Through the generosity of the family and friends of Ruth S. Walter, a fund for environmental education was established in 1998. This program awards grants to educators for innovative projects and teacher travel that focus on environmental education.
Ruth Walter was a Wellesley resident and member of the Wellesley School Committee from 1967 through 1973, and served as a Town Meeting Member for 25 years. Ruth's love of family, Wellesley and the outdoors was expressed in many ways including, birding, gardening, and advocacy for the environment. The Ruth S. Walter Environmental Education Fund was established to celebrate and honor Ruth's life, her love of nature, her concern for the environment and her devotion to the public schools.
The application process is similar to general requests for WEF grant funding, however environmental grants are only reviewed during the spring cycle.
Interested applicants should complete a Grant Application and submit it to WEF by the spring deadline, March 3, 2013. If you would like additional information, you may contact the WEF Grant Chair, Shannah Frambes at email@example.com.
The Ruth S. Walter Grant has funded many unique and enriching programs since its inception:
|2011||Sprague School Community Garden, awarded to Margaret Flitsch|
|2011||Wellesley Middle School Community Garden, awarded to the WMS Green Team and advisors Stanley Bogage and Jonathan Rabinowitz|
|2009||Greening the Wellesley Middle School Cafeteria, awarded to Jonathan Rabinowitz (more details here)|
|2008||Nature Walk Professional Development for Parent Volunteers, awarded to Jany Finkielsztein|
|2007||Core Science Curriculum Enrichment Unit, awarded to McFarlane, et al at Hunnewell|
|2005||Seeds for Learning; awarded to Kathy Reilly for Inclusion Support at Sprague School|
|2003||Interdisciplinary unit on Water, Plants, Soil, Living Organisms for High School Child Lab; awarded to Kelly Heid, Marsha Doiron, Erica Vina|
|2002||Whale Camp for second grade sea life curriculum; awarded to Sarah Cleary|
|2001||Teacher travel to Georgia Sea Islands; awarded to Deborah Ward|
|2000||Teacher visit to Ghana to enhance first and fifth grade Social Studies curriculum; awarded to Julie Kenerson|
|1998||"A Study in Peace and Harmony: Designing a Japanese Garden"; awarded to Hunnewell School|