VFEE Awards Grants To Schools


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Accepting the VFEE award at Brookdale: (l-r): Susan Gugger, Megan Lavoie, Nicole Stuto (Principal), Luigi Capello (Chairman, VFEE), Lynne Mortimer (VFEE), Vicky Cirigliano, Lauren Till and Melissa Symczak

The Verona Foundation for Educational Excellence (VFEE) has given a monetary award aimed at inspiring minds to each of the six public schools in Verona. In the past, VFEE’s Inspiring Excellence awards were given to specific educators, a tradition that will be re-established in the 2021-22 school year.

The VFEE gifts are $1,000 for each elementary school and $1,500 each for H.W. Whitehorne Middle School and
for Verona High School. The monetary gift is to be used in a manner consistent with the grant requirements of VFEE’s charter, which means it must enhance the educational experience of Verona’s students. Other than those charter guidelines, each school is free to use the funds as they wish.

“The teachers, the administration and the students have inspired us with their innovative, creative, thoughtful, and ‘never been tried before’ approaches to the challenges of this past year,” said Nick Klose, Inspiring Excellence Award co-chair and VFEE board member. “Everyone pulled together to make the best out of a really difficult situation and our children are the better for it. The VFEE Inspiring Excellence Award reflects a job well done and all of our appreciation.” Lynne Mortimer is also an Inspiring Excellence Award co-chair and VFEE board member.

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The mission of VFEE is to inspire Verona’s students and educators with grants that enhance the learning experience and curriculum of the schools.

Photos by Jayme Lin, a VFEE board member and owner of Jayme Elizabeth Photography.

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