Online Auction supports Erika Hall Memorial Fund

Hall Memorial fund photoIn addition to WEF’s Erika Hall World Language Program, her family created the Erika Hall Memorial Fund to provide scholarships and grants to high school seniors taking the next step, be that college, cross-cultural travel, experimentation with the arts, etc. Check out the online auction items to support this fund at the Online Auction page in the menu to the left

Erika Hall World Language Program

Erika Hall World Language Program

The WEF is pairing up with Alliance Francaise of Providence, a language and

Erika Hall (here with Japanese exchange student Momoko) was a vivacious and dynamic Westport student who dreamed of spending her junior year of high school as an exchange student in Italy.  The Erika Hall World Language Program was established to keep her spirit alive through promoting the value of foreign language instruction.

Erika Hall (here with Japanese exchange student Momoko) was a vivacious and dynamic Westport student who dreamed of spending her junior year of high school as an exchange student in Italy. The Erika Hall World Language Program was established to keep her spirit alive through promoting the value of foreign language instruction.

cultural group, to bring an exciting new World Language Program into the Westport Elementary School. The Alliance Française de Providence is part of the largest network of French language and cultural centers in the world. We are thrilled to be able to offer the benefit of this wonderful group to the Westport Elementary students!

This is the beginning of our new Erika Hall Program for World Languages. Our goal is to offer 10 week sessions in French, Spanish, and Chinese at the elementary school and move with the students as they progress through the Westport Community Schools. We can only reach these goals with the help and support of the community.

Working with Superintendent Ann Dargon, the WEF and the new extended day program are offering classes two afternoons per week.  The children are  instructed in vocabulary, songs, and also use computers to access information about French monuments, artists, and French speaking countries. The program will span the school year with four 10 week sessions.




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News from Our Schools

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A conversation with AP Biology teacher,  Daniel Harrington

How has WEF funding made a difference for you in your role as a science teacher at Westport High School?

It has afforded me the opportunity to offer programs to my students that I wouldn’t otherwise be able to offer them due to the (limits of the) school budget – it doesn’t allow for field study expenses.

What has been the impact of the AP training we funded on how you teach not only AP students but your other students as well?

mmsiThe MMSI (Massachusetts Math and Science Initiative) training that I received funded by WEF has been the best practical training I have received to date. It has informed my instruction for all courses I teach, Honors Biology and Environmental Science as well.

What additional science courses would you like to see at WHS?

We recently discontinued Bio-technology and feel this was a great loss. It was a feather in our cap.

Tell us about the study of the Westport River we funded that you are doing with your students. What do you hope your students will learn from it? Why is it important to have these opportunities for the students?

From a strictly scientific point of view, it is a great way to do hands on real world science. The students will be faced with an authentic problem to solve and they will solve it through field studies and lab work, while utilizing critical reasoning skills.

What future studies are you thinking about?

I am thinking about taking secondary education administration coursework. For my students, the AP Biology course is excellent preparation for not only Biology major students but also those interested in Allied Health and all Technology fields, due to stressing critical thinking skills.

What has been the impact of the WEF on education in Westport in your opinion?

It has been a positive experience. The buzz word today is enrichment. What that means to me, is that we are able to offer educational opportunities to our students that surpass the “have to’s” and “this will be on the MCAS”.

Walk For Westport – 2014 – Thank you for your support

Circle_logo-to-color-1color-final-2x2Thank you for joining us for the 4th annual Walk For Westport in beautiful Westport Harbor. The weather was stunning, the participation was huge, it was a wonderful day for a great cause! This event brought generations of Westporters together to raise funds for seniors and our schools.  If you missed it, please join us in 2015!

Thank you to our generous supporters, participants and the team of volunteers!  You made it all happen! :)

In Memory and Honor of the Life of Rosemary Wetterings Lenrow, her vision for this community event will continue to unite the generations of Westport.


 Thank you to our 2014 sponsors, your generous donations make this wonderful event possible!


Even Keel Realty

Revolution Softwash

BayCoast Bank

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2014 10k  SPONSORS:

The Bayside Restaurant, Kozy Nook Restaurant, Lees Wine & Spirits, Mike Hill @ Coldwell Banker,Minuteman Press, Rosemary’s Friends, Steven Carreiro Construction, Inc.,Tim’s Lawn Care LLC, Westport Business to Business, Westport Police Association, Inc., Westport Point Neighborhood Association


2014 5k  SPONSORS:

Acoaxet Veterinary Clinic, Arruda Insurance, The Back Eddy Restaurant, Bittersweet Restaurant, Blount Seafood, Bradshaw Insurance Agency, Inc., Camara’s Plumbing & Heating, Christopher Abreu Attorney at Law,  Friends of Chuck & Wendy Goldberg , Country Woolens, F.L. Tripp & Sons, Inc., Grums Family Restaurant, Jack’s Lanscape’n, JF Moran, Joal’s Garage, LaPointe Insurance Agency, Law Office of Jennifer P. Heald, Mid City Steel Corporation, N.A.C. Security & Stereo Systems, Inc., Nick’s Pizza, Orr’s Farm Stand ,Partners Village Store, Potter Funeral Service Inc., Selectman Richard Spirlet, South Shore Dry Dock Marine, State Representative Paul Schmid, Westport Apothecary, Westport Chiropractic, Westport Federal Credit Union & William Raveis

walk-route-mapIn addition to our Race Sponsors above we also received generous donations, goods and services from local businesses and friends:

Lees Oil Service, Pine Hill Gas & Convenience, Selena Howard, Irene Buck, Michael Campbell, Sylvan Nursery, Linda Olsen, Soccer & Lees Mkt., Beth Turenne, Janet Jones and Jen Lima Photography

We look forward to seeing you in 2015!

