“We’re very excited for this grant,” Regis said. “We’re going to get the kids on the river doing real-life math in the boats.”
AEFI also received a donation from board member Woody Cammett to fund two additional $5,000 grants. Those grants were awarded to the New Hampshire Theatre Project and Shakespeare Workshop and the Amesbury Fit and Fun program, both of which will be run at Amesbury Middle School.
The New Hampshire Theatre Project grant will fund eight days of workshops run by the group’s actors and clinicians, while the Fit and Fun grant will fund a series of programs designed to help students lose weight.
Following the awarding of the three grants, Knapp said AEFI had received more applications than ever before, and that choosing among them was incredibly difficult. As a result, the foundation decided to reach into its endowment to fund two additional grant proposals — one for $10,000 and the other for $5,000.
The second $10,000 grant was awarded to “Project Esteem,” which will promote science, technology, engineering and math in the classroom.
The third $5,000 award went to “Lights, Camera, What did you say?” and will go toward replacing the inadequate sound system in the Cashman School cafeteria.
More than 100 people, including Mayor Thatcher Kezer, several city councilors and numerous school officials, turned out for the evening celebrating AEFI’s fundraising efforts. During the presentations, Knapp announced that the foundation had given back more than $60,000 to the schools over the course of the year, which included the grants awarded Monday night.