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Middle & High School Essay Contest: "What I Love about Framingham"

Filed under: Schools & Education by News Staff at 12:30 pm on February 1, 2015
2015 Framingham Essay Contest

Entries due by Monday, February 23rd, 2015 at 5:00pm.

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Calling all middle and high school students! Tell us what you love about our town by writing a 500 word essay.

Include three or more features of Framingham that you love. Possible topics; your school, Framingham Public Library, Framingham sports, our history, multicultural community, or something you love about the town.

All essays will be awarded a thank you gift. One winning essay from each middle & high school will be chosen and read by the author at the Deluxe Depot Diner, Thursday February 26th, 2015 at 6:00pm.

20% of proceeds to be donated to the Framingham Public Library Foundation.

Essays due by Monday, February 23rd, 2015 at 5:00pm. Please pass in to the Homework Center at the Framingham Public Library. For more information, contact Judy Gatlin at jgatlin@minlib.net

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Congresswoman Clark Discusses Education Priorities with Framingham Schools Superintendent

Filed under: Politics,Schools & Education by News Staff at 7:32 pm on December 9, 2014

FRAMINGHAM, MA - On Friday, December 5, 2014, Congresswoman Katherine Clark (MA-5) met with Framingham Superintendent of Schools Dr. Stacy Scott and his leadership team to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing Framingham schools, students and families. The group discussed ...[read more]


Alumni Group Awards Sixty-nine Scholarships

Filed under: Schools & Education by News Staff at 4:46 pm on August 5, 2014
IAFSA

Visit the IAFSA website for additional information about scholarships at www.AlumniHouse.org

FRAMINGHAM, MA - The Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni (IAFSA) is pleased to announce its 2014-2015 scholarship winners.

IAFSA, a charitable non-profit organization founded in 1874, offers approximately 30 scholarships and awards to Framingham State University students as well as interest-free loans. Some scholarships have multiple recipients. Scholarships and loan funding are provided by donations and bequests.

This year IAFSA is granting awards to a record 68 Framingham State University students. Scholarships range from $250 to $2,500. Recipients were chosen based upon their area of study, academic achievement, financial need, hometown, and campus involvement.

Two Framingham residents received awards. John McNeil was selected to receive the Cannes Internship Scholarship which makes it possible for qualified students to participate in the Cannes International Film Festival program through an associated one credit course. It was established in 2013 by an anonymous donor. Rebecca Wilson received The Murtaugh Scholarship which was established in honor of her parents by Joan E. Murtaugh, ’61 who taught for 36 years in the Framingham Public Schools. Graduates of any high school in Framingham may apply, with preference given to the offspring of police, fire, or military personnel.

Juliana Marra from Natick received the Paul T. Murphy Memorial Scholarship which was established by ...[read more]


Retiring Framingham Elementary School Teacher Receives Educator's Award

Filed under: Schools & Education by News Staff at 2:00 pm on June 24, 2014
Pat Towle and Deb Cleveland

Retiring Framingham Elementary School Teacher Pat Towle and Deb Cleveland, Executive Director, Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni, (IAFSA)

FRAMINGHAM, MA - Retiring McCarthy Elementary School teacher Patricia Towle of Framingham was honored with this year's Touch the Future Award from the Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni (IAFSA), Adams Road, Framingham. The award's name is inspired by Framingham State alum Christa McAuliffe's oft quoted, "I touch the future, I teach." as well as Christa's innovation and enthusiasm in teaching.

Towle, a 1964 Framingham State graduate, joined the Peace Corps before beginning her teaching career, most of which has been at the Miriam McCarthy Elementary School in Framingham. She opened her classroom to student teachers and maintained a collaborative and creative classroom environment. She inspired students to reach beyond the classroom door and become involved in the community. They witnessed her work on faculty committees to improve curriculum, school climate, and teacher morale. They saw her organize school fundraisers such as fashion or talent shows.

Towle lives and works in Framingham and participated in the Newcomers Club and the Framingham History Center. For several years she served as an enthusiastic IAFSA Board member. She showed her students that a teacher's impact can go far beyond an individual classroom.

She is retiring this June and hopes to spend more time in Maine.

The purpose of this award is to honor and acknowledge teachers who teach teachers; especially those who have contributed to advancing knowledge in a ...[read more]


IAFSA Celebrates 140 Years of Service with Alumni House Exhibit

Filed under: Schools & Education by Deb Cleveland at 1:20 am on May 15, 2014
Alumni House, Framingham State University

Alumni House, home of IAFSA

FRAMINGHAM, MA - 2014 is a landmark year for the Independent Association of Framingham State Alumni (IAFSA). It was founded 140 years ago in 1874.

Drawing from its archives and loaned items from alumni, IAFSA staff and volunteers have assembled a 140th Anniversary Celebration Exhibit at Alumni House, 42 Adams Road, Framingham.

As honored guests, members of the Framingham State Class of 1964 will officially open the exhibit with a ribbon-cutting ceremony during IAFSA’s annual meeting on Saturday morning, May 17th, 2014. The exhibit will close following IAFSA’s student scholarship award reception in the fall.

The exhibit features student life, alumni achievements and reminisces. It includes a retrospective fashion display, mementos, and ...[read more]


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