fundraiser will take place at Joseph Foran High School and will include dinner, music and student-assisted planetarium shows for the whole family.

James Maroney, the event’s chair and an alumnus of the Milford Public Schools, said, “It is exciting to be able to hold an event that showcases one of Milford’s gems, the planetarium at Foran.”

Money raised from this event will benefit MEF initiatives, including the Teacher Mini-Grant Program, with a portion of proceeds going to the planetarium and the Joseph Foran Band.

Tickets are available online at www.milfordedfoundation.org/tickets or by contacting the Foundation at info@milfordedfoundation.org.

Spring 2015 Mini-Grant recipients and projects are as follows:

Melissa Costantini, Kathy Kingsley and Donna Pinsince (Pumpkin Delight Elementary) Memorial Garden

Susan Craig (JFK Elementary) Kindle Fire for Kids

Thomas Dillon (Joseph Foran High School) Engineering STEM Center Astronautical Engineering

Gail Krois (Meadowside Elementary) Synchronized Learning – For Teachers and Students

Merrilee Main (Jonathan Law High School) Group Painting Celebrating the Importance of the Visual Arts

Christy Musante and Erin Finnegan (Mathewson Elementary School) Using the Story Grammar Marker to Increase Children's Reading and Language Skills

Stephanie Shteirman (Harborside Middle School) Video Editing Program

Nikki Wocl (Mathewson Elementary School) Let’s Put a K in Technology!