April 2017


Upcoming Events:

SUNDAY – MAY 21ST– Duxbury Oyster Festival tickets are on sale now and moving fast! Enjoy all you can eat oysters generously donated by Duxbury’s Oyster Farmers and live music from the Elovators and DSU Coffee House Musicians. Come support your local schools and kids with proceeds generously donated by the Winsor House benefiting DEF and DSU. You won't want to miss this popular annual event which is sure to sell out! Visit www.winsorhouseinn.com today for information and tickets.

TUESDAY – JULY 4TH – Mark your calendars for the 39TH Annual DEF July Fourth Road Race 5k and Kid’s Fun Run! This race is a family friendly 5k – walk, run, bring a stroller – it’s fun for the whole family.  LIMITED BIBS AVAILABLE. This year the 5K race will be capped at 1000 runners and we expect this race to fill up fast (more than 900 runners registered in 2016). Register now at www.duxburyeducationfoundation.org and like us on Facebook to find out everything you need to know about this race and DEF.  

Thank you to all who participated in the DEF Presents Improv Asylum event on April 8th. We had a successful turn out and are so grateful to all of our VIP ticketholders and general attendees, the Dine-and-Dash attendees and host The Winsor House Inn, the Duxbury Middle School steel drum band, volunteers, the PAC crew and especially to Norm and Kelly Laviolette and their amazing, talented Improv cast!

Grant Highlight:

It’s DEF grant season!  DEF funds two kinds of grants:  professional development opportunities and educational projects which support innovative educational programs that benefit the students, teachers, and staff of the Duxbury Public School system.  Applicants can be anyone from the Duxbury Public School system (teachers, students and admin) or representatives from non-profit organizations in our community.

New this year: DEF is proud to bring back the W. Channing Howe Grant.  Channing Howe was long-time Duxbury resident who was dedicated to improving education in town.  He not only served on the Duxbury Public School's long-term planning committee, but he also served two terms as a DEF trustee (1991-1997) and was President from 1993-1994.  The W. Channing Howe Grant was originally established in 1998 to fund programs that "support the quest for excellence in education."  Channing was particularly passionate about bringing visiting scholars to town, so this year we are honored to present the W. Channing Howe Grant to Rose Ruback (DHS, US History) who will use the money to bring a visiting theatre company, Theatre Espresso, to DHS and present the drama "Secret Soldiers: Women Who Fought in the Civil War" to her US History I students.  

The DEF Board of Trustees have been working tirelessly collecting and reviewing all grant proposals and finalizing fund approvals for approximately $80,000 in grant requests. Grant monies will be released in early May and should be spent within one year.  Please stay tuned for final details regarding funded grants for the 2017-18 year.

The Duxbury Education Foundation (“DEF”) is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1989 to raise funds for educational, scientific and charitable purposes to be used for programs benefitting the students, teachers and staff of the Duxbury public school system.