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GFFE Congratulates Cheryl Monaco for her Approved Makerspace Grant!

GFFE is ecstatic to announce our largest grant in GFFE history: the Makerspace grant. This grant, proposed by Cheryl Monaco on behalf of all four Guilford Elementary Schools, will provide young students the materials and space to bridge their curriculum learning with a hands-on, creative approach. The four Makerspaces will enable students from Cox, Jones, Lakes, and Leete Schools to expand and enhance their math and science lessons while developing life skills such as:

  • Creativity

  • Communication

  • Collaboration

  • Critical thinking

  • Problem-solving

  • Perseverance

  • Reflection

  • Resilience

Coming in at a whopping $80,000, this grant will reach all elementary school students in Guilford; a feat no previous grant has accomplished.

What is a Makerspace? It is a space where children can build, create, and produce ideas and projects kinesthetically and creatively. Not only does this initiative help the student’s academic skills grow, but makes learning fun.

A huge thank you and congratulations to Calvin Leete School's Library Media Specialist, Cheryl Monaco, for working so enthusiastically on this grant and for her collaboration with various departments in Guilford Public Schools, including Dr. Crystal and Dr. Freeman, Cliff Gurnham, and our four Elementary School Principals and Library Media Specialists. The GFFE is honored to have played a role in this extraordinary concept and are looking forward to seeing the huge grins on the children's faces next school year.

Guilford Fund For Education (GFFE) is an all-volunteer non-profit organization that gives Guilford educators and students an avenue to explore, experiment, and bring fresh ideas for educational experiences by funding proposals that fall outside of an organization’s budget.

If you would like to make a donation, volunteer, or know a teacher who would like to submit a proposal, visit

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