2016-17 Teacher Mini Grants

The Milford Education Foundation is pleased to announce the 2016-17 application period for our Teacher Mini-Grant program. We are offering up to $12,000 for innovative projects (up to $1,000 per project) in the Milford Public Schools.  For examples of past projects, scroll to the bottom of the page.


The funds awarded by the Foundation will be targeted at projects that will:

  • Relate directly to student learning and growth
  • Strengthen the curriculum with the development of innovative programs
  • Enhance the educational resources available to students
  • Provide financial assistance for new educational technologies
  • Connect to the foundation’s mission and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math)

As part of the program this year, MEF has three grants that were provided by donors who have designated specific criteria:

  • Dr. Matt Paterna Healthcare Education and Leadership Mini-Grant: This grant will fund a project related to encouraging students to focus on healthy living and developing leadership skills.
  • Nash Family Government, Leadership, and Civic Engagement Mini-Grant.  This grant will fund a project that promotes leadership and encourages civic engagement.
  • Mindfulness Mini‐Grant. The Foundation is now allocating up to $1,000 for the best proposal (or proposals) that focus on applying Mindfulness in the classroom. For school children it can be an immense help in the areas of focus, attentiveness and overall engagement with learning.
    We are seeking your ideas and proposals, but a few suggestions for starters include, Mindfulness to Enhance:
    Critical Math Skills    Reading Comprehension    Problem Solving Teamwork    Social Skills    Growth Mindset
    For more information regarding resources and training for mindfulness, please contact Jennifer Ju, MD, Milford Education Foundation Founding Board member, at

    Applicants must submit copies of the completed application form, together with any supporting materials, to the Foundation by Monday, December 19, 2016.
Milford Education Foundation Mini-Grant Recipients
Fall 2015
Mary Minichiello Calf Pen Meadow Calf Pen Students Communicate!
Karen Scopino-Kristan John F. Kennedy A Bridge to Better Communication Skills in the Preschool Classroom
Michele Haramis Jonathan Law H.S. Empower
Aaron Czarnecki Joseph A. Foran Vinyl Graphic Applications & Training!
Lisa Vaccino West Shore It’s Not Easy Being Green!
Lisa Nori Harborside Making Wearables
Stephanie Shteirman Harborside Operation Better Audio
Mary Lavery Joseph A Foran FlipQuiz
Jeffrey Stanton Jonathan Law Building Your Own Hovercraft
John Connors Joseph A Foran Science Olympiad Team
Lisa Farrell Joseph A Foran Journalism
Spring 2015
Thomas Dillon Foran Engineering STEM Center and Astronautical Engineering
Merrilee Main Law Group Painting Celebrating the Importance of the Visual Arts
Christy Musante/Erin Finnegan Using the Story Grammar Marker to Increase Children’s Reading and Language Skills
Gail Krois Meadowside Synchronized Learning – For Teachers and Students
Stephanie Shteirman Harborside Video Editing Program
Nikki Wocl Mathewson Let’s Put a K in Technology!
Melissa Costantini, Kathy Kingsley, Donna Pinsince Pumpkin Delight Memorial Garden
Susan Craig JFK Kindle Fire for Kids
Fall 2014
Janet Acampora Joseph Foran High School Career Simulation
Eileen Antalik/Audrey Sokol Live Oaks Elementary Investigating Informational Texts
Joanne Barrett The Academy Options for a Healthy Lifestyle
Molly Clifford/Robin Querker/Suzy Garfield Harborside Middle School Career and Community Exploration
Patricia Daniels Jonathan Law High School Unified Art
Rachel Murphy/Kelsey Burns/Gianni Ragianni Jonathan Law High School Kind Campus: The Ben’s Bell Project
Lauren O’Keefe Joseph Foran High School Ladibug Document Camera
Hope Pardee/Jason Cicero Meadowside Elementary Flipping It Right!
Sarah Sawitsky Calf Pen Meadow Elementary Brainercise!
Colette Stephens Jonathan Law High School Independent Healthy Living Project
Fall 2013
Cory Sykas/Corinne MacDonald Meadowside Elementary School Reading, Writing and Talking About Math
Karen Coyne/Eric Conrad Meadowside Elementary School The Common Core through Composting
Janet Acampora Joseph Foran High School Finance Simulation
Kelley O’Brien Calf Pen Elementary School One School, One Book
Nancy Murphy Jonathan Law High School Mural Painting
Patricia Phillips Pumpkin Delight Elementary School One School One Book
Sarah Sawitsky Calf Pen Elementary School Bridging the Gap through Reading
Rosanne Tuozzola/Amy Bugge Mathewson Elementary School Listen and Love It!
Maryanne Locke Orange Avenue Elementary School iPads For Reflective Reading and Learning

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