NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

October 24, 2012

Gift honors Matthews, boosts NHS science labs


Newburyport Daily News

---- — NEWBURYPORT — The science labs at Newburyport High School have an anonymous donor and former Mayor Byron Matthews to thank for a recent gift.

The Newburyport Education Foundation received a $2,500 donation from an anonymous individual in honor of Matthews, who graduated from Newburyport High in 1946 and was president of his class.

“This gift honors a valued NHS alumni and community member and benefits the Newburyport public schools,” NEF president John Elwell said in a release. “The donation will be used to purchase science lab supplies primarily for biology, chemistry and physics.”

Matthews served as mayor of Newburyport for five two-year terms from 1968 to 1978, which was the longest period anyone has occupied the corner office. He oversaw much of the restoration of historic downtown Newburyport.

“I am pleased that the Newburyport Education Foundation is able to receive this money and use it for improving the science labs for our students at the high school,” Matthews said in the release.

The mission of the Newburyport Education Foundation is to bring philanthropy into the Newburyport public schools and generate financial resources that will enhance the quality of public education throughout the school system.

The organization aims to supplement funding for programs that are already supported by public financing at a basic level, but which can be substantially improved by additional private sector financing, and to finance programs that might not receive funding from traditional sources, such as the district budget or state aid.