Tell Your Teacher they are a STAR!

AEF’s teacher appreciation program is a win-win: STARS graphic

  • Lets teachers and staff know that you think they are STARS.
  • Helps fund amazing school enrichment projects in the arts, sciences, math, literacy, staff development and more!

Send your STAR by December 4th to ensure delivery before the end of the year.  New this year – give your STAR online!


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Continuing Scholar Award Grant Profile

AEF Continuing Scholar Awards are awarded to Arlington Burke_Breathing flowers4aeducators to support education experiences that will in turn benefit their students.

Over the summer, Meagan Burke, a Social worker at Dallin School, attended a workshop on the importance of rhythm and play to help children recover from trauma and develop skills for coping with daily stress.  Read more about Ms. Burke’s experience and how she has already taught Dallin students the concept of mindfulness through ‘healing flowers’.


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Ottoson Teacher Blanchette Awarded 2015 MassTEC Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Ottoson Technology & Engineeringwhitney_blanchette_350 teacher Gary Blanchette who was awarded MassTEC Teacher of the Year!

“Seeing students faces light up and their eagerness to come to class everyday has always been rewarding enough for me. The impact that the upgraded instructional technology has had on our curriculum is profound.”

That ‘instructional technology’ he refers to was funded by an AEF Grant. We are thrilled to help Mr. Blanchette and his students reach their full potential.  more

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Annual Fall Fundraiser Nov. 23

AEF Celebrating 25 years_logoPlease join us as we celebrate our silver anniversary!  Our annual fall fundraising event will take place on November 23rd at flora from 6-8pm.  Come raise a glass and celebrate 25 years of supporting and enriching public education in Arlington.   More info and to RSVP.

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AEF Technology Initiative Awards $106,000 to Schools

In the third and final year of our AEF Technology Initiative fundraising thank youcampaign to jumpstart technology in Arlington Schools, we raised a whopping $106,000!  Thank you to all of our donors that supported this effort to:

  • Establish a High School Digital Arts Studio
  • Fund Mobile Science Workstations at the High School
  • Purchase additional equipment for the Ottoson Technology & Engineering program

This three-year effort raised $190,000.  Learn more about what we funded in 2015, as well as our successes in 2013 & 2014.

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Quad Cycles Bike Swap Raises over $1,600 for AEF

We would like to thank our community partner Quad Cycles for quadcyclestheir continued support.  Their second annual bike swap in June raised over $1,600 for AEF.  We’d like to thank the people of Arlington and the greater Boston area for contributing to their event.

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2015 STARS Teachers of the Year

Congratulations to our STARS Teachers of the  Year!  The Arlington High School and Ottoson Middle School teachers that received the most STARS (School Teachers are Really Special) certificates this year were:

  • Nicole Eidson, AHS English
  • Greg Condakes (Ringo Starr below), Ottoson Music*
  • Stefanie Carlson, 8th Grade Math*

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(*For the first time ever, we had a tie for Ottoson Teacher of the Year)

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2015 Dawn Grant Awarded to Art. Food. Community.

We are pleased to announce that Art.Food.Community. has been awarded the 2015 dawn-grant-certificate 2015Dawn Moses Memorial Innovations Grant.

This special recognition is given to the Innovations in Education grant that most embodies creativity, rigor and commitment to the students and teachers of Arlington. By recognizing annually an outstanding Innovations grant we honor Dawn Moses, a former AEF Board member who passed away in 2012.

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Take the #AEFTechChallenge!

Take the #AEFTechChallenge and help AEFTechChallenge_Amyus reach our Tech Initiative fundraising goals!

1.  Donate to the AEF Tech Initiative by June 30th

2. Take a picture of yourself stating that you gave and post it on AEF’s Facebook page

3.  Challenge your friends to do the same!

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AEF Boosts STEM at Ottoson

Get an inside look at how the AEF Technology Initiative transformed the Ottoson Middle School Technology & Engineering and Digital Media & Literacy programs.

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