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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:

2015
Evolutions Program Essentials, awarded to WHS
 
2015
WeatherBug for Elementary Science, awarded to Carolyn Collins, PK-5 Science Coordinator
 
2015
WEF STEM Expo 2015, awarded to WEF and WPS district
 
2015
The Outdoor Classroom: Integrating Field Studies in the Science Curriculum, awarded to Carolyn Collins, PK-5 Science Coordinator
 
2014
Composting in Schools, awarded to Schofield
 
2012
Bates Sustainable Garden Project, awarded to Deb Toal
2011 and 2012
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
 
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
 

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