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The 2016-2017 school year has been another great year for the Colonial Fund!  Together we raised $55,800 for Shrewsbury Public Schools.

Thank you to all who have made donations and participated in our events.  Because of your support, we will once again be able to bring projects to our schools that would not otherwise be feasible.

Here are some highlights from our year:

Shrewsbury Federal Credit Union is once again our Innovation Partner. 

Shrewsbury Federal Credit Union has donated $5,000 towards innovative ideas in our schools and they have offered a matching challenge of an additional $5,000.  All individual donations (not those generated through an event) will be matched up to a total of $5,000, thus giving us $15,000 towards innovative projects.

Jim Dupont (top, far right) and Dr. Sawyer (top, far left) meet with students from 4th grade at Paton Elementary School who are using iPads n their classroom, thanks, in part, to Shrewsbury Federal Credit Union's ongoing support.

On November 19th, we hosted our 2nd Annual Farmer's Market & Artisan Fair, highlighting over 30 local businesses and crafters.  

Hundreds of people attended our winter farmer's market, which offered a huge array of foods, like farm-fresh vegetables, fresh bread, homemade baked goods, pies and shrimp.  There was also an amazing selection of hand-crafted gifts such as pottery, jewelry, goat milk soap, natural bath products, soy candles, hand sewn items, ultra-soft alpaca products, customized canvas bags and wooden signs, and books written by Shrewsbury students.  Many people took advantage of the opportunity to purchase early holiday gifts as well as food for their Thanksgiving table. We will definitely continue to host this an annual event!

         

On November 29, the Colonial Fund joined in celebrating Giving Tuesday, a world wide day of philanthropy.

We sent the following message to our school families: "For the third year, the Shrewsbury Public Schools Colonial Fund has joined this movement, known as #GivingTuesday, to celebrate and encourage philanthropy. 

While we recognize that you have many options available to you for year-end giving, we hope you will consider a local donation to the Colonial Fund, which supports the very schools your children attend or once did.  All donations go towards funding innovative projects in our schools that would not otherwise be feasible.

Most recently, the Colonial Fund sponsored a showing of the movie “Most Likely to Succeed” which started the conversation about how students learn and gain 21st century skills in our district.  Later this year we will continue this conversation when parents, business leaders, teachers, students and educators from higher learning gather to help us develop the "Portrait of a Graduate". The Colonial Fund has also helped to support the 2:1 iPad initiative in the 4th grade, STEM related classroom supplies, online digital tools and this year, will provide the funds for important equipment replacement at the high school TV studio that would not have otherwise been possible."

On April 9, 2017, we hosted our 10th Annual Road Scholars 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

We could not have asked for a more beautiful day or a better turnout for our 10th annual Road Scholars Race!  It was a sunny day, well into the 60s, and for the almost 500 runners, strollers and walkers who came out to run the 5k or 1 mile, it was a wonderful way to spend time with family and friends.  Together we raised over $9000 for the Shrewsbury Public Schools Colonial Fund. 

 

                  

Over the past 10 years, the Road Scholars Race has had more than 3,000 runners raise over $70,000 for The Colonial Fund to support innovative projects in Shrewsbury schools that would not be funded through any other means. 

We are grateful to all of you who participated in our race!  For pictures and links to finishing times, please visit www.shrewsburyroadscholars.org.  Also, be sure to like our Shrewsbury Road Scholars 5k/Fun Run Facebook page and check our Funded Projects link on the left to see how we will be spending the funds you have helped us raise.

       

 

If you are interested in sponsoring our race next year, please contact Race Directors Michelle Biscotti and Kathleen Keohane at development@shrewsbury.k12.ma.us.  We will be looking for mile marker sponsors, a water table sponsor and a sound sponsor, in addition to race and table sponsors. Sponsorships start as low as $100!