History

The Reading Education Foundation (REF), formerly the Reading Technology & Education Foundation, was founded in 2001 in response to a glaring lack of technology in the Reading public schools.  During its first decade REF granted over $300,000 to the schools in the form of smart boards, laptops, teacher training, etc.  Thanks to the generosity of this community, REF technology grants have supported every public school in Reading and reached every child in the district.

REF Today
In 2011, REF expanded its mission in response to the economic crisis that is having a detrimental impact on public schools. The board determined that widening the mission was vital for supporting excellence in our schools. REF is committed to providing grants for innovative programs and teacher training that help our students develop skills in creativity, collaboration, communication, and empathy, so important for success in our world today. “We intend to fulfill the research and development role within the Reading school district,” explains Debbie Boschetti, co-founder of the Foundation. “We will make every effort to fund cutting-edge programs and teacher training for Reading schools to ensure 21stcentury success for our students.”

Have a program idea?
We are inviting proposals that will demonstrate innovation, collaboration and a broad impact upon the school district as a whole.

Click here to learn more about our Grant Process.

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Reading Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private, nonprofit organization.