The Alice Eaton Fund supports organizations in Stow, Massachusetts through the making of grants to non-profit, tax-exempt organizations for the improvement of the health, safety and enrichment needs of children residing in Stow. The following is a list of the grants made by the Fund during recent years.
Warm Hearts of Stow: The grant of $5,000 to Warm Hearts of Stow provided scholarships to Stow children to attend summer programs. These programs provide children the opportunity to take swimming lessons, attend sports camps, and participate in other camping and outdoor programs. Programs provide swimming lessons at the Stow town beach and scholarships to attend Camp Stow, the Assabet Valley Boys and Girls Club summer programs, and various specialty camps for activities such as soccer and horseback riding.
Randall Library: A grant of $1,000 to the Randall Library in Stow provided funds for this public library’s children’s program presented by Ed Morgan a/k/a The Music Man. The program provides enrichment for Stow children by providing an entertaining and educational musical experience for young children, promoting child intellectual development.
The Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley: The Fund’s grant of $3,000 to The Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley (BGCAV) provided funding for scholarships for Stow children to attend programs at BGCAV. The organization provides a safe and fun environment while incorporating programs that address the health and fitness needs of Stow children. The programs require children to be active throughout the summer and include structured gym activities, daily challenges, outdoor games and swimming.
The Discovery Museums: The Fund’s grant of $5,000 to the Discovery Museums supports the Nature Playgroup, a program that takes place weekly all through the year outdoors on the Museum grounds. It is designed for children ages 2 to 6 and engages children in collaborative nature-based discovery and exploration. Outings, led by an Outdoor and Environmental Educator, may include games, songs, special art projects, and exploring the conservation land adjacent to the museums. Nature Playgroup directly addresses the Museum’s goal of developing in children a habit of outdoor, unstructured, nature-based play.
Assabet Valley Little League: The grant of $2,000 to the Assabet Valley Little League (AVLL) paid for the purchase of improved safety equipment for children playing in the AVLL. Providing improved safety equipment for boys and girls playing baseball and softball helps reduce the risk of serious injury to players.
Warm Hearts of Stow: The grant of $5,000 to Warm Hearts of Stow provided scholarships to Stow children to attend summer programs. These programs provide children the opportunity to participate in such activities as swimming lessons, sports camps, boys and girls clubs and other camps.
Randall Library: A grant of $1,100 to the Randall Library in Stow provided funds for this public library’s new program “Explore the Outdoors.” The program encourages the use of the Stow conservation lands, community gardens and library materials in order to have families learn more about the natural environment and encourage walking, hiking and getting outdoors.
Stow Recreation Commission: The Fund’s grant of $5,000 to the Stow Recreation Commission provided funding towards the improvement of the playground at Pine Bluff Recreational Area. The grant provided money for construction of elements for children’s play. The improvements are compliant with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The playground provides different opportunities to engage in appropriate developmental play and beneficial physical activity.
Stow Conservation Trust: The Fund awarded the Stow Conservation Trust a grant of $5,000 to fund the first discovery station of a “Nature Discovery Trail” in the Leggett Memorial Woodlands. The nature discovery trail connects young children from Stow and surrounding communities to our conserved open spaces. The play stations along the trail are designed to allow for creative exploration and movement in the outdoors. The stations promote physical skills and imagination for young children.
Emerson Health Care Foundation: The Fund made a grant of $3,610 to the Emerson Health Care Foundation for the purchase of a Broselow Color Code cart for use in pediatric emergency treatment at Emerson Hospital, the region’s community hospital. In 2009, the Fund made a similar grant to Emerson for the purchase of a Color Code Cart for its emergency department. This grant allowed the hospital to acquire a Color Code Cart for its pediatric unit.
Warm Hearts of Stow: The grant of $5,000 to Warm Hearts of Stow provided scholarships to Stow children to attend summer programs. These program provide these children the opportunity to participate in such activities as swimming lessons, sports camps, Boy Scout and Girl Scout camps, and other camps.
