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Hear from our former grant recipients!


"I am a middle school Read 180 teacher and I have been the recipient of three Pittsfield Education Foundation Grants.  These grants have allowed me to purchase materials to enhance my own professional learning as well as providing materials for my students.  An integral part of the Read 180 Reading Intervention program is independent reading and I found the classroom library to have a rather limited selection for students to choose from.  The Pittsfield Education Foundation provided me with the opportunity to purchase new books of interest for the students in my classroom.  After combing through numerous lists of ‘favorite books’, I put together wish lists and over two years was able to purchase more than 50 new books for my classroom. My students are now more likely to find a book that they will enjoy reading which will help to improve their literacy skills (as measured by their improved lexile scores).  Completing the grant application was straightforward and I appreciate the PEF for supporting my students and I!"

Cynthia Grauman


“I would like to thank PEF for the amazing opportunity to attend the Wilson Reading Just Words training in Oxford, MA this summer! I was able to share successes, resources, and build a network of connections with other educators from all over. I am truly excited about this upcoming school year and look forward to the gains my students will achieve.”

Susan Barnes


Attending the lecture on Variable Attention Stimulus Trait (VAST) not only changed my approach to the techniques I incorporate in my classroom but rather my outlook on all behaviors; a person is not their diagnosis, but rather a compilation of many challenging and empowering gifts. Without the generosity of the Pittsfield Education Foundation, this dream would have never come to fruition.

Lauren Davidson


”It’s so rare that educators like myself get to network with teachers in our same subject matter all over the country”

John Monteverde


“The PEF grant has motivated me to work on a lifelong goal. I would not have taken on such a challenging endeavor without the support from the Pittsfield Education Foundation”

Susan Sauve

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