Bedford Education Foundation announces $10.5k in grants for town schools

The Bedford Education Foundation has announced the awarding of seven grants totaling $10,580 for 2012. These grants will reach all levels of education in Bedford, from elementary to high school.

Kate Schoedinger, reading specialist at Lurgio Middle School, received a grant to bring author Katy Grant to the school last month. Grant led a three-day writer’s workshop for all pods and teachers and presented at an all-school meeting.

Zanna Blaney and Kristie Torbick, counselors at Bedford High School, received funds to hold a BASE Camp this summer for incoming freshmen, intended to help make the transition to high school easier.

Other recipients include Linda Pomeroy and Maureen Lipari, reading specialists at BHS, for a Reading Plus program; Abigail Bergen, special education at McKelvie Intermediate School, who will attend the LDA International Conference; Elinor Schwartz, librarian at Memorial Elementary School, who will attend the Institute on the Teaching of Reading; and Deborah Sinamark, second-grade teacher at Memorial Elementary School, who will attend the Diagnosis and Remediation of Learning in Math workshop.

Blaney and Torbick also will implement an anti-bullying program called Challenge Day at the high school.

The Bedford Education Foundation is composed of a 13-member board of directors. The nonprofit organization, established in 2006, raises funds to provide grants to Bedford educators for the benefit of the students.