Since forming a partnership with The United Way of Greater Plymouth County in 2008, the Arc has awarded six $500 grants to teachers in the towns of Plymouth, Pembroke, Carver, Kingston, Marshfield , Hanover, and Duxbury.

Entitled Spreading Inclusion , the grants are awarded to both regular and special education faculty K-12 and post grad transition programs to fund projects, classroom supplies or professional education that enhance inclusive learning in their classrooms or promote greater inclusion in the school and community.

Here are this years’ winners and the creative ideas they will fund : 

Jennifer Bates, Grade 4  Federal Furnace Elementary School  – Classroom furniture and supplies to create sensory corner for a diverse inclusive 4th grade classroom .

Katelyn Fitzgerald, Grade 8 Civics teacher PSMS – Table top podiums for students who need to work while standing.

Mary Gazzola, Goals Program Silver Lake Regional High School – Inclusive Screen printing supplies for a business in partnership with SLRHS Technology department. To print school tee shirts and set up a storefront to sell in-school.

Maria Husted ,  Pembroke School District Transition Program Grades 12+ –  Laptop projector for visual presentations.

Beth Ann Kean , District Wide Basic Skills Program  Nathaniel Morton Elementary School -training funds for a second handler for Assistance Dog, Beamer.

Mary Ellen McKeen,  Grade 5 Sped teacher PSMS – Zuma Rocker for integrating seating options for students with attention and learning challenges

Donna Tresca , Grade 1 Kingston Elementary  – greenhouse kit to use as part of integrated science curriculum.

   We congratulate all the grant winners and all our 2016 applicants for their commitment to excellence in education and their continuing efforts to foster inclusion in all our public schools.

Teachers are encouraged to visit our website for applications for the 2016-17 school year.