The Needham Education Foundation has awarded 16 grants totaling $66,813 in the Fall small grants cycle. These include three multi-school grants – two for programs that will reach all elementary schools and one for the middle and high schools.

Needham students will learn from musical groups, historical reenactments, interactive anti-bullying assemblies, and even opera singers! These grants were announced at the Needham School Committee meeting on November 18.

Fall grants include funding for:

  • Cultural proficiency training for athletic coaches and student athletes at Needham High School (NHS), Pollard Middle School and High Rock School;
  • A musical presentation designed to bring energy, excitement and context to students beginning to learn Spanish;
  • Interactive assemblies that offer students the opportunity to explore their own solutions to real-life situations dealing with bullying, prejudice, and peer pressure;
  • Two “express” grants that repeat programs that have been successful at other schools: one that introduces drumming circles into classroom activities at Broadmeadow School, and another that increases cultural proficiency at Eliot School;
  • A school newspaper at Pollard;
  • Hokki stools, which will allow Eliot students to move while participating in class lessons; and
  • The purchase of a pug mill to give NHS a fully- functioning, high-production ceramic studio.