Community Foundation Awards Over $50,000 in Education Grants


The Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore honored Maryland Lower Shore schools and educators with $51,545 in grants through the Foundation’s 2013 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 Chair. “These awards highlight truly remarkable things our dedicated teachers and school administrators are accomplishing,” he added.

Calcott Award of Excellence

The Community Foundation honored Parkside High School with the Ninth Annual Mary Gay Calcott Award of Excellence. In addition to the Calcott Award, Parkside High received $1000 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 a liberal education; teaching students to think, to express themselves with clarity and to care about the world they live in.

The following programs received Education Award Grants for 2013 during ceremonies held at the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore’s Nonprofit Support Center in Salisbury:

In Somerset County:

  • Carter G. Woodson Elementary School – nutrition awareness program materials

  • Carter G. Woodson Elementary School – anti bullying campaign materials

  • Carter G. Woodson Elementary School – stability balls to enhance classroom learning

  • Crisfield High School – book club program to meet 9th grade core requirements