Welcome to the Amherst Education Foundation.

Serving the Amherst-area public schools since 1994

The 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.
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Spring Sprint
Spring Sprint 2014, May 3rd, 10 am at Wildwood School Registration is open!
To register online go to: www.runreg.com
To register by mail download Registration Form at the bottom of this page.

January 6, 2014

Announcing AEF’s 2014 Excellence Grants Program

Spring SprintThe Amherst Education Foundation is pleased to announce the release of the Request for Proposals for AEF’s 2014 Excellence Grants Program. Teams of teachers, schools, administrators and organizations affiliated with the Amherst Regional Public Schools are welcome to submit applications for activities that support AEF’s funding criteria, and align with District and School Improvement Plans.

AEF will fund 2 – 4 grants between $5,000 - $25,000 each, for the project period July 2014 - June 2015. Proposals are due by 5:00PM February 3, 2014.

Potential applicants are invited to attend one of two information sessions about the grant program on Tuesday, January 14th and Wednesday, January 22nd (both sessions will be at 3:45pm in the Superintendent's Conference Room in the Middle School).

>> Click here for more information and application materials.


Spring Sprint
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!

Spring Sprint3rd 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.

SpotlightAEF'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










Valley Gives

AEF + Valley Gives

Valley 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 Bee

2012 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 Program

October 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 grants@amhersteducationfoundation.org

>> 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 grants@amhersteducationfoundation.org.

Annual ReportAEF'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 Grants

April 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.

StarVoices 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!
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