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best efforts, our locals don’t always
take advantage of the financial
assistance we offer them.”
Those who receive the grants
find them invaluable.
“Thank you, thank you,
thank you! Because of the
MTA’s kindness, I was able to
purchase two complete toolkits
and belts for students,” said Sue
Gierej, a teacher at Cape Cod
Regional Technical High School
and longtime participant in the
Educators use the money
in many different ways. In the
2012-13 school year, grant money
was awarded to reimburse MTA
local associations that purchased
everything from work boots to
winter coats and toiletries for
students. The Mass Child does not
reimburse for food or for gift cards.
To participate in the program,
MTA preK- 12 local association
leaders must first purchase items
and/or services for students, then
submit the receipts to the board
of The Massachusetts Child. The
board meets several times during
the school year to review requests
so local associations are not left
carrying a big bill for too long.
For more information, contact
Massachusetts Child President
Christine Mulroney by calling
508.846.4257 or e-mailing
sheets and reimbursement
forms for The Massachusetts
Child grant program are
available on the MTA website at
Continued from Page 8
Grants help educators
meet students’ needs
Wally the Green Monster, who serves as the
goodwill ambassador for the MTA Red Sox
Reading Game and the MTA Red Sox Most
Valuable Educator Program, signed autographs
and helped hand out posters at the WGBH
FunFest on July 13. The family event, which
was co-sponsored by the MTA, featured ice
cream, food, interactive children’s games, face
painting and live performances. A story on the
MTA’s summer reading programs and other
partnerships that promote student achievement
appears on Page 28.
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