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WEF’s System wide STEM Initiative - all ages from the MAC to the High School

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The Westport Education Foundation has provided more than $50,000 in programming to the Westport Community Schools this year.  Our newest program is a system wide STEM initiative featuring VEX Robotics, Maker Space programs (project based, heads-on, hands-on learning) and Sea Perch underwater robotics.  We also just provided Westport Junior/Senior High School with a $10,000 grant for Advanced Placement teacher training.  Additionally, we are funding a myriad of programs advancing literacy, art, music,and business (the DECA program) at all grade levels.
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We are working hard to ensure that Westport students will have the kind of education that enables them to be future leaders in our town and the world.  We are very grateful for your support.
Please consider donating – any amount helps!  Send in $10 – $5000 – every single penny is donated back to the students in programs!
Thank you!!
WEF Board



Robotics – Exciting STEM Programs for all ages


We are embarking upon funding a system-wide STEM Initiative with the following goals in mind:

  • Establish new STEM programs and opportunities throughout Westport Community Schools (K-12).
  • Provide more project based learning opportunities
  • Focus on Hands-on, Engineering, Robotics, and Computer Science
  • Establish recurring offerings
  • Vertically align recurring programs throughout schools
  • Encourage diversity
  • Provide new opportunities at limited or no cost to the studentsIMG_4480


Our 2016-2017 plan is to fund the following STEM programs:

  • Macomber (K-2):
  1. After school Teacher/Student Maker Clubs – Grades K-2
  • Elementary School (3-6):
  1. After school Teacher/Student Maker Clubs – Grouped grades 3&4 and 5&6
  2. After school SeaPerch underwater robotics program – Grades 5&6, fall semesterWES-5th-6th-Seaperch
  • Middle School (7-8):
  1. Master Class Robotics course offering – VEX EDR
  2. After school Robotics Club (continued) – VEX EDR
  • High School (9-12):
  1. After school SeaPerch robotics program – Grades 9-12
  2. Encourage participation in NUWC (Naval Undersea Warfare Center)/UMass Dartmouth First Robotics Competition team



We need Your Donation – a letter from our board members…

Dear WEF Supporter,deca

Your annual contributions to the Westport Education Foundation continue to serve as an extremely effective way to “think globally and act locally.”  Because of you we have been able to provide Westport students with transformative and innovative programs that encourage them to become life-long learners with a capacity for constant personal and vocational growth and a commitment to active and informed participation as citizens.  When you donate to the WEF you are making an investment with potential to improve not only the lives our community’s children but also those of everyone affected by their activities in the future.

Your past support has enabled us to fund extraordinarily successful and creative programs at every level of the Westport Community School System.  Prominent among them are:

                           1000 Books Before First Grade Program:  Now extended to first and second grades, it reached a goal of 60,000 books last year and is aiming for 75,000 books this year.  (Macomber School.)

World Languages and Culture Classes: Mandarin Chinese, French, and Spanish instruction.  (Westport Elementary School.)

By Land and By Sea:  One of a number of “hands-on, heads-on projects,” this one involved construction of a 32 foot competitive rowboat under the supervision of a master boat builder and with accompanying classroom components that tied the project into relevant mathematical and geometric concepts, and into the maritime and boat building history of Westport.  (Westport Middle School.)

1622606_1031257766932844_8853359864886653124_nThe Art of Construction:  One of a number of STEAM (Science, Technology , Engineering, Art, and Math) programs conducted with the Westport Historical Society, this one involved students in learning and applying math concepts to the architectural history of the Cadman-White-Handy House.  (Westport Middle School.)

Field Study of the East Branch of the Westport River

In addition to visually surveying the river and its wildlife, students took water samples at two designated points in progression down the river.  Tests were conducted to determine the presence of dissolved oxygen, nitrates, phosphates, pH, temperature, turbidity and fecal coliform levels.  Students used data gained on this field study to determine the ecological condition of the East Branch of the Westport River and to gain insight into the local watershed’s health.  Furthermore, students analyzed our data to see if correlations can be made with respect to location of sampling.

College Advanced Placement Classes:  WEF has been instrumental in providing funds for teacher training, increasing the number of AP courses offered at Westport High School from three to nine, and for funding Saturday study sessions for students taking AP courses.  These sessions, at a cost of $10,000/year, provide both students and Westport high school teachers with extra instruction in AP science, math, English and history classes from master teachers from all around Massachusetts on various Saturdays throughout the school year.

