WHO WE ARE
Westfield Education Fund (WEF) is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt foundation run by a Board of Directors comprised of Westfield parent volunteers. We were established in 1991 by community members, in partnership with the school district and Board of Education, and have been striving to make meaningful impact for our children and educators ever since.
Why We’re Here
WEF supports innovative projects that strengthen and enrich students’ academic experience but fall beyond the school district budget. Most of the district’s budget is allocated to critical ‘fixed’ costs such as salaries, transportation, supplies and maintenance. Discretionary spending is limited and little remains to support innovation. Westfield Education Fund fills this critical gap.
We aim to be a driver for innovation in the Westfield Public Schools. In our view, innovation is a mindset that embraces creativity, problem solving, taking risks, learning from your mistakes, and continuous improvement. Being innovative in education isn't just about trying out the latest instructional technology or teaching tool. It’s about finding new ways to engage, inspire, and empower students through meaningful, relevant learning.
what we do
Westfield Education Fund has invested over $400,000 in grants to our schools, reaching every school in the district and every area of the curriculum. We fund proposals from teachers, school administrators, and central office staff and have supported projects ranging from Chromebooks and iPads to literacy materials and circuit boards. (See more about the projects we have funded.) Last year, we funded upgrades to the design and engineering classrooms at Edison and Roosevelt Intermediate Schools. These improvements will create a more flexible, modern environment to enable student centered, project based learning in STEM.
During 2019-2020, WEF will continue to partner with the district to identify and address needs related to creating best-in-class learning environments. We select high-impact projects that promote deeper learning and 21st century instructional approaches for students across the district.
Please view our Back To School letter here.