Community Foundation Awards $57,000 in Education Grants

The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore honored Maryland Lower Shore schools and educators with $57,000 in grants through the Foundation’s 2011 Education Award Grants Program.

Education Awards are made annually in conjunction with National Education Week through a competitive process to public and private schools on the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland. Grants are made to those schools that have developed innovative programs to be particularly beneficial to their students and communities.

“This awards program is the Community Foundation’s principle vehicle for recognizing and rewarding those schools that are engaged in making a particularly creative contribution to the education of our children,” said Don Taylor, Foundation Board Vice-Chair. “These awards recognize truly remarkable things our dedicated teachers and school administrators are accomplishing,” he added.

Calcott Award of Excellence

The Community Foundation honored the Wicomico County T.A.D. Program with the Seventh Annual Mary Gay Calcott Award of Excellence. The award was presented to the T.A.D. Program for Issues Investigation: Climate Science, an in-depth program highlighting the issues of climate change. The program will serve 3rd – 5th grade students in the T.A.D. gifted and talented program in Wicomico County. Approximately 280 students in 11 Wicomico County public schools will participate. In addition to the Calcott Award, the T.A.D. Program also received $500 from the Foundation’s Mary Gay Calcott Memorial Fund.

The award is named for the late Mary Gay Calcott, a professor of English at Salisbury University whose life embodied her teaching ideals of liberal education; teaching students to think, to express themselves with clarity, and to care about the world they live in.

The following 24 programs received Education Award Grants for 2011 during ceremonies held at the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore’s Nonprofit Support Center in Salisbury: