Jennifer Page: Amherst Education Foundation calls for volunteers as it turns 25

  • Proceeds from an annual Trivia Bee benefit the Amherst Education Foundation. GAZETTE FILE PHOTO

Friday, April 19, 2019
Amherst Ed. Foundation calls for volunteers

Michelle Obama once said, “Public education is our greatest pathway to opportunity in America.”

We at the Amherst Education Foundation believe this whole-heartedly, and it’s why we are so dedicated to supporting public education in the Amherst area.

AEF is an independent nonprofit organization that raises funds that we distribute via grants to educators in Amherst-area public schools. In the last three years alone, we have granted $100,000 to fund programs and initiatives such as restorative justice at Amherst Regional High School; garden-based learning at Crocker Farm, Fort River, and Wildwood; picture my immigration program at Amherst Regional Middle School; and much more.

This year, AEF celebrates its 25th year of supporting educators and students. We were founded by a dedicated group of parents who wanted to bring community resources together to support our schools, and we continue today with a new generation of committed community members.

AEF is almost entirely volunteer run, with a “working board” comprised of community members who review grants, send emails, raise money, post to social media, plan events, and more. We currently have several open seats on our board of directors, and are seeking individuals who are passionate about supporting public education.

Interested people should visit our website (amhersteducationfoundation.org) to learn more about AEF and submit a board application online. And everyone is invited to attend our spring fundraising event, “AEF: A Toast to 25 Years,” on May 30.

Join us as we toast 25 years of supporting our public schools with AEF co-founder Ellen Story, state Sen. Jo Comerford, state Rep. Mindy Domb, and Amherst Town Council President Lynn Griesemer. The evening will feature cocktails, hearty appetizers, and a fun and unique silent auction. Buy your tickets online at amhersteducationfoundation.org.

Jennifer Page