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Education foundation grants total $15,908.

STURBRIDGE - The Tantasqua Education Foundation is pleased to announce new officers of the Board of Directors, effective immediately. President: Joe Zwiebel of Sturbridge; Vice President: Lisa Dalberth of Sturbridge; Treasurer: Pete Connly of Sturbridge; Secretary: Jodie Gerulaitis of West Brookfield, and Immediate Past President: Christine Tieri of Sturbridge. Current and new board members will be listed on the Ted. website at the start of the 2012-13 year.

Ted. would also like to recognize Jeff Tasse of Sturbridge for making a generous endowment in memory of his father, George P. Tasse. George Tasse, the second generation owner of Tasse's Fuel Corp., lived in Sturbridge and strongly supported local education, serving on the Burgess School Committee, and later as chairman for Tantasqua Regional/Union 61 School Committee.

The purpose of Ted. is to help fund innovative programs for students of the Tantasqua and Union 61 school district and Ted. is proud to be funding six grants for the 2012-13 school year totaling $15,908:

A grant for "Geocaching" is awarded to Daniel Thompson of Brimfield Elementary School to purchase 10 GPS devices and materials to allow sixth-grade students to locate objects in Brimfield State Forest.

A grant for "Picture Posts: Digitally Documenting Environmental Change" is awarded to Steve Kelly of Tantasqua High School to purchase waterproof digital cameras with GPS and other materials that will monitor the environment and be part of the Digital Earth Watch at UNH. Special emphasis will be placed on the June 2011 tornado aftermath.

A grant for "History Alive! Traveling through the 50 states" is awarded to Bernadette Toomey and Marion Reilly of Wales Elementary to purchase a green screen, lighting and costumes for fourth- and fifth-graders to report and re-enact history.

A grant for "Cultural Trends in Local Pottery" is awarded to Stephen Thompson and Tricia O'Brien-Briere of Tantasqua High School to bring in a master potter to instruct high school students in pottery making and building a kiln.

A grant for "Diving into Digital Media" is awarded to Alesia Peck, Sarah Swift, Erin Parker and Jeremiah Cayea of Burgess Elementary for e-books and iPads that allow fourth grade students to create multimedia presentations and digital stories with a focus on learning science and geography through a teacher-created e-book.

A grant for "iPads for Khan" is awarded to Emilie Parent of Burgess Elementary to purchase iPads for a full-inclusion model classroom that utilizes Khan Academy's free Web-based video micro-lectures and guided math practices.

Ted. has funded 35 grants totaling over $80,000 since 2008. The Foundation's website is Inquiries may be sent to or to P.O. Box 222, Fiskdale, MA 01518.
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Date:Aug 17, 2012
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