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Ruth S. Walter Environmental Education Fund*

RuthSWalterFund logo-updated3Through the generosity of the family and friends of Ruth S. Walter, a fund for environmental education was established in 1997.  Under the management of WEF and at the direction of Matt King, Ruth’s son-in-law and former superintendent of Wellesley Public Schools, the Ruth S. Walter Environmental Education Fund invested close to $69,000 in 23 innovative grants between 1998 and 2015.  These grants were awarded to educators across the district and funded activities that promoted awareness of the outdoors and the environment among educators and their students.  Many grants directly involved students in these activities while others focused exclusively on professional and personal enrichment for teachers.

Ruth Walter was a long-time Wellesley resident, serving as a Town Meeting Member for 25 years and member of the Wellesley School Committee from 1967 through 1973.  Her 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.

Together with Wellesley Public Schools and the many recipients of Ruth Walter grants, WEF celebrated the Fund on May 11, 2016, as part of the Evolutions Spring Expo at Wellesley High School

The Ruth S. Walter Fund supported many unique and enriching programs since its inception.  Please click here for the complete listing of grants awarded, several of which are listed below:

Evolutions Program Essentials, awarded to WHS
WeatherBug for Elementary Science, awarded to Carolyn Collins, PK-5 Science Coordinator
WEF STEM Expo 2015, awarded to WEF and WPS district
The Outdoor Classroom: Integrating Field Studies in the Science Curriculum, awarded to Carolyn Collins, PK-5 Science Coordinator
Composting in Schools, awarded to Schofield
Bates Sustainable Garden Project, awarded to Deb Toal
2011 and 2012
Sprague School Community Garden, awarded to Margaret Flitsch
Wellesley Middle School Community Garden, awarded to the WMS Green Team and advisors Stanley Bogage and Jonathan Rabinowitz
Greening the Wellesley Middle School Cafeteria, awarded to Jonathan Rabinowitz
Nature Walk Professional Development for Parent Volunteers, awarded to Jany Finkielsztein
Core Science Curriculum Enrichment Unit, awarded to McFarlane, et al at Hunnewell
Seeds for Learning; awarded to Kathy Reilly for Inclusion Support at Sprague School
Interdisciplinary unit on Water, Plants, Soil, Living Organisms for High School Child Lab; awarded to Kelly Heid, Marsha Doiron, Erica Vina
Whale Camp for second grade sea life curriculum; awarded to Sarah Cleary
Teacher travel to Georgia Sea Islands; awarded to Deborah Ward
Teacher visit to Ghana to enhance first and fifth grade Social Studies curriculum; awarded to Julie Kenerson
"A Study in Peace and Harmony: Designing a Japanese Garden"; awarded to Hunnewell School

*Please note that WEF is no longer accepting applications for the Ruth S. Walter Environmental Education Fund as it is now closed.