Maine’s classrooms are filled with students who have been awarded a $500 Alfond Grant for their future education.
Some 25,000 Maine children in grades 3-6 have an Alfond Grant, invested since birth. And the vast majority of children in preK-grade 2 (those born as Maine residents in 2013 and later) have been automatically awarded the Alfond Grant – about 48,000 more. Our deepest hope is that the program yields stronger outcomes for Maine children through the aspirational and financial benefits it provides.
Maine’s teachers work hard every day to make a positive difference in the lives of their students, Increasingly, we look to Maine educators as strong partners in our own efforts to have positive impacts on Maine students.
At the Minot Consolidated School posters in hallways and e-blurbs in newsletters make sure families know about the Alfond Grant – and Kindergarten students have fun with the activities in the Invest in ME-Kinderarten toolkits. At the Gerald E. Talbot Elementary School in Portland, students draw pictures of their future selves. And at the George Mitchell School in Waterville, parents have an opportunity at Kindergarten registration to talk with representatives of the My Alfond Grant program and even to open education savings accounts with the help of FAME (the Finance Authority of Maine).
How You Can Help
Schools and educators interested in being engaged with the MyAlfondGrant program as a way of supporting their students have many opportunities to engage with us:
- Display posters and share information video about MyAlfondGrant with students and families
- Distribute materials to families (or share links to electronic materials)
All Friend activities, AND:
- Encourage families to engage with the MyAlfondGrant program (update contact information, create a MyPlan, follow MAG on social media, etc) — e.g. teachers of students in preK-2 might share information during parent-teacher conferences
- Kindergarten teachers commit to participating in the Invest in ME-Kindergarten initiative (learn more at BrightFutureForME.com)
Gold Medal Champion
All Champion activities, AND:
- Embed supports for families to engage with the MyAlfondGrant program (update contact information, create a MyPlan, follow MAG on social media, etc) – e.g. teachers of students in grades PreK-2 might help families update contact information during parent-teacher conferences
- Invite ASF and our partners at FAME (the Finance Authority of Maine) to come to your school to share information, answer questions, and help interested families open their own education savings accounts
If you’re interested in requesting materials or just getting more information, please contact us at 207-347-8638 or email [email protected].
Many Thanks to These Organizations
Thanks to our Champions:
Canal School (Westbrook)
Dayton Consolidated School
Dresden Elementary School (RSU 2)
Earl C McGraw School (RSU 22)
East Range II School (AOS 90)
Easton Elementary School
Eastport Elementary School
Ella P Burr Elementary School (RSU 67)
Etna-Dixmont School (RSU 19)
Gerald Talbot Elementary School (Portland)
Leroy H Smith School (RSU 22)
And Special Thanks to our Gold Medal Champions!