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 - 2015/2016 School Year

Dates to Remember:
  • October 8th: Fall Grant Deadline
  • October TBD: Annual Fall Fling  
Spring Grant Awards:

Foundation 51 has awarded $6670 in grants for the Spring 2016 cycle. We are pleased to announce the following grants:

  • Documentary screening of Screenagers - entire community           $650
  • Makerspace - Mabel I. Wilson School                                                 $420
  • Etude Anthology - GHS and GMS Bands                                        $2,600
  • Robotics Club - Greely High School                                                $2,000
  • Parent University educational presentation - entire community   $1,000
Spring Fundraiser, another success!

Foundation 51 held its annual Community Adult Spelling Bee on March 10th. Teams of community members, parents, and teachers assembled to try their hands at spelling words such as “corollary,” “evanescent,” “camaraderie,” and many more. As the number of teams was whittled down, the words became more challenging. With this year’s new “By Back In” pass, teams were able to donate a small fee and remain in the competition after misspelling a word, which kept the Bee all abuzz! 

When the final word was called and judged, a winner was crowned. The team consisting of Jen Tyll, Michelle Zimmerman, and Kevin O’Sullivan, reigned champion of the Bee! 

Thank you to all who attended and supported Foundation 51 at this event. We hope to see you all again next spring! 

We are grateful for our generous sponsors, donors, and attendees who made this special night such a success. The funds raised at this event allow us to continue our mission to enrich the educational experience of students in our community.  



Grant Spotlights

  • Parent University
    Parent University brings parents together in our community to learn from experts and each other about key topics relevant to raising and educating kids in today’s world. The Greely PTO (Parent/Teacher Organization) has run a similar parent educational lecture series in the past. This fall, both the PTO and Foundation 51 had an interest in planning a parent lecture series, thus the collaboration was formed. Foundation 51 awarded a grant to support Parent University during the Fall grant cycle.

    Parent University has been a successful partnership among PTO, Foundation 51, and school administrators. Each informational session has provided a forum that has attracted, not only parents, but teachers, administrators, and other members of the community to come together and learn about topics to help students succeed in and out of the classroom. These lectures have been thoughtful in connecting parents with local community experts and resources.

    There was remarkable community participation in the inaugural year. A total of six sessions were held. “It was truly a collaborative effort. Sessions attracted anywhere from 15-65 attendees and we were delighted that hundreds of parents in our community were able to benefit from the program. Parents were relieved to learn that they have similar concerns and anxieties as other parents and that together we can find solutions and share useful ideas. We are excited as we plan for another year of valuable discussions within our community,” says Laura Singer, Greely PTO Board Member.

    Some of the sessions held this year were: Prevention of Teenage Substance Use & Abuse, An Intro to Digital Citizenship, Raising Healthy Eaters, Building True Strength, Parenting Anxious Kids, and Hardy Girls Healthy Women. Feedback from the community surveys and post event feedback forms are utilized to gather information on what topics are of interest and used for planning future educational sessions.

    Stay tuned for more FREE and informative sessions this fall! Foundation 51 has helped support this program for the 2016-2017 school year in our Spring grant cycle. 

    Check out the Spring Newsletter.

    Posted 7 Jun 2016, 16:31 by Webmaster Foundation51
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