GEF Spring Fling – Celebrating Education

Recently, I had the privilege to celebrate education with many of our educators , parents and community members who gathered at the Peirce Farm at Witch Hill in Topsfield for the Georgetown Education Foundation’s  Spring Fling annual fundraiser.  Each year the GEF awards mini grants for projects that support innovative teaching methods  in science, technology and the arts. I was very excited that this year they were able to fund ALL nine grants that were submitted for a total of more than $15,000! Two of our teachers , Terri Brooks and Liz Marchetti , received Golden Apple Awards and ,since nominations came from their colleagues, it was only fitting that the people who nominated them had the chance to speak about each of the winners. Thanks to Patty Slack and Julie Homans (Terri Brooks) and Amanda Girard (Liz Marchetti) for your kind and touching remarks about your friends and colleagues. Your words touched my heart and those in the room had no doubt that these two woman are very deserving of this award!

Selectman Joe Bonivita presented the Partner  in Education  Award to Jeff Boragine from Jeff and Maria’s Homemade Ice Cream because of his commitment to the community and the schools,  especially the young people. Jeff accepted the award along with this sister-in-law Emma on behalf of himself and his late wife Maria who passed away suddenly and expectantly earlier this winter. Many people ,including me , had tears in their eyes as Jeff was filled with emotion and gratitude as he accepted his award and the GEF definitely got it right in selecting Jeff.  He epitomizes community, commitment and selflessness and I am sure Maria was smiling down happily as he accepted the award for both of them.  The venue was beautiful , food was delicious , the atmosphere was celebratory and the company was amazing! Congratulations GEF for putting on another wonderful Spring Fling and  THANK YOU from the bottom of my hearts for recognizing and celebrating our educators!