BERLIN – The Worcester County Education Foundation (WCEF) recently held a reception at the Atlantic Hotel in Berlin, to recognize the 2016-17 Teacher Champions. A select group of teachers (1-2 from each of the 14 schools in Worcester County) have been asked to act as liaisons between the WCEF and the students and staff of their schools.
Worcester County Schools newly hired Superintendent, Lou Taylor, thanked the teachers for their participation and explained that the WCEF mission is to establish a proactive partnership, linking the resources of the community with the educational needs of students and teachers. Taylor went on to explain that the initial goals of the foundation include raising funds to help accelerate the purchase and distribution of digital devices for students and teachers so that every child has equal access and an equal opportunity to succeed. In addition, the WCEF has established an annual teacher grant program that provides funding for innovative classroom programs and teaching techniques that a teacher would otherwise, have to pay for, out of pocket. And a final goal is to raise a $1 million endowment, establishing a perpetual funding source to offset future needs in Worcester County schools. Taylor added, “Our first focus is to provide every child, from K-12 with the appropriate digital tools, which will instill confidence and provide the experience necessary to assure that every child has the same chance to succeed in today’s digital world. But this is only our first focus. The needs of our students and teachers will change with time and with your help, we can identify those changing needs and respond quickly.”
Todd Ferrante, WCEF Chair, noted that “our community is fortunate to have such dedicated teachers and staff in every school in our county and that the business leaders and parents who established the WCEF look forward to working with you, to provide every student equal access to a World Class education”.