Published in the March 29, 2016 edition.

WAKEFIELD — Congratulations to Wakefield Public School staff members recently honored by Wakefield Educational Foundation’s (WEF) STARS program. This unique STARS program (School Teachers Are Really Special) allows donors to acknowledge those who continually make their child’s education a success!

Honored staff members included Brian Addesa, Rosanne Bakos, Jillian Balestrieri, Jenna Barbeau, Daniel Barrow, Amanda Betts, Sarah Bowen, Kathleen Bowers, Jeanne Buckley, Estelle Burdick, Jeanine Campbell, Ashleigh Cardarelli, David Cellucci, Jean Charos, Deborah Collura, Kathleen Cristiano, Lisa DiIsso, Kathryn Divasta, Stephanie Dollof, Elizabeth Doucette, Christine Driver, Beverly Elcewicz, Ray Elcewicz, Tara Fitzgerald, Cynthia Fitzpatrick, Thomas Fratto, Katie Frazier, Emily Geary, Matthew Gordon, Christopher Gorski, Michelle Greatorex, Katelyn Guilmette, Graeme Hall, Katherine Hammond, Kristen Harper, Patrick Hennessey, Kathleen Howe, Beth Hughs, Jill Jenkinson, Adriana Kechechian, Erin Kelley, Jo-Anne Kenny, Lisa Koplik, Courtney Leahy, Janet Livesey, Nicole Loftus, Ashley Lynch, Barbara Machaiek, Rachel Mansfield, Erin Manzi, Kimberly Margolis, Florence Martin, Stephanie Martin, Tammy McDonald, Amanda McDonald, Stacy McGrath, Alexandra McHenry, Meghan McNamara, Danielle Metzler, Mark Miller, Joanne Minahan, Michael Morel, Mary Moriarty, Amanda Murphy, Beth Ortega, Stephen Oteri, Marie Paiva, Jaryd Palmer, Perry Pappas, Jason Pavey, Margo Perriello, Meghan Pierri, Maria Plunkett, Kelly Qualey, Sheila Robertson, Kellie Roche, Erin Roy, Mary Ellen Russell, Joanne Ryan, Brianna Semenza, Katherine Shea, Kellye Sheehy, Laurie Sokol, Christopher Sousa, Kerry Sullivan, Amy Sweeney, Michael Swift, Allen Theriault, Christopher Tolios, Marc Turiano, Kathleen Uva, Jason Wallace, Susan Worden, Michelle Wildman and Amy Yessian. Also honored was the staff at the Greenwood, Wakefield Academy and Doyle Schools. Thank you to parents and students who participated in our STAR’s fundraiser!

WEF would also like to take this opportunity to thank current corporate sponsors: Daniel S. Casper, PC – Law Offices, Christopher J Barrett Realtors, Farmland, Robert H. Guida – Attorney at Law, Hinchey Brothers Plumbing & Heating, M&R Plumbing & Heating, Law Offices of Brian D. McGrail, One-on-One College Consulting LLC, Orthodontics By Design, Roberto Brothers Landscaping, Simeola & Simeola PC, Spino Law Offices PC, Tarpey Insurance Group, The Savings Bank and Wakefield Co-operative Bank. Please consider supporting the upcoming 20th annual Celebration of Learning Ceremony which will take place on Thursday, April 12th at the Galvin Middle School! Visit their website for further details.

WEF provides grants to the Wakefield Public Schools for innovative and creative programs that are not covered in the current year’s school district budget. Teachers, school staff, principals and PTOs are all eligible to apply for grants. Grants are given to those individuals and groups whose proposals best exemplify initiatives that impact a broad number of students, have long-term creative and innovative educational benefits within our school system and contribute to educational excellence now and in the future within the Wakefield Public School System. Wakefield Educational Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to providing support in the form of grants to the entire Wakefield Public School System.