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Patriots Show Appreciation For Teachers With A Surprise Visit To Foxborough Elementary School

Community Press Release

Patriots players James White, Rex Burkhead, Stephen Anderson, Keion Crossen and Braxton Berrios visit teachers and students at the Igo Elementary School on Tuesday, May 7, in recognition of Teacher Appreciation Week.

PHOTOS COURTESY OF JEREMIE SMITH / NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

The New England Patriots celebrated National Teacher Appreciation Week with a surprise visit to the Igo Elementary School in Foxborough Tuesday afternoon to thank teachers and staff for their dedication to their profession and the impact they make on the lives of their students. 

Patriots players James White, Rex Burkhead, Keion Crossen, Stephen Anderson and Braxton Berrios roamed the hallways with Igo Principal Mike Stanton, Foxborough Schools Superintendent Dr. Amy Berdos and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Alison Mello; bouncing from class to class to thank more than 60 teachers and staff and visit with students. 

The players presented each staff member with flowers, a personalized certificate of appreciation from the Patriots Foundation and a Patriots Super Bowl LIII Champion hat. 

ABOUT THE NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS FOUNDATION

The New England Patriots Foundation was created by Robert Kraft to support charitable and philanthropic agencies throughout New England. The Foundation’s primary goal is to support programs that aid the youth and families of New England while underscoring the Kraft family’s deep commitment to philanthropic activities in the community. The Foundation actively supports non-profit groups focusing on health, education, youth fitness and community enrichment while also implementing its own programs in those areas of focus. For more information about the New England Patriots Foundation, visit www.patriots.com/community

Foxborough Public Schools Receive $5,250 From Partners In Patriotism Fund To Support Ecg Screenings For Students

Community Press Release

Foxborough had the highest participation rate of students participating in the Boston ECG Project

The Partners in Patriotism Fund awarded Foxborough Public Schools with a grant of $5,250 to provide no cost ECG screenings from the Boston ECG Project to Foxborough High School and Ahern Middle School students.

The program aims to uncover undetected cardiac conditions that may result in sudden cardiac death, or other long-term health issues.

“Foxborough had the highest participation rate in the state to date with 361 students screened,” said Foxborough Schools Assistant Superintendent Dr. Alison Mello. “This grant helps the ECG Project in its goal of screening 10,000 students in the state by subsidizing the cost.”

Through the PIP Fund grant, the schools were able to offer the screenings at no cost to students and fund the use of the equipment and trained nurses to administer the screenings.

Cynthia Glennon, clinical director for the Boston ECG Project, said the nonprofit organization is conducting a large academic clinical data study in Massachusetts with the hope that data will show a need to change state legislation to include ECG screenings as part of student wellness checks in schools.

Dr. Mello said Foxborough schools became aware of the ECG Project after the district’s nurses attended a professional development session last October, which led to a meeting between Mello, Foxborough Schools Superintendent Dr. Amy Berdos and Dr. John B. Cadigan III and his team from the Boston ECG Project.

“They explained their study, shared examples of preventable sudden cardiac death and outlined how their screenings detect issues such as cardiac abnormalities that could become problematic, but also other conditions such as hypertension, that when addressed, can be mitigated,” said Dr. Mello. “It was great to participate in the program and we hope this study leads to major changes in the annual physical process for children.”

ABOUT THE PARTNERS IN PATRIOTISM FUND
The Partners in Patriotism Fund is a registered nonprofit organization established by the Kraft family in 2014. The Fund is dedicated to supporting Foxborough philanthropic and community efforts through monetary donations of up to $100,000 annually. A Grants Committee, comprised of Foxborough residents, is appointed annually to vet grant applications and determine allocation of funds. The Fund assists residents of Foxborough through the support of charitable endeavors, as well as through personal financial assistance. For more information, visit www.GilletteStadium.com/Partners-in-Patriotism.

Foxborough Public Schools Receives $19,000 From Partners In Patriotism Fund To Launch Stem Program At Ahern Middle School

Community Press Release

Foxborough Public Schools has set out to actively cultivate student interest in computer science, engineering and biomedical science through a new program endorsed by MA STEM Hub and funded largely by the Kraft family’s nonprofit Partners in Patriotism Fund.

Through a grant of $19,159, the Ahern Middle School will implement Project Lead The Way (PLTW) to revamp the enrichment and elective offerings available to all seventh and eighth grade students in the 2019-2020 school year.

The goal of the program, according to Foxborough Schools Assistant Superintendent Alison Mello, is to engage students in learning experiences in STEM that are motivating, hands-on, civic-minded, inspire curiosity and develop problem-solving skills.

