AEF logoUPDATED Jan. 29: Arlington Public Schools (APS) last year got three grants totaling $72,000 from the Arlington Education Foundation (AEF), whose stated mission is to support innovative projects and enhance teaching and learning in Arlington Public Schools. Now, AEF is the host for a fund-raising event to showcase how the grant is funding projects throughout the local public school district.

Monday, Jan. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m., the foundation welcomed residents to Punjab, 485 Mass. Ave., for live music, small plates and a cash bar as a backdrop for learning about the ways grantees are spending the new funding.

Dr. Mona Ford Walker, deputy superintendent of Arlington Public Schools, was among the scheduled speakers.

According to AEF, eight grantees have confirmed their presentations, from displays explaining new elementary courses to be offered, plans for new gardens at the middle and high schools --and new technology that promotes student mental health and well-being. More information about the showcase can be learned here>>

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Fuller gave the event's recent history as follows: "The event returned last year (January 2023) at Punjab after a hiatus in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic. Prior to that, AEF held the event for many years at Flora Restaurant, then Olivio's (where Town Tavern is now) and then Tryst.  The showcase event has been held for at least 10 years. The event has always showcased AEF grants and featured guest speakers from APS." 

A list of those committed to display their new projects at the event is below:
  1. AHS Performing Arts (multiple grantees)
  2. 'Understanding Our Differences': curriculum in Grades 3 through 5 to teach students about disability awareness
  3. Strategic Initiatives Working Group (Superintendent Elizabeth Homan, Arlington Public Schools' Five-Year Plan)
  4. Screen printing across the curriculum
  5. emWavesPro: a biofeedback tool to help with elementary student mental health and well-being.
  6. Hydroponic garden for AHS environmental learning.
  7. Heavy-duty sewing machines for AHS fiber arts classes
  8. Sensory garden at Ottoson Middle School for garden club and outdoor engagement and experiential learning

Dec. 1, 2023: Arlington Education Foundation provides 3 grants to Arlington Public Schools

This announcement was published Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024, based on information from officials of the Arlington Education Foundation and of the Arlington Public Schools. It was updated many times between Jan. 14 and Jan. 29.