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MERIT Distributes Grant Funding
Millis Public Schools receive over $12,000 for the 2017-2018 Grant Season

Millis, MA, January 24, 2018– Millis Education Resources Initiative Team, MERIT, is pleased to announce that it has awarded over $12,000 to all the Millis Public Schools for the 2017-2018 school year. Each school year, MERIT welcomes applications from teachers, faculty, administrators, and residents for proposals that address curriculum-related learning projects that promote creative and challenging learning programs. In particular, MERIT considers grant requests that receive no other sources of education funding. Using the grant reward criteria set forth by MERIT, school administrators then review and prioritize grant applications. Finally, the MERIT Board of Directors meets and reviews each grant along with administrator feedback. The final grant selection for the 2017-2018 Grant Season occurred at the December MERIT Board Meeting.

“The commitment, desire and enthusiasm of our teachers and administration in bringing curriculum enhancing programs and state of the art equipment to the Millis Schools is greatly appreciated. The MERIT Board of Directors is happy to support enrichment programs that help Millis students get more from their public education and continue our students on a path of 21st Century learning,” says Stephanie D’Aprile MERIT President.

This year, MERIT was able to fund a variety of grants for Clyde F. Brown Elementary, Millis Middle School, and Millis High School. Examples include, but are not limited to: the funding for introductory robotics training tools, called Osmo and Blue Bots, at Clyde F. Brown; App-enabled robots that assist in teaching computer coding, called Sphero, at Millis Middle School; and lenses and stabilizers for the TV /Film class at Millis Middle and High Schools.

“MERIT grants provide a much-needed supplement to our budget so that teachers can pursue innovative projects that they are excited to try but that might need special equipment or materials,” says Nancy Gustafson, Millis Superintendent. “The projects MERIT funds have encouraged active, student-centered, project-based learning and have strengthened our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) programming. They have helped provide funds to integrate Engineering Design & Computer Science throughout the curriculum, which we believe all of our students will need in their futures. We are grateful for the funds that our teachers receive as a result of the hard work of MERIT volunteers! Our students and teachers benefit greatly!”

MERIT is a non-profit local education fund established in 1991 with the primary purpose of fostering excellence in Millis Public Schools. The mission of MERIT is to encourage innovative approaches to teaching approved curricula and to provide financial support to help implement the most promising approaches. MERIT is run by a board of volunteers from the Millis community and operates with the assistance of corporate and personal donations. If you would like to donate to MERIT or find out how you can become involved, please visit the MERIT website at MERITMillis.org.

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