“Building student interest, capacity and awareness in these STEM fields is a high priority for Foxborough Public Schools as we know that the learning experiences will build critical problem-solving and collaboration skills that will prepare them for a variety of career opportunities available in these fields,” said Mello.

The program also incorporates a civics component into the learning modules, which will help build student awareness of their ability to impact and help others.

Mello said the PIP Fund grant allows the school to implement the following four modules for all seventh and eighth grade students: Medical Detectives, Green Architecture, Computer Science for Innovators and Makers and Design and Modeling.

“Because PLTW is experiential, there is a significant initial investment in materials and equipment,” said Mello. “Without the support of the PIP Fund, we would have had to scale back the implementation significantly and offer fewer modules to our students.”

PLTW is expected to begin this summer with a full week of training for all teachers leading a module and student courses will commence during the school year.

“The benefits that our students will receive from this program will have long lasting implications and the PIP Fund’s support makes it possible to involve more students in these unique and powerful learning experiences,” said Mello.

Patriots Players Thank Hundreds Of Volunteers At 7th Annual Clean Up Foxboro Day

Community Press Release

Defensive Lineman Keionta Davis and Defensive End Derek Rivers mingled with approximately 250 volunteers in Foxboro on Saturday, April 27.

Foxboro is now 3 tons lighter of trash following the efforts of approximately 250 volunteers at the seventh annual Clean Up Foxboro Day on Saturday, April 27.

The town-wide cleanup also drew the support of many local businesses, including The Kraft Group, New England Patriots and Patriot Place. Patriots players Keionta Davis and Derek Rivers stopped by the event to thank the hundreds of volunteers and autograph Super Bowl LIII Champion team photos. Davis and Rivers also helped event organizers announce the raffle winners for Red Sox and Patriots game tickets and an autographed Rob Gronkowski football, donated by The Kraft Group.

 Patriots defensive linemen Derek Rivers (left) and Keionta Davis (center) with Clean Up Foxboro Day event organizer A.J. Dooley (right of Davis) of Dooley Disposal Services on Saturday, April 27.
 Patriots defensive linemen Derek Rivers (left) and Keionta Davis (center) with Clean Up Foxboro Day event organizer A.J. Dooley (right of Davis) of Dooley Disposal Services on Saturday, April 27.

“It is important to be in the community and show support for volunteer initiatives like Clean Up Day,” said Davis. “It’s great to see so many volunteers take time out of their weekend to pick up trash and make their community better.”

Said Rivers: “This is the perfect type of Earth Day event and it is wonderful to see so many people putting their words into action and volunteering their time for something like this. It was important to us to be able to come out and thank each and every one of these volunteers for their efforts and show our support for the cause.”

Jaden Onwuakor (center) interviews Patriots defensive linemen Derek Rivers (left) and Keionta Davis (right) at the seventh annual Clean Up Foxboro Day on Saturday, April 27.
Jaden Onwuakor (center) interviews Patriots defensive linemen Derek Rivers (left) and Keionta Davis (right) at the seventh annual Clean Up Foxboro Day on Saturday, April 27.
Patriots defensive linemen Keionta Davis (left) and Derek Rivers (right) present Foxborough resident Erin Coombs (center) with an autographed Rob Gronkowski football at Saturday’s seventh annual Clean Up Foxboro Day. Coombs won the football, donated by the Kraft Group, during the event’s raffle.
Patriots defensive linemen Keionta Davis (left) and Derek Rivers (right) present Foxborough resident Erin Coombs (center) with an autographed Rob Gronkowski football at Saturday’s seventh annual Clean Up Foxboro Day. Coombs won the football, donated by the Kraft Group, during the event’s raffle.
Clean Up Foxboro Day organizer, Tina Belanger (left) and Patriots defensive linemen Derek Rivers (center) and Keionta Davis announce raffle prize winners of Red Sox and Patriots tickets and an autographed Rob Gronkowski football at the seventh annual Clean Up Foxboro Day on Saturday, April 27.

New Moms Group Offered

Community Press Release

Sturdy Memorial Hospital offers a FREE New Moms Group for women with babies between the ages of 2 weeks and 12 months. Participants have the opportunity to talk about their growing babies, discuss concerns and expectations, learn different tips from other mothers in the group, and more. 

This is an on-going program in which interested participants can join the group at any time. The group meets every Wednesday from 10 – 11:30 a.m. in the

Michael J. Poissant Clinical Education Center located near the main lobby of the Hospital. 

For more information or to register, please call Nursing Administration at 508/236-7151.