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Notice Non-Profits: Mary Lyon Foundation

mary lyon foundation kids in classroomThe Mary Lyon Foundation in Massachusetts is a beacon of educational support, enriching the lives of students and educators across the region. Established in 1990, the foundation is dedicated to upholding the legacy of Mary Lyon, a pioneer in women's education and the founder of Mount Holyoke Female Seminary (later Mount Holyoke College). 

The foundation's mission centers around fostering educational excellence, equity, and opportunity for students in Ashfield, Buckland, Charlemont, Colrain, Hawley, Heath, Plainfield, Rowe, and Shelburne, as well as occasional outreach in other Franklin County and Connecticut River Valley towns. Through various initiatives, including scholarships, grants, and programs, the Mary Lyon Foundation empowers students to pursue their academic aspirations regardless of financial barriers.

Moreover, the foundation actively engages with educators, providing resources and professional development opportunities to enhance teaching and learning experiences in local schools. Their programs and funding provide local students with resources they need to thrive such as warm winter clothing, internet access, and backpacks filled with supplies. Funding from the Mary Lyon Foundation has helped students accomplish projects such as building a wooden geodesic dome, experiment with solar-powered pumps, and building a garden shed. 

By nurturing a culture of lifelong learning and academic achievement, the Mary Lyon Foundation plays a vital role in shaping the future of education in Massachusetts. Through its unwavering commitment to educational advancement, the Mary Lyon Foundation continues to make a profound impact, ensuring that every student has the opportunity to thrive and succeed.

There are many ways to support The Mary Lyon Foundation such as through its many volunteer opportunities or by making a donation. As a volunteer you could assist with the food delivery program, event planning, help in the office, or other. To make a donation, simply visit the website.

For more information on the Mary Lyon Foundation go to marylyonfoundation.org.


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