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Since 1991 the Andover Fund for Education (AFE) has proudly promoted educational excellence in the Andover Public Schools by supporting teacher innovation in the classroom, recognizing outstanding student achievement, and encouraging community involvement in public education. Through our direct-to-teacher grants, we have encouraged instructional creativity and far-reaching vision.  Our Fred Fitzgerald Award and Barbara G. Neal Spirit Award have recognized strength of character and spirit, intellectual curiosity, and scholastic achievement among Andover High School students. Outreach initiatives such as the Annual Community Spelling Bee, now a local tradition with a loyal following, have expanded Andover’s engagement with its school system.

 In the years since AFE’s founding, however, the delivery of education as well as the demands on our teachers and public schools have changed radically. This new educational landscape requires evolution on our part, too, if we are to continue to fulfill our mission of supporting innovation in the public schools. After much reflection, the AFE Board has determined that we can best serve the current needs of Andover students and teachers by reallocating our energies and our assets. We are therefore suspending our programs, dissolving our corporation, and conveying our assets directly to each of our ten schools, who will have them as a resource to continue the tradition of classroom innovation.

We thank our loyal supporters and generous donors, past and present, as well as the many teachers, principals, administrators, town officials, community volunteers, and families who ensured the success of our Spelling Bee. Most of all, we thank those dedicated and creative public school teachers who, year after year, invest their time and energy to make the classroom experience an exciting one. We have been honored to actively promote educational excellence in Andover over the past twenty-three years.

Grantees seeking reimbursement for completed projects should mail their paperwork to Andover Fund for Education, 36 Bartlet Street, Andover, MA 01810. Questions about grants and other AFE programs may be e-mailed to andoverfund4education@gmail.com.

An Overview of Our Past Programs

Founded in 1991, the Andover Fund for Education (AFE) promoted educational excellence in the public schools of Andover, Massachusetts by supporting teacher innovation in the classroom, recognizing outstanding student achievement, and encouraging community involvement in public education. AFE acknowledged and addressed the ongoing challenge of achieving excellence in our schools in an era of limited financial resources. Through our direct-to-teacher mini-grants, we encouraged instructional innovation and far-reaching vision. Our student awards and scholarships recognized students at Andover High School who have demonstrated strength of character and spirit, intellectual curiosity, and scholastic achievement. Through outreach initiatives such as our Annual Community Spelling Bee, a local tradition with a loyal following, we expanded Andover’s engagement with its school system.  

AFE was an independent, 501(c) (3) not-for-profit organization.

Grants to Innovative Educators

Twice a year, AFE awarded innovation mini-grants to local educators for new and creative projects designed to reinforce and supplement the core curriculum of the Andover Public Schools. Through its direct-to-teacher grants, AFE encouraged instructional innovation that enriched the curriculum, inspired students and staff, and expanded the community’s involvement in public education.

For more information about our past grants, please click here.

Student Awards and Scholarships

AFE’s annual Fred Fitzgerald Award was given to an Andover High School senior whose behavior exemplifies honor and principle, whose mind is characterized by intellectual curiosity and excellence in scholarship, and whose conduct is respectful of our world.

AFE’s annual Barbara Neal Spirit Award was given to an Andover High School junior who exhibits an unfailingly positive attitude and who is hard-working, respectful, selfless, and accountable.  

Community Outreach Initiatives  

In addition to administering its grants program, AFE worked to deepen the Andover community’s connection with the public schools through a variety of outreach initiatives. The Annual Community Spelling Bee  had become a beloved local tradition and drew a large and enthusiastic crowd. The adult spelling bee brought together students, parents, teachers, administrators, local government officials, and a variety of community organizations for an evening of entertainment and friendly competition. AFE’s Honor a Teacher initiative allowed residents to thank an outstanding Andover Public School educator by making a personalized contribution to AFE in that teacher’s honor. The teacher received a congratulatory message from AFE indicating the name of the contributor and sharing a personal message. All proceeds from the Bee and the Honor a Teacher program were used to fund future AFE grants. 

Endowment Fund 

In order to sustain and expand its efforts on behalf of the public schools, AFE worked to grow its endowment fund by inviting contributions from individuals, organizations, and corporations.