To the editor:
On Monday, Oct. 22, the Ale House in Amesbury was full of excitement as the Amesbury Educational Foundation Inc. (AEFI) handed out grants to well-deserving teachers of the Amesbury Public School system.
The evening started with a presentation of a Peter Gray Friend of Education Award to Detective Robert Wile of the Amesbury Police Department. The award was given by Deb Smith of the Pettengill House, Michele Robinson, superintendent of schools, Elizabeth McAndrews, dean of students, Steve O’Connor, assistant principal of the Amesbury Middle School, Kathy Glennon, former director of Student Services, and all five principals: Roy Hamond, Mike Curry, Wally Hellieson, Lou Charette and Donna Georges. Detective Wile was lauded for his dedication and compassion for families in Amesbury and his work within the school system. He is a resource that is invaluable.
Next came the presentation of the grants. On tap were the Jordan Shay Memorial Grant of $10,000 and two $5,000 grants. The Jordan Shay grant and trophy went to Jessica Regis of the high school who is partnering with Lowell’s Boat Shop for an integrative approach to math, science and history. One of the $5,000 grants was awarded to Marissa McCue at the AMS for NH Theatre Project/Shakespeare workshop. The other one was awarded to TJ Baril/Judy Burke at the AMS for Fit and Fun, a program to help curb obesity in our youth and teach them about healthy eating habits.
So just when everyone thought the evening was over, it was announced that due to the high quality and number of grant applications that there would be an additional $10,000 grant and an additional $5,000 grant. Those were awarded to Mark Casto at AHS for Project eSteme, which will be used to help students develop high-quality skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics for $10,000; and the $5,000 went to Beth Cavalier and Karen Iworsky at CES for Lights, Camera, what did you say?, a program that will install a new sound system in the cafetorium.