Sunday, June 20, 2021

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Public Reading of Frederick Douglass's "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July? Speech on July 4


Saturday, June 12, 2021

AEF Stars in Our Schools

As the school year comes to a close, we reflect on how proud we are of all our teachers, staff, students, and parents and their resilience in adapting to the unforeseen and unique challenges they faced this past year. With that in mind, the Amherst Education Foundation (AEF) is excited to announce our Spring Stars in Our Schools fundraiser.

Show your favorite teacher or staff member in the Amherst-Pelham School District your gratitude by making a contribution in their honor! Gifts of all sizes are greatly appreciated and will go towards helping the Amherst Education Foundation continue to provide grants toward amazing educational programs developed by teachers and staff. Say 'Thank You!' to a teacher, principal, coach, aide or other staff member by making a donation and we will send them a note letting them know how much you appreciate their hard work and dedication. 
Visit and make your gift by Friday, June 25 to honor teachers or staff in Amherst, Pelham, Shutesbury, or Leverett, and we will send them a recognition card.

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Good-bye picnic for Ms Chamberlain and Coach Renee

Please join us at Fort River on Wednesday, June 16th from 5-6pm to have a chance to say good-bye to Ms. Chamberlain and Coach Renee. Feel free to bring a picnic dinner and enjoy some time with friends. This is an outdoor event and masks will be required. 

*Rain date will be Monday, June 21st from 5-6pm

Fort River Teacher Staff/Lunch - Drinks needed!

Ms. Chamberlain and Coach Renee are giving lunch to all teachers/staff. This was supposed to happen on the half day on Thursday, June 10. We are not sure when it will happen with the change in schedule. They have asked if families could help supply drinks. Drinks need to be in cans or plastic bottles (for individuals), please. Email Elizabeth at for pick-up/drop-off arrangements. Thank you!

AEF Mini Golf fundraiser

The Amherst Education Foundation is hosting its first ever Mini-Golf Fundraiser! Join us for a fun event that will also have raffles, trivia and refreshments. All proceeds will go towards funding valuable education grants to public schools in Amherst, Pelham, Leverett and Shutesbury.

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Looking for kids for a research study!

The Cognitive Neuroscience Group at the MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston is recruiting children between the ages of 8 and 12 years to participate in a research study funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH).  

The purpose of the study is to evaluate the learning patterns of children with typical and atypical language development. The study will involve 1 virtual visit via a secured Zoom and 3 in-person visits to the lab. During the visits, children complete a battery of cognitive and language-based assessments, play several games on the computer, and complete several language/memory tasks. The lab visits include safe and noninvasive EEG recording.  The virtual session will last about 30 minutes, and the in-person sessions will last about 2 hours each. Procedures are in place to maintain COVID-19 safety precautions during in-person visits.

We are looking for children who were late to develop language, have received services for language or learning difficulties, or still have difficulty with language, reading comprehension, or learning. More information can be found at:

Payment is $150 for completing all study visits. We provide free all-day parking near our lab in the Charlestown Navy Yard. We will mail you a report of your child’s scores on the cognitive and language assessments. Please email us at or call us at (617) 724-7363 if you are interested or if you have any questions.