Our Mission

Foundation 51 is a volunteer, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide independent funding to promote innovative student development in MSAD51.  
By supporting the inventive use of existing and emerging teaching methods, Foundation 51 seeks to enrich the educational experience with programs that inspire creativity and passion, and encourage social responsibility.
Announcements - 2017/2018 School Year

Foundation 51 Fall Fling! 
Friday, October 13, 2017

Join your friends and other community members for a fun night out, right here in town! This event is the Foundation's largest fundraising event and is open to all adults---parents, community members, friends, and teachers. Last year this event sold out; get your tickets today! Food from Fire & Co., cash bar, eclectic silent auction, music, and dancing.

Can’t attend but still want to support Foundation 51? Buy a ticket for your child’s favorite teacher or MSAD51 staff member.

Other Dates To Remember
  • October 20, 2017 – Fall Grant Application Deadline
  • TBD, March 2018 - Spelling and Trivia Bee
  • TBD, April 2018 - Spring Grant Application Deadline
Spring Grants Awarded
Foundation 51 is pleased to announce that 11 grants have been awarded for the Spring 2017 grant cycle. These grants total just over $8,000 and will benefit students in all three of our schools.  
  • BREAKOUT (MIW) – Funding from this grant will go towards the purchase of 2 Breakout kits. (Similar to the “Escape Room,”) Students will work on teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving.
  • Breakout in Modern Language (GMS & GHS) – Purchase materials to set up a Breakout Boxes to use in Modern Language classrooms. These boxes will be used to implement "Breakout" experiences in the target languages in which the students will have to work together to solve a series of problems using the clues given.
  • Enhancing Edison Robots (GMS) – Lego set enhancement to the Edison Robotics Kits.
  • Family Math Night (MIW) – Seminar and “Math Night Kit” for community session.
  • Green Screens & Microphones (GMS) – The purchase of green screens and microphones to provide additional "studio space" for students to make projects.
  • GMS Robotics Team (GMS) – Robotics kit for the middle school.
  • Promoting Social Connections Through Cooperative Games (MIW) – Purchase of cooperative board games for BASE room students to help them connect with regular education peers without the anxiety of winning or losing the game alone.
  • Hardy Girls Healthy Women Workshop (GMS) – This 4 class workshop for 7th grade students will dovetail with the Boys to Men workshop.
  • HS Math Breakout (GHS) – The purchase of breakout game kits for high school math students.
  • Maine Author Encourages Young Writers (GMS) – A visit from Jennifer Jacobson in conjunction with her reading of novel, Paper Things.
  • Math Proficiency Through Consumer Math Curriculum (GHS) – Math program to teach basic math skills through new curriculum.

Fall Fundraiser, Another Success!
Foundation 51 kicked off its second annual Fall Fling celebration and fundraiser on Friday, October 14 with delightful music by Darlin’ Corey and local band Captain Bangaroo, an extensive silent auction, and a sold out attendance. Community members, parents, teachers and administration, all came together to support the common goal of promoting academic excellence in MSAD 51. Peter and Christine Hein generously offered their barn and backyard for the event for a second year.
The night was chilly and party-goers were bundled up enjoying the music, warm barn, many fire pits, and wood-fired cuisine by Fire & Co. Attendees commented that they were thrilled to gather locally to support the Foundation and the various creative and original programs we fund through grants each year. They enjoyed bidding on the silent auction in an attempt to win one of the 100 eclectic auction items. The silent auction raised just over $14,000. These funds will directly support grants in the upcoming grant cycles. The second annual Fall Fling was nothing short of a sold out success! Our goal is to grow every year so we can give more every year.

Grant Spotlight

  • High School Robotics Club
    The Greely High School Robotics Club gives students a chance to apply lessons they’ve learned from a broad array 
    of classes (e.g. general science, computer science, physics) in a practical situation. Andrew Baca, a former science teacher and current member of the science staff at Greely High School has prior exposure to robotics competitions and applied for a grant in the 2016 spring grant cycle. Foundation 51 was proud to award a grant substantial enough to fund the Robotics Club this fall.  The Club already has 14 students participating - enough to sponsor three teams working on one robot each. Club members meet twice a week at the high school.  The Robotics Club’s main activity is to design and build robots to bring to local competitions. Baca makes sure that the students have the materials, direction, and support to build and compete.

    In addition to fostering interest in physics, computer science, and programming, the Club promotes teamwork and communication skills. Eacindividual contributes some range of leadership, project management, mechanical awareness, technological savvy, and, of course, problem solving skills to his or her team. The Club provides an opportunity to bring students together to explore and to practice these vital skills regularly.  Baca anticipates that participation will continue to grow over the next few years. As the Club grows, he hopes to extend not only the number of teams composed of high school students but also to expand the Club to include middle school students as well.

    Foundation 51 is pleased to have been able to help enrich the intellectual and personal growth of a number of students at Greely High School outside the classroom with this fun and innovative project. We thank Andrew for his leadership and commitment.

    Posted 27 Dec 2016, 17:54 by Webmaster Foundation51
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