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Klean out for kids

Klean Out For Kids!

Thank you for making our 2nd annual Yard Sale a success!  Special thanks to the WHS kids who did a fabulous job at the car wash :)

A HUGE shout out to the Kozy Nook Cafe for their donation of baked goods – we can’t thank you enough!!

clipart_yard_sale Remember us next spring ~ clean out for a great cause. All proceeds benefit the Westport Community Schools.

*Please note: Items donated should be gently used, clean and in working condition. We cannot accept cribs, playpens, booster seats, car seats, computers, printers, TV’s or mattresses.

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Check out a few of our generous donations from last year… 1045078_542942215764404_930281332_n 945401_542943089097650_482464703_n 1002449_542942002431092_390676554_n

A Night at the Races – WEF Derby Fundraiser



shutterstock_26664436-bought shutterstock_56750293-with-logoshutterstock_6071032-bought  The Kentucky Derby on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Whites of Westport  was a fabulous success!  We held our second annual fun evening of simulated horse racing, a hat contest, mint juleps, art exhibit/auction! All proceeds from the event will fund the WEF’s programs for academic enrichment next year.


Events like this are made possible because of the wonderful support of local businesses, Westport families, friends, teachers & staff!  Thank you!!

Thank you to our Race Sponsors for 2014:  Arruda Insurance, Buzzards Bay Brewery, BayCoast Bank, Carol Akerson & Rich Kelly,  Even Keel Realty, J F Moran Company, Providence Journal, Tim’s Lawn Care , Westport Point Neighborhood Assoc.,  & Ustinov Jewelers

Thank you to our Banner Sponsors:  BayCoast Bank & Partners Village Store

Local Business Sponsors:  Arruda Constrution, Back Eddy, Beach House Newport, Beautiful Things, Cardi’s Furniture, Chasse Heating & A/C, Courtyards Ltd., Cummings Realty, Davis & Tripp Inc., En L’air School of Dance, Equity Real Estate, Frymark Designs, Graphix Plus, Jen Lima Photography, Joal’s Garage, John Byer, Lickety Splits, Lloyd Center for the Environment, Meredith Brower Photography, Mid City Steel, Mirasol’s Cafe, Osprey Kayak Center, Pawlissa, Red Cedar, RISD Museum, Riverside Art, Screencraft Tileworks LLC, Signature Signs, Somerset Creamery, Steve Medeiros Auctioneer, Studio 25, The Westporter, Village Garage, Westport Chiropractic, Westport Fire Association (L-1802), Westport Happenings, Westport Police Assoc.

Special Thanks to LaFrance Hospitality & Steve Medeiros Auctioneer!

Thank you to just a few of our Horse Sponsors: A bunch of Ya-Ya’s, Allen Family, Annonymous (9), Baron Family, Pedneau-Bernard Family, Buck Family, Burkholder Family, Reitzas-Butler Family, Camisa Family, Carney Family, Corey Family, DaLuz Family, DaPonte Family, DeMoura Family, Deston Family, Dutra Family, Fellows Family, Ferrarini Family, Ferris Family, Giblin Family, Goldberg Family, Gormley Family, Howard Family, Hutchison Family, Dufault Family, Lima Family, Miller Family, Jones Family, LaFrance Family, Laird Family, Lavoie Family, Lecomtes Family, Ledoux Family, Legendre Family, MacMaster Family, Sullivan Family, Sullivan Family, Michaelewich Family, Nedel Family, Ostroff Family, Nordoff Family, Paull Family, Perry Family, Pichette Family, Powell Family, Rioux Family, Santos Family, Gifford Family, Gifford Family, Slade & Cole Family, Mullaney Family, Tobias-Micheel Family, Torre Family, Tripp Family, Turene Family, Weinberg Family, WES 1st Grade Teachers,  WES 2nd grade Teachers, WES 3rd grade Teachers, WES 4th grade Teachers, MAC Teachers & Staff, WMS Purple House & WMS Office, WHS  Admin & Teachers   - get your horses ready for next year!!

Please note, there were many last minute sponsors, please email us if we did not include your name in our list above!

See you next year :)

Number of WHS students taking an AP exam has grown 175%

AP test growth 2013Since its inception in 2010, the Westport Education Foundation funded training to enable Westport High School to double its Advanced Placement curriculum by adding Calculus, Statistics, and Psychology. WEF funded an additional $8,000 this summer for additional training on existing programs and to help the Middle School add Pre-AP Calculus and English. The results are clear: 175% increase in the number of Westport High School students taking an AP exam since 2010.

AP Matching Grant Challenge is COMPLETED!

matchinggrantsR. Michael and Martha Sullivan will match the $5,000 we received to support Westport’s Advanced Placement programs. Read more!

Over $20,000 in new grants for 2013-2014!

Portrait of a group of business people laughing against white baNew programs include Pre-AP Math and English at WMS and a reading mentor program for WES/WMS students. We also renewed funding for the 1st grade literacy club, 4th and 7th grade math teams, Destination Imagination (9 teams!), 5/6th grade book club, 7/8th grade writer’s guild, middle school science fair, middle school art club sculpture materials, and SAT preparation courses. Lastly, we helped to send two high school teachers for their second year of AP training for biology and calculus.

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