2009 Fall Showcase

PPEF 2009 Fall Showcase
Picture above: (From L to R) PPEF President Helen Furriel, PMS Principal Mr. Joe Amaral, PPEF 2009 Teacher of the Year Ms. Cheryl DelSanto, PHS Principal Mr. Robert Littlefield and NewportFed President Mr. Kevin McCarthy. Photo by Paul Gallagher.

On Thursday, October 22, 2009, the Portsmouth Public Education Foundation (PPEF) held its seventh annual Fall Showcase at Green Valley Country Club to recognize the Portsmouth teachers who had received PPEF Educational Excellence Grants during the 2008-2009 school year. Eighteen grants were awarded. The room was packed with displays of their talented projects and products that were produced in their classrooms with funds received from these grants. The event was well attended with about 100 members from the school community, local town officials and general supporters of PPEF. (Check out more pictures on PPEF Facebook).


The presentation was opened with Sarah DelSanto, a junior at Portsmouth High School, who sang the National Anthem. The PPEF 2009 Teacher of the Year, Ms. Cheryl DelSanto, was recognized and presented with a plaque by NewportFed President, Mr. Kevin McCarthy. Ms. DelSanto also received a $1000.00 unrestricted grant from PPEF. Mr. McCarthy then presented the principals of Portsmouth High School and Portsmouth Middle School with Teacher of the Year school plaques since Ms. DelSanto taught at both schools. NewportFed sponsored this year’s Teacher of the Year.

In addition to PPEF corporate sponsor, NewportFed, PPEF President Helen Furriel acknowledged the supporters of this past school year including the Mr. Albert Honnen Family, the Melville Parent Teacher Group, and Senator Charles Levesque.

The evening was highlighted with endless, delicious appetizers, great project displays, and a silent auction from local businesses and community members.

A Big THANK YOU to the businesses and community members listed below who contributed to the Silent Auction!!

195 Franklin, Bristol
Beach House, Middletown
Bill Sales, Portsmouth
Brewers Sakonnet Marina, Portsmouth
Custom House Coffee, Portsmouth
Deborah Winthrop Lingerie, Portsmouth
DeCastro Farms, Portsmouth
Edible Arrangements, Warren
Green Valley Country Club, Portsmouth
Groovy Gator, Portsmouth
Handrens Hardware, Portsmouth
IHOP, Middletown
Jos A. Bank, Newport
Lou Lou’s Decor, Portsmouth
Montaup Country Club, Portsmouth
Moriaty’s Invisible Fence, Portsmouth
Newport Country Club, Newport
Newport National Country Club, Middletown
Redlefsens, Bristol
Sakonnet Martial Arts, Portsmouth
Spa Vana, Portsmouth
Stalise, Portsmouth

Mr. and Mrs. John Brady
Mr. David Rosenburg
Mr. Ed Fitzgerald
Mr. Eric Wertheimer
Mr. John Fitzgerald
Mr. Mark Libby
Mr. Paul Gallagher
Mr. Ryan Westmoreland
Mr. Will Brulotte
Ms. Amy Rice, Esq.
Ms. Leslie Cathers
Ms. Mary Ann Martin
Ms. Stacey Downing
Ms. Stacy Carlson
Ms. Susanne Day

The Portsmouth Public Education Foundation is an independent, tax-exempt, non-profit organization whose mission is to improve, promote, sponsor and enhance the quality of the educational experiences for the public school students and their school communities. Since 2001, PPEF has awarded 120 grants, totaling $63,000, directly to various Portsmouth Public School teachers. 

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