At every level, WEF has provided students the opportunity to participate in Destination Imagination (a STEAM based learning competition.)  At every level, WEF has supported music and art programs, e.g., The Macomber “No Strings” Puppeteers, the Macomber Singers, The Macomber quilt-making project, and Elementary School, Middle School and High School drama and musical productions.  At every level, WEF has provided support to Westport students involved in national scholastic competitions, such as the South Coast Corsairs Robotics Team (students from Westport, Dartmouth, New Bedford, Tiverton and Taunton competing in local, state, national, and world robotics competitions).DSC_0325

For 2016-2017, in addition to our commitment to fund art, music and literacy programs at the Macomber School, SAT preparation and AP History Boot Camp at the High School, Destination Imagination, drama and musical productions at the Westport Elementary School and the Jr/Sr High School, we are embarking upon funding a system-wide STEM Initiative with the following goals in mind:

  • Establish new STEM programs and opportunities throughout Westport Community Schools (K-12).
  • Provide more project based learning opportunities
  • Focus on Hands-on, Engineering, Robotics, and Computer Science
  • Establish recurring offerings
  • Vertically align recurring programs through out schools
  • Encourage diversity
  • Provide new opportunities at limited or no cost to the students

File Dec 15, 9 41 52 PMOur 2016-2017 plan is to fund the following STEM programs:

  • Macomber (K-2):
  1. After school Teacher/Student Maker Clubs – Grades K-2
  • Elementary School (3-6):
  1. After school Teacher/Student Maker Clubs – Grouped grades 3&4 and 5&6
  2. After school SeaPerch underwater robotics program – Grades 5&6, fall semester
  • Middle School (7-8):
  1. Master Class Robotics course offering – VEX EDR
  2. After school Robotics Club (continued) – VEX EDR
  • High School (9-12):
  1. After school SeaPerch robotics program – Grades 9-12
  2. Encourage participation in NUWC/UMassD First Robotics Competition team

Please help us again this year as generously as you can.  We hope the work we have done has earned your confidence that your donations are used wisely and effectively toward the goal of empowering future generations to make successful lives for themselves and a better society for us all.  We depend upon you, our supporters, to continue to make that happen.

Your Donation means so much!  Please consider sending a donation in any amount. Each dollar helps fund programs for the entire Westport Community Schools.  Checks should be made payable to Westport Education Foundation and mailed to:

Westport Education Foundation

PO Box 3213 Westport MA 02790


Questions? Comments? Interested in becoming a Community Partner Donor?  

Email us:   info@westporteducationfoundation.com

Download WEF Tax Exempt Form here for your tax preparer

DownloadWEF donation form here




Building The Spirit of Westport, one plank at a time!

DV-Logo-updated-original-04.27.2015-e1464915831635Building  The Spirit of Westport, one plank at a time has been a great project! Dharma Voyage along with many generous volunteers throughout the Westport Community work with students in a hands-on environment to build a boat and learn many technical and historical details.  Twenty four students are participating in this exciting class.  Small groups of about eight students have been working with Ben Booth and Jon Aborn four days a week in the boat shop.   The groups rotate through the schedule, building upon each others’ progress.  Titcomb Brothers Manufacturing on Forge Road has kindly donated the space for our project.  The grand voyage launch will be in the SprinBoatbuilding1Boatbuilding3

Destination Imagination – Congrats Teams on Year 4!

041The WEF is proud to announce our 4th year of success in the Destination Imagination Program! Thanks to our program leaders, Deb Thatcher & Marybeth Carney along with many amazing volunteer team parents – we are monitoring our children teams to compete soon!

The Westport Education Foundation is proud to announce that this program has 11 teams this year with 61 students competing.  Our 8 parent volunteer coaches host team meetings to get ready for the Regional Tournament at Dennis-Yarmouth High School on March 21st – stay tuned for announcements & updates!


The Mission - To develop opportunities that inspire the global community of learners to utilize diverse approaches in applying 21st century skills and creativity.Destination Imagination

The Destination Imagination program is a fun, hands-on system of learning that fosters students’ creativity, courage and curiosity through open-ended academic Challenges in the fields of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), fine arts and service learning. Our participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. Teams may showcase their solutions at a tournament.


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1000 Books Before 1st Grade – Making Reading Fun & we have Book Fairies!!


The Westport Education Foundation is pleased to tell you about our excityprogram: 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 is offered at the Macomber Primary School.



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 1000THanksfor 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.

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:WEF-1000books-bag

1000 Books Sign Up Sheet

1000 Books Invitation Letter

1000 Books Incentives


Two new studies examine the unexpectedly complex interactions that

happen when you put a small child on your lap and open a picture book.learykendall


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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.

Stitches in Time – WEF partners with Westport Historical Society, Volunteers and students!


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