MTA educators win book gift cards

2005 AEW Winners

Lynn Podosek, Amherst-Pelham
Beverly Moore, Ashland
Lori Graveline, Bellingham
Sofia Hughes, Berkshire Hills
Amy Donahoe,, Berlin
Frances Ridge,, Beverly
Christina DiLibero, Blackstone
Kathleen Tarentino, Bridgewater-Raynham
Cheryl Dewey, Brockton
Teri Greene, Canton
Janet Folsom, Chicopee
Bernardette Costello, Dedham
Susan Bouldry, Dighton-Rehoboth
Mary Toller, East Longmeadow
Victoria Streeto, Fall River
Kerri Cormier, Fitchburg
Catherine Colonis, Fitchburg
Virginia Garske, Franklin
Anne Horrigan, Gardner
Roger Davis, Gloucester
Lori McKenna, Hanover
Catherine Murray, Haverhill
Jennifer Leary, Holyoke
Donna Gortot, Malden
Bradley Melville, Middleborough
Tracy Cleveland, Middleton
Gail Clark, Milford
Seth Evans, Needham
Marianne Pallatroni, New Bedford
Ellen Wallace, Quincy
Anne Wilson, Saugus
Joanne Giroux, Somerville
Judith Eddy, Swansea
Jane Santos, Taunton
Michelle Foster, Topsfield
Anne Grilli, Walpole
Linda Petty, Ware
Amanda Morris, Watertown
Nancy Heffernan, Winthrop
Elizabeth Clifford, Worcester

Barry Brooks, Amherst-Pelham
Cindy Blake Denneson, Beverly
Joan Packard, Brockton
Darlene Riel, Chicopee
Jean Daulton, Fitchburg
Roberta Cousins, Gloucester
Donna Newton, Middleborough
Katherine Carroll, Somerville
Melissa Blaser, Swansea
Evelyn Garcia, Worcester

In celebration of American Education Week, the Massachusetts Teachers Association has awarded $5,000 worth of Borders gift cards to teachers and education support professionals throughout the state.

"Helping students achieve is the cornerstone of our work as parents, teachers, and public school employees," said Catherine A. Boudreau, MTA president. "We're proud of our work, and American Education Week is the time to celebrate this work."

The theme of this year's American Education Week is "Making Public Schools Great for Every Child!"

American Education Week began in 1921 as a way to generate public awareness and support for education. It is celebrated each year during the full week before Thanksgiving. Since 1987, Education Support Professionals Day has been observed on the Wednesday of American Education Week as a special way to honor the contributions of school support staff.

"By participating in our American Education Week events taking place across the country, everyone has the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of public school students by shedding light on important education issues," said National Education Association President Reg Weaver.

The winners -- 40 teachers and 10 ESPs -- each received $100 worth of book gift certificates from the MTA.

Their names were selected from entries in the 2005 MTA Red Sox Reading Game. As part of the contest, students who pledged to read nine books over the summer were entered into a drawing to win free tickets to a Red Sox game at Fenway Park.