Cape Cod Five awards mini grants to Island teachers


A Unicom system bridging multilingual families and the school community, a third grade STEM program, and a CPR and First Aid class were among the Martha’s Vineyard winners at Cape Cod Five’s 17th annual Educational Mini-Grants Awards and Reception at Cape Cod Community College on Feb. 17.

According to a press release, during the event, 86 total grants were presented by the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank’s Charitable Foundation Trust, including five to teachers at Martha’s Vineyard schools.

Since the Educational Mini-Grants program’s inception in 2000, 993 grants totaling nearly $375,000 have been awarded.

The awards distribution was presided over by the chairman of the foundation’s Youth and Education Advisory Committee, Elizabeth Grady.

All kindergarten through 12th grade public educators from the communities served by Cape Cod Five were invited, and more than 140 people attended. Awardwinning teachers from both 2016 and 2015 made presentations, sharing key elements of their projects.

Public school teachers from all grade levels on Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, and Southeastern Massachusetts coastal communities served by the bank may submit their applications for Mini-Grants in the fall. Teachers use the grants to offer unique educational programs that would otherwise not be available to their students.

This year’s Martha’s Vineyard winners were:

Leah Palmer, Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School, Interpretation Made Easy: Unicom System bridging multilingual families and the school community

Serpa Lauren, West Tisbury School, Third Grade STEM

Karl Nelson, West Tisbury School, Animals for Dissection

Dyan Demers, West Tisbury School, Bird Watching

Kristine Cammorata, West Tisbury School, CPR and First Aid