Tower Foundation awards grants to Island school system


The Martha’s Vineyard Public Schools recently received two grants from The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation. One for $5,000 went to the superintendent of schools James Weiss’ discretionary fund, which he has used in the past for professional development purposes.

A second grant for $3,500 was awarded to an after school substance abuse group at Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School. Adjustment counselor Amy Lilavois coordinates the group, which assists teens with socialization and peer interaction issues, along with drug and alcohol problems.

The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation, formed in 1990, focuses on community grants in areas where its trustees reside, and on primary education, better methods to accommodate learning disabilities, and improving the lives of those affected by mental illness, substance abuse and developmental disabilities, according to its website.