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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., November 10, 2015—Williams College and Mount Greylock Regional School announced today a gift from Williams that will expand the college’s longstanding partnership with the school to include annual operating funds.
The annual infusion of $200,000 will be used initially to develop and maintain a technology center and to support the professional development of Mount Greylock faculty and staff. This funding will continue and expand the money that in recent years has been made available to the school through the Williams College Fund (WCF) for Mount Greylock. The WCF was launched in 2011 by members of the extended Jeffrey Family, which has long had ties to Williams, and was supplemented by local donors. That fund is scheduled to be spent down by the summer of 2016.
“Nothing is more important to the well-being of a community than the quality of its education,” said Williams President Adam Falk, “so Williams has long been attentive to opportunities to enhance the quality of our schools’ programs and facilities.
“Mount Greylock has made very effective use of the Williams Fund for Mount Greylock—inspiring teachers, revamping departments, and expanding curricular and extracurricular offerings to all students—and the college is eager to help those initiatives continue and grow.
“Our thanks go to Mount Greylock’s faculty and staff for investing these funds to such great effect and, of course, to the Jeffrey Family and the local donors whose vision and generosity launched the process that has led to these great results, which students at the school will now benefit from into the future.”
The technology center will support all teachers and students in the seamless integration of technology into their teaching and learning. This effort aligns with Mount Greylock’s broader goal of making its instruction more individualized, project-based, and self-paced. The new funds will continue the many forms of professional development that the original fund made possible, as described in its annual report for 2014-15, which was released today.
“Successful schools like Mount Greylock are constantly looking for partners in the community to help support the education of our children,” said school superintendent Douglas Dias. “The partnership between Williams College and our school is exemplified and extended by this generous gift, which will help Mount Greylock regain its historic legacy as a model school.”
The new fund will operate in addition to the Williams Center at Mount Greylock. Created in 2008, the center will continue its mission of maximizing the educational value that the college can provide the school. The center has greatly expanded the involvement of college students, faculty, and staff in the school’s curricular and extracurricular life, and has brought to the Williams campus an increasing number of Mount Greylock students and faculty. The center’s many programs are described in its annual reports.
Douglas Dias, Ed.D.
Mount Greylock Regional School District
Assistant to the President for Community and Government Relations
Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second-oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts. The college’s 2,000 students are taught by a faculty noted for the quality of their teaching and research, and the achievement of academic goals includes active participation of students with faculty in their research. Students’ educational experience is enriched by the residential campus environment in Williamstown, Mass., which provides a host of opportunities for interaction with one another and with faculty beyond the classroom. Admission decisions on U.S. applicants are made regardless of a student’s financial ability, and the college provides grants and other assistance to meet the demonstrated needs of all who are admitted.