1000 Books Before 1st Grade

needvolunteersWEF-1000books-logo_lowresThe Westport Education Foundation is pleased to announce the introduction of 1000 Books Before First Grade, a multi-year pre-literacy effort aimed at encouraging families to read at least 1000 books to their pre-school/kindergartner from birth to age 6. This program is a partnership between the Albert Lees Memorial Fund of the Westport Education Foundation and Partners Village Store. The program will be offered at the Macomber Primary School, beginning September, 2015.

To make it easy for families to achieve this goal, we have collected over 2000 books and have sorted them into 200+ bags of 10 books each. Children who participate in the program will be given a bag of 10 books to take home and share with their families. Once those books have been read, parents will return the bag to school and a volunteer will swap out the books for a new bag of 10 books. Each child will receive a game board to track his/her reading progress. Along the way, children can earn small rewards for reading 100, 400, and 700 books. But, most importantly, any child who completes all 1000 books before entering first grade will receive the following: Medal of Achievement, Book Award provided by Partners Village Store, and a Certificate of Merit. All of this will be awarded at a ceremony and presented by school officials.

Special thanks to our friends at Partners Village Store for the fabuous kick-off party this summer during the Children’s Reading Circle with Miss Joan.

We are currently looking for volunteers to spend ½-1 hour at Macomber on designated days swapping book bags for children. Please reach out if you would like to help out with this exciting new program!

We also continue to welcome book donations. Please do not hesitate to contact us at1000booksWEF@gmail.com


Download and print our Sign up sheet & Invite Letter here:

1000 Books Sign Up Sheet

1000 Books Invitation Letter

1000 Books Incentives


Two new studies examine the unexpectedly complex interactions that

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Westport Summer Passport – Local Geocache Family Fun

The Westport Summer Passport is an adventure that will take you to six of the most beautiful and interesting natural and historical spots in our town. You will visit:unnamed

• Headwaters Conservation Area, 187 Blossom Rd. (north Westport)
• Handy House 202 Hix Bridge Rd. (central Westport)
• Dunham’s Brook Conservation Area, 1520 Main Rd. (south Westport)
• Bell School House, 25 Drift Rd. (central Westport)
• Town Farm, 830 Drift Rd. (central Westport)
• Herb Hadfield Conservation Area, 255 Cornell Rd. (south Westport)

Download YOUR Summer Passport HERE

Using the passport, you must follow the clues to find hidden boxes at each site, collect the stamps, and claim your prize! (Prizes are intended for children only.) Also called Geocaching – a fun time for families!

Prizes are available at:

  • The Westport Land Conservation office at the Town Farm, 830 Drift Rd., Monday-Friday, 9:00-5:00. (On Saturdays you might find us at the Farmers Market from 8:30-1:00.)
  • The Westport Historical Society office at the Bell School House, 25 Drift Rd., Wednesday-Friday, 10:00-2:00.
  • The Handy House, 202 Hix Bridge Rd., second and fourth Saturday of the month, 10:00-4:00.

summerpbellhouseIt’s a PDF file that consists of two letter-sized sheets. You can:

  • Print it double-sided (if your printer supports this), and fold it in half vertically.
  • Print it on two sheets. Then put the blank sides of the sheets together and fold the two sheets in half vertically.

Whether you print it double-sided or on two sheets, you should position the sheet(s) so the welcome message is on the front of the passport.

  • This is a free self-guided family-friendly activity that runs from June 20-September 7. All walks are less than 1.5 miles and cover flat ground or moderate inclines.
  • You may visit locations in any order, seven days a week and you do not need to complete all six in one day.
  • Each passport box contains a stamp, an inkpad, a small notebook, and a pencil. We invite you to write thoughts, impressions, questions, and ideas in the notebooks. We will post selected comments on our Facebook pages.
  • Please be considerate and replace the passport boxes in their hiding places. Call 508 636-6011 or 508 636-9228 for assistance or to report a missing stamp.


 We would love to see your pictures of the passport places you visit. Send images to

  • info@westportlandtrust.org
  • westporthistory@westporthistory.net
  • info@westporteducationfoundation.com

Or post your pictures to our Facebook pages.

