Gloucester Public School District Parent Jan Fernandes and son Jack (who has just completed the GEF-sponsored Summer Engineering Adventure at M.I.T.) sit down with Joey Ciaramitaro of Good Morning Gloucester to discuss all the good GEF does and the upcoming Cruise for Schools.

Jen & Jack Fernandes video

Join GEF and friends on the Cruise for Schools Sunday, July 27. Details below. Tickets here.


Cruise for Schools

Join friends of GEF aboard the beautiful Beauport Princess on July 27, 2014 from 5-8 p.m. for a very special evening. Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased online. Proceeds support innovative and enriching programming in the Gloucester Public Schools. We hope to see you there.

GEF is grateful to the following for their sponsorship of the Cruise for Schools.

John and Mollie Byrnes
Joe and Maggie Rosa
Applied Materials
Beauport Financial Services
Bomco, Inc.
Kevin and Kathy Clancy
Douglass Design & Construction, Inc.
First Ipswich Bank
Cape Ann Insurance Agency
Carolle Steele Insurance Agency
Jalapeños Mexican Restaurant
Jerry Enos Painting
Philpott Doyle & Co. P.C.

2014 Annual Report back image Read the our 2014 Annual Report “On a mission… to learn how GEF and its donors have filled the schools’ backpack with teaching tools, classroom equipment and educational experiences.


Gloucester U is an after-school program based at GHS for 9th and 10th graders. It is funded through the Federal 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant program. (See post below.) To learn more, click here to download the brochure.


March 2014 News

Happy Spring! We are all looking forward to the coming good spring weather. While we wait, check out the March 2014 GEF newsletter for a look at the last few months of GEF activities.  In it you’ll find:

  • A FY14 Year-End Appeal
  • 3rd Graders Welcome Visiting Dance Artist Sarah Slifer Swift
  • New Light & Sound Equipment Installed at O’Maley
  • The 21st Century Extended Day Program is Underway and Growing

Read it by clicking here.

Sarah Slifer Swift puts new swing in students' steps.

Sarah Slifer Swift puts new swing in students’ steps.

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Our January 2014 email newsletter includes features on:

  • Artistic Bridges
  • GEF Leadership News
  • ShopBot at GHS
  • Foundation Benchmarking

Click here to read it.

GHS woodworking students program a design on the GEF funded ShopBot.
(Photo by Jason Grow.)

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but if your plans include a purchase from
online retailer amazon please smile for GEF. is just like only better because GEF will receive a donation of .5% of each purchase directly from Amazon if you complete your purchase by first going to and choosing Gloucester Education Foundation as your preferred charity. It’s easy!

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New out-of-school program will build college & career readiness

GEF collaborated with the Gloucester Public School District over the past year on a submission to the state’s 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) program. We were therefore delighted when recently notified that our efforts were successful. Gloucester is one of only nine submitters awarded funding through this new program. The district will receive $145,000 in the first year to establish a program at Gloucester High School. Funding is likely to be renewed for two additional years.

CCLC is a federal grant program administered by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.  Its purpose is to establish or expand community learning centers that operate during out-of-school hours and provide students with academic enrichment and other activities designed to complement the students’ school day learning.  The program includes a strong college and career readiness focus and includes a service-learning component, where students will engage in community service, and encourages involvement of parents and families.

The Gloucester program, which will begin late this Fall and Winter, will offer programs in a range of areas four days after school and will include an eight-week summer program offering students an array of skill-building and other enrichment opportunities.  All programs will be offered at no cost to students and families.


Gloucester students go “over the bridge” to MIT

Forty lucky Gloucester students traveled to MIT’s Cambridge campus last month to learn about holography, try their hand at programming s video game, study the ins and outs of ship propulsion, experience the wonders of programming a PhotoBot! (a light-sensitive robot), and take part in other exciting activities.  They were part of GEF’s annual Summer Engineering Adventure, which each year enables students in grades 5 – 7 to roll up their sleeves and learn first-hand what different fields of science and  technology are all about and have the experience of engaging in scientific learning activities alongside MIT researchers and instructors.  The program also gives students, often for the first time, the experience of visiting a touring and learning about a life on a university campus.

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2013 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

This year’s annual report, recently published, features bridges – those built by students, those built by GEF and the A. Piatt Andrew bridge built 60 years ago this year.