The Educational Foundation for Rockport
Providing enrichment programs, field trips, and scholarships to Rockport schools.
2023 Motif #1 Day 5K
Welcome to the annual 5k and 1 mile fun run for the Rockport Public Schools Health and Wellness Programs. The race was born from the desire to get our students and community more involved in health and wellness activities. This is our second year partnering with the Educational Foundation for Rockport (EFR). The money raised from this year’s race will go directly to the EFR to be used to support our health and wellness programs at the Rockport Public Schools. Our goal is to inspire a lifetime fitness and wellness way of being by providing programming that supports wellness. This past year we sponsored a family online health cooking class with Becca Gutstadt and purchased wellness kits for all students at the elementary school to support fitness at home.We have also funded a choose your passion unit. Students were able to choose a wellness modality and work in small groups with a teacher or coach who shared that same passion. We had students hiking, mountain biking, playing tennis, orienteering, cooking healthy food and much more. This program was a huge success and we look forward to growing it. In the past we have purchased 35 pairs of snowshoes for our physical education classes as well as funded guest speakers, yoga instructors for the district, acro yoga classes, juggling club equipment, support for our elementary school run club program, water fountains and water filtration systems, composting system and program run by 5th grade leaders, jump rope for health program and much more.
What We Do
The EFR, through the generosity of the people and businesses of Cape Ann, provides enrichment programs, field trips, scholarships and support to our schools that otherwise would not be possible. We help to supplement tight town budgets to ensure that all students receive an enhanced educational experience. Our many fundraising efforts provide programs to enrich our children’s education. We thank all our contributors for their continued support.
Why We Do It
The primary mission of the Foundation is to manage funds in support of all fields of study in the Rockport schools, including science, technology, arts and the humanities. We solicit and accept donations from individuals, corporations and foundations whether in cash or in kind. Your gift supports innovative, pilot projects that the school has deemed important to supplement the current curriculum and the Foundation’s general endowment for future endeavors.
Robotics and Coding
Rockport Elementary School students use hands-on games and computer programs to learn basic coding and explore physics concepts. The robotics and coding initiative is part of the school’s efforts to advance science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programming for K–5 students.
Salt Marsh Science Project
Students participate in a scientific study of the Saratoga Creek Salt Marsh. They observe, measure, and collect data about the invasive plant species fragmities at three different locations in the marsh, in conjunction with Mass Audubon’s Salt Marsh Science Project.
DECA is the high school’s business and entrepreneurship group that competes in academic competitions at the district, state, and international level. Students learn time management, leadership, and interview skills and prepare professional business reports.
Thank you to the Educational Foundation of Rockport for purchasing these fantastic coding and robotics equipment. The students love them! —Larissa DeBenedette, RES Technology Specialist
The Educational Foundation of Rockport is an absolutely essential partner in our endeavor to broaden and enrich the educational experiences for all the children that attend the Rockport Public Schools. Over the years the foundation has been in existence they have provided thousands of dollars to fund an extensive variety of innovative and cutting edge programs that our school system would otherwise be unable to offer. We owe a huge debt of gratitude to this fine organization! —Rob Liebow, Superintendent of Rockport Schools