Try Being Nice – Opening Reception by Mo Willems on 3/8 in support of NEF


Try Being Nice

Illustrated Reflections & Protest Signs from 2018

March 2019

Mo Willems NEFMo Willems and his studio assistant

Occasionally during the roller coaster that was 2018, Mo Willems pulled out his pen and markers as a way to absorb, reflect, and share his thoughts on the events of the day. Try Being Nice collects many of these drawings along with a few signs created for various protests Mo attended throughout the year.(

All of Mo’s proceeds for this show will be donated to The Northampton Education Foundation to help supplement programs and activities for the community’s public-school students.

Please join R. Michelson galleries for the Opening Reception of Try Being Nice on Friday, March 8th from 6-8 pm (in conjunction with Northampton’s Arts Night Out).

Mo Willems will not be signing books at this event.

R. Michelson Galleries, 132 Main Street, Northampton, MA

Nonprofit of the month at Broadside Books


NEF is excited to be Nonprofit of the Month at Broadside Books from Feb. 10 through March 16!
 
Please come by Broadside to see our window display, learn more about/support NEF, and visit a wonderful independent bookstore!
 
While NEF is Nonprofit of the Month at Broadside:  
  • You can choose to donate all or part of your $10 credit from a full stamp Broadside card to NEF. 
  • You can purchase one of the store’s donation books, and the proceeds will go to NEF.
  • You can donate cash through a donation jar on the store counter.

Small Grants Deadline for Spring 2018


The deadline to apply for a Small Grant is Tuesday October 16th 2018.

View the Small Grant Application here.

The Northampton Education Foundation awards grants twice a year to encourage the development of creative and innovative teaching and learning initiatives for the Northampton Public Schools consistent with the district’s goals. Through the grant program, we support the preparation of new instructional materials, methods, and innovative teaching programs that are introduced into a classroom. We also fund extracurricular initiatives that are intended to enhance student learning. Since the grant program was initiated in 1991, dozens of projects have received funding. These projects have been proposed by teachers and administrators, often in collaboration with parents, community members, and local organizations. For summaries of projects undertaken since June, 2000, see NEF-Funded Projects.

We’re all abuzz about the Bee – and the Endowment!


NEF Spelling Bee

It was wonderful to see so many of you last night at NEF’s 18th annual Adult Spelling Bee.  What a night – hundreds of people of all ages, thirty-eight creative teams of spellers, a range of challenging words from booboisie to vivisepulture – all to raise important funds so that NEF can say YES to more teachers.
What made last night even more exciting?  It was also the public launch of our campaign to raise $1 million for the NEF Endowment.  Thanks to the generosity of many lead donors, we are already halfway there!

And with the support of our incredible community, we know we will reach our goal: to provide guaranteed, multi-year grants at all Northampton public schools, forever.

We are so excited about the innovation and collaboration the Endowment can provide for our teachers and students – a resource that will be there for them, regardless of the economic or political situation, for all the years to come.

Please visit our website for more information:  northamptoneducation.org
Or visit us on Facebook at facebook.com/northamptoneducationfoundation/
And stay tuned for more exciting updates!


Mark your calendars for a vibrant Spring at NEF!
April 4, 6:30 pm:         Rachel Simmons event at Northampton High School to benefit NEF
April 16:                         NEF Small Grants to Teachers deadline
May 1:                            Valley Gives Day
May 12:                          SOS Plant Sale
May 23:                         Citywide NEF/PTO biannual meeting
June 8:                          NEF Showcase

For more information about any of these events, please visit

“Enough As She Is” Event with Rachel Simmons in Northampton


Best-selling author and girl expert Rachel Simmons will share strategies to help girls move beyond impossible standards of success to live healthy, happy, and fulfilling lives. Join us for a talk followed by a Q&A and book signing.

Hosted by the Northampton Education Foundation.

Located at Northampton High School:
Address: 30 Elm Street Northampton, MA 01060

Books will be available from Odyssey Bookshop and will be signed at the event.

All donations are tax-deductible and benefit the Northampton Education Foundation.

If you wish to bring a girl to this event, Rachel recommends 7th-12th graders.