Open Table: The Fund made a grant of $1,000 to Open Table, an organization located in the neighboring town of Maynard that runs weekly community supper programs and food pantries in Concord and Maynard but also serves some families with children in Stow. The grant will fund an outreach program designed to increase the participation of Stow families with children in Open Table’s food programs.
Nashoba Youth Football and Cheering, Inc.: The Fund made a grant of $4,000 to Nashoba Youth Football and Cheering, Inc. (NYFC), a charitable organization that supports football and cheering activities for children. The grant enabled NYFC to purchase new football helmets that comply with current impact safety standards designed to prevent concussion injuries.
Stow Police Department: The Fund awarded a $2,278.54 grant to the Stow Police Department. The grant provided funds to establish a youth police academy for younger children, 12 and under. The program is designed to develop a relationship between Stow children and police to educate them about health and safety issues affecting children.
Stow Recreation Commission: A grant to the Stow Recreation Commission in March 2013 provided funding for salaries, supplies and equipment needed to operate a nine-week free drop-in summer recreational program for children at Stow park facilities. This program was designed for elementary school children in kindergarten through grade 6. Program activities included arts and crafts, games and sports. The program allowed low-income families to get their children involved in summer recreational and athletic activities without the expense of a summer camp program.
Warm Hearts of Stow: The grant to Warm Hearts of Stow provided scholarships to Stow children to attend summer programs that give these children the opportunity to participate in such activities as swimming lessons, sports camps, Boy Scout and Girl Scout camps, and other camps.
Stow Police Department:
911 For Kids: The Fund made a grant to the Stow Police Department to conduct a 911 For Kids program to teach young children about the purpose and use of the 911 emergency call system. This program teaches children the importance of system and how and why they would call 911. The program was designed to educate children about 911 so they would know how to make a call if necessary and that they have a friend on the other end of the line willing to help them if needed.
RAD program: A second grant to the Stow Police Department in the fall of 2013 funded the Department’s Rape Aggression Defense program (“RAD”). The RAD program, while generally designed for all ages, will use the funds to focus on children in Stow. The program is designed for females age 10 and older and so will provide RAD training to girls ages 10 through 12 in Stow. The program includes lecture, discussion, and basic self-defense techniques suitable for girls and women of all ages and abilities. The program will provide participants with information and tactics that will be useful in various kinds of potential abduction situations that girls could encounter. The RAD program’s objective is to develop and enhance the options of self defense, so they may become viable considerations to the one who is attacked and to help girls avoid abduction and avoid high-risk situations.
Stow Recreation Commission: The grant to the Stow Recreation Commission funded the costs of boating program including the purchase of equipment such as a canoe and related boating equipment.
Warm Hearts of Stow: The grant to Warm Hearts of Stow provided scholarships to Stow children to attend summer programs that give these children the opportunity to participate in such activities as swimming lessons, sports camps, boys and girls scouts’ and other camps.
Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley: The grant to the Boys and Girls Club of Assabet Valley provided scholarships for children to attend its programs, which require children to be active throughout the summer and provide use of the Club’s gym, daily physical fitness activities and weekly hiking and swimming trips.
Stow Police Department: The grant to the Stow Police Department funded the Department’s child car seat safety program. The program is designed to provide guidance, information and instruction in the correct installation of child car seats in a motor vehicle. The program allowed parents and other child caregivers to meet with a nationally-certified car seat technician and have their child passenger seats and installation inspected. The program also provided for checks to ensure that the child car seats had not been the subject of a recall.
Center School: The grant to Center School promoted physical education activities at Center Elementary School in Stow. The grant to Center School for the Outdoor Classroom program enabled the purchase of equipment used in physical activities as part of the Outdoor Classroom. The grant provided funds to purchase poles for the “Low Elements” course between Center and Hale Schools. The grant was also was used to pay part of the cost of inspecting the course by Project Adventure.
Over the years, the Fund has provided grants for a variety of other purposes. The Fund provided a grant for the purchase of a climbing wall at the renovated Hale School (Stow RECESS Project grant in 2011). It funded various purchases of equipment and operation of programs for children at Stow recreational facilities and playgrounds. Grants have also help funded team sport activities such as girls LaCrosse.