An Evening for Education

Celebrate the great things happening in Newport’s public schools and honor the recipients of the Noreen Stonor Drexel Education Awards during the annual An Evening for Education. This year’s event will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. Friday, June 1 at the Edward King House, located at 35 King St. in Newport.

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All proceeds will support the Newport Public Education Foundation’s enrichment and community grants, which provide educational experiences that directly and positively impact the students of Newport’s public schools. During the 2017-2018 academic year, the Newport Public Education Foundation has awarded more than $25,000 in grants to classroom teachers and community partners.

Noreen Stonor Drexel Education Awards

The Noreen Stonor Drexel Education Awards recognize individuals and organizations that significantly contribute to the students of Newport’s public schools. Currently, the Newport Public Education Foundation bestows three awards: Friend of Education, Partner in Education and Unsung Hero in Education. The awards are named for the late Noreen Stonor Drexel in recognition of her 22 years of service as a special advisor to the foundation.

Friends of Education: Peter and Melinda Gerard. The Gerards established the Loti Falk Gaffney Pell Elementary School Music Empowerment Trust, also known as the Pell Inspiration Program, to introduce Pell students to inspired musicians through an annual artists-in-residence program. Using music as the medium, a typical engagement is a multi-day program in which the artists perform in a variety of settings.

Partner in Education: Sail Newport. Since its founding in 1983, Sail Newport has been making significant contributions to the children of Newport. Visits to the educational exploration center at the Volvo Ocean Race’s race village and the implementation of a learn-to-sail program for Pell fourth-graders have greatly enriched the lives of students in the Newport Public Schools.

Unsung Heroes in Education: Mitchell and Jennifer Jackson. The Jacksons have revitalized the Thompson Middle School PTO, which supports programs that are focused on building school spirit and enhancing the education of Thompson students. The Jacksons also served as facilitators in the recent Community Conversation series and are vocal proponents of adequate education funding and equal opportunities for all students.

Annual Appeal: Help Us Continue Our Mission

The mission of the Newport Public Education Foundation is to support programs that are not otherwise funded by the school budget. Each year, we award an average of $20,000 in grants to classroom teachers and community partners to provide innovative educational experiences to students in the Newport Public Schools.

We invite you to help us continue our mission.

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In 2017, we gave enrichment grants to classroom teachers at Pell Elementary School, Thompson Middle School and Rogers High School for programs such as a lending library for English language learners and collaborative projects with organizations such as Save the Bay, Casey Farm and the Norman Bird Sanctuary. At Pell, we supported the social-emotional Open Circle curriculum for the second straight year, and at Rogers, we funded training for social workers seeking to implement an evidence-based social curriculum.

We continue to support our community partnership with the Newport Restoration Foundation, through which students from multiple grade levels produce artwork for display at Rough Point as part of the museum’s exhibits.

Despite the success that is evident throughout our district, Newport Public Schools continue to be challenged in many ways. Now more than ever, students and educators need our financial support to maintain a high standard of learning.

We ask for your help in funding our efforts. Donations may be submitted through the link below or by check made payable to Newport Public Education Foundation and mailed to 320 Thames St., Unit 1237, Newport, RI 02840.

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We look forward to having you join us in our efforts.

Teacher/School Enrichment Grants Available

2017-2018 NPEF Grant Application Now Open, Due Friday, October 13th

The Newport Public Education Foundation invites Newport Public School teachers and Community Organizations to apply for enrichment grants to support unique classroom learning experiences and opportunities for Newport Public Schools students.

Applications must be submitted online and are available at www.npef-ri.org.  Grant funding is limited and is based on proposals and impact.

2017 Noreen Stonor Drexel Education Awards

The Noreen Stonor Drexel Education Awards are selected annually and represent individuals and organizations that significantly contribute to the students of the Newport Public Schools. Currently, three awards and a scholarship are presented annually.

Nominations are now being solicited for an individual who represents a friend of education, an organization that represents a partner in education and and individual who represents an unsung hero of education.

These awards will be presented at this year’s An Evening for Education to be held Friday, June 2, 2017 at the Edward King House, 35 King Street, Newport, RI.

2017 Noreen Stonor Drexel Education Award Nomination Form