Westport Summer Passport is a partnership of the Westport Historical Society, The Westport Land Conservation Trust, and the Westport Education Foundation. The activity was designed by Terry Somerson in collaboration with WHS, WLCT, and Westport Education Foundation. Graphic design by Geraldine Millham Design.

For more information about any of the featured locations, visit www.westportlandtrust.org or www.wpthistory.org.

This project is supported by the Westport Cultural Council through a grant from the Helen E. Ellis Charitable Trust administered by Bank of America.

Have fun, enjoy yourselves, and have a wonderful Westport summer!

The Acting Challenge for WEF


1. Accept the challenge.

2. Choose 3 people to nominate for this challenge

3. Record a video of you acting while saying the following:

  • Say something close to “I accept the Acting Challenge for WEF and will donate $10 to the Westport Education Foundation in Massachusetts.  I am challenging ___, ____, _____ (name 3 people here) to this challenge – you have 24 hours to respond!”
  • Act out the line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet : “To be or not to be: that is the question”  (have fun, be creative or serious!!)

4. Include our link to challenge & donate in your message on Facebook or your choice of social media:


5. Donating is easy – Acting is fun, spread the word & Act for Education!

Thank you!!hamlet_wf

Donate now, click here!  $10 min please:


William Shakespeare - To be, or not to be: that is the question (3.1) from Hamlet’s Fourth Soliloquy – Original Text & Summary:

To be, or not to be: that is the question:

Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer

The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,

Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,shakespeare_book_fb

And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;

No more; and by a sleep to say we end

The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks

That flesh is heir to, ’tis a consummation

Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep;

To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub;

For in that sleep of death what dreams may come

When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,

Must give us pause: there’s the respect

That makes calamity of so long life;

For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,

The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely,

The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay,

The insolence of office and the spurns

That patient merit of the unworthy takes,

When he himself might his quietus make

With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,

To grunt and sweat under a weary life,

But that the dread of something after death,

The undiscover’d country from whose bourn

No traveller returns, puzzles the willactingChallenge_fb_2

And makes us rather bear those ills we have

Than fly to others that we know not of?

Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;

And thus the native hue of resolution

Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought,

And enterprises of great pith and moment

With this regard their currents turn awry,

And lose the name of action. – Soft you now!

The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons

Be all my sins remember’d.

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. For the latest auction items and information, check the Facebook page here at Erika Hall Memorial Fund


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

News from our schools Dan

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 – Thank you to our Sponsors & Volunteers!!

Thank you to our Volunteers & Sponsors – this event is ONLY possible with your support!!  :)

It was a wonderful day on Sunday, OCTOBER 4th - for our 5th annual Walk For Westport in beautiful Westport Harbor. Our community walk-a-thon was sponsored by the Westport Education Foundation & The Friends of the Council on Aging to benefit the youth and seniors of Westport.



A Night at the Races – WEF Derby Fundraiser

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Our third annual  Night at the Races FUNdraiser was held on Friday, May 8th, 2015 at Whites of Westport.  It was a fabulous night for our community! A fun evening of simulated video Kentucky Derby racing, food, silent & live auctions, raffle – all to raise funds for the Westport Community School program grant awards.

The success of this event would not be possible without our amazing volunteer team and our sponsors!  Please shop local – generous businesses continue to support our schools!!

From the wonderful MC, Steve Medeiros,  to the kids that sang live – we enjoyed a great evening for a wonderful cause. WEF friends traveled from near and far – how special is that?

Special thanks to our Community Partner Sponsor – BayCoast Bank!



All proceeds from the event will fund the WEF’s programs for academic enrichment next year.


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- our beloved Triple Crown Sponsors:













What is a Derby event without Race and Event sponsors? We could not have celebrated 10 races, a hat contest, auctions, raffles and more without this fabulous group of businesses!  Thank you:



You can’t forget the Horses, our gratitude is endless to our local horse & ad Sponsors & auction donors, please shop local!Sponsors_final-ad-horses_lo










There are many special people who support the WEF but we are not sure if everyone knows that our talented WEF Friend, South Coast Artist | Heather Frymark from Tiverton creates a gorgeous sculpture in honor of our event. She donates hours of work and then allows us to auction her gift to benefit the WEF.  Thank you Heather – your generosity and talent continues to inspire us!


We hope to see you next year!  Thank you :)



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.

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