WESTFORD — Nashoba Valley Technical High School has a Boosters Club, and its members have provided scholarships to senior graduates and held fundraisers and other events to bolster the budget.
But the school has lacked this nonprofit organization that people can donate to and be the first stop for teachers and administrators looking for a way to fund a needed program.
Enter the NVTHS Foundation.
“The school community and staff are amazing,” said Milaina Mainieri, president of the NVTHS Foundation, a tax-deductible 501(c)3 nonprofit group.
Mainieri has a unique perspective. She is a mom to a sophomore in Nashoba Tech’s Programming and Web Design program. She is also a teacher in the health aide program, having been hired in November to replace a longtime teacher who left the program.
“I’m a huge fan of this school as a parent, and now, working here, I see firsthand how some students struggle with their home life,” she said.
According to Mainieri, the booster club, Friends of Nashoba, of which she was a member, offered scholarships and held events to raise funds.
“The NVTHS Foundation is an educational foundation with the ability to expand the philosophy of what we can do for our school community,” Mainieri said. “The foundation wants to be the first vehicle it goes to for help. We hope to support extracurricular activities and celebrate the achievements of students and staff. We’d love to have the money for a teacher to come and say, “We have a wellness program, and we’d love for you to fund it.
Mainieri’s son, Christopher, is a junior who found success at Nashoba Tech with programming and web development instructor Christopher Egan.
“Mr. Egan is wonderful, and I can’t say enough about the college teachers he’s had over the years,” she said of her son. “It’s an amazing school, and the special education staff were really supportive and helpful.We were touched in so many ways.
She was instrumental in the transition from Friends of Nashoba to the NVTHS Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting the diverse interests of NVTHS students, “built on the backbone that Friends of Nashoba has provided,” it said. she declared.
Mainieri was joined to lead the foundation by Phil and Ellie Green, Jennifer Christman, Sheldon Chapman, Doug Reedy and Workers Credit Union.
They are planning the annual Trivia party for May 13.
One of the strengths of the foundation is that if anyone wants to donate money to a particular technical program, they can.
Another is that Nashoba Tech, with over 50 years of existence, has many graduates who have become successful business owners and are always happy to give back.
“One of the wonderful things we have is a rich community of alumni who are business owners, people who have been impacted by our school,” Mainieri said. “The more donations we receive, the more we can do.
“There are many benefits to donating to the school community,” she added. “There are kids who have worked really hard and are graduating and don’t have the funds to get the tools they need. If the foundation was strong enough, we could be their first stop.
“That’s what my dream is to really champion and support technical education.”
To learn more about the NVTHS Foundation or to make a donation, email [email protected] or visit nashobatech.net and click on “NVTHS Foundation”.