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Foundation 51 Winter Newsletter

posted Dec 5, 2016, 10:06 AM by Tammy Tarling
Foundation 51 Winter Newsletter
December, 2016

Foundation 51 kicked off its second annual Fall Fling celebration and fundraiser on Friday, October 14 with delightful music by Darlin’ Corey and local band Captain Bangaroo, an extensive silent auction, and a sold out attendance. Community members, parents, teachers and administration, all came together to support the common goal of promoting academic excellence in MSAD 51. Peter and Christine Hein generously offered their barn and backyard for the event for a second year. The night was chilly and party-goers were bundled up enjoying the music, warm barn, many fire pits, and wood-fired cuisine by Fire & Co.  Attendees commented that they were thrilled to gather locally to support the Foundation and the various creative and original programs we fund through grants each year. They enjoyed bidding on the silent auction in an attempt to win one of the 100 eclectic auction items. The silent auction raised just over $14,000. These funds will directly support grants in the upcoming grant cycles. The second annual Fall Fling was nothing short of a sold out success! Our goal is to grow every year so we can give more every year.


We have awarded $9,259 in grant funds this Fall Grant Cycle. These grants reach across many grades and touch students and teachers in almost every school.

·         Second Language Acquisition Through Comprehension and Compelling Texts

·         Storytelling Across the Primary Curriculum

·         Making Our Community Safe and Stronger by Supporting Healthy Development of Boys

·         Self-Regulation Through Deep Pressure Input

·         Homeroom: The Musical

·         STEAM Artist in Residence

·         Movement for Momentum in Learning

The Greely High School Robotics Club gives students a chance to apply lessons they’ve learned from a broad array of classes (e.g., general science, computer science, physics) in a practical situation.

Andrew Baca, a former science teacher and current member of the science staff at Greely High School has prior exposure to robotics competitions and applied for a grant in the 2016 spring grant cycle. 

Foundation 51 was proud to award a grant substantial enough to fund the Robotics Club this fall.The Club already has 14 students participating - enough to sponsor three teams working on one robot each. Club members meet twice a week at the high school.

The Robotics Club’s main activity is to design and build robots to bring to local competitions. Baca makes sure that the students have the materials, direction, and support to build and compete.

In addition to fostering interest in physics, computer science, and programming, the Club promotes teamwork and communication skills. Each individual contributes some range of leadership, project management, mechanical awareness, technological savvy, and, of course, problem solving skills to his or her team. The Club provides an opportunity to bring students together to explore and to practice these vital skills regularly.

Baca anticipates that participation will continue to grow over the next few years. As the Club grows, he hopes to extend not only the number of teams composed of high school students but also to expand the Club to include middle school students as well.

Foundation 51 is pleased to have been able to help enrich the intellectual and personal growth of a number of students at Greely High School outside the classroom with this fun and innovative project. We thank Andrew for his leadership and commitment.


March 6, 2017  -  Spring Grant Application Deadline

March, 2017 TBD  -  Community Adult Spelling Bee

October, 2017  -  Fall Grant Application Deadline