Our Mission

Foundation 51 is a volunteer, non-profit organization whose mission is to provide independent funding to promote innovative student development in MSAD51.  
By supporting the inventive use of existing and emerging teaching methods, Foundation 51 seeks to enrich the educational experience with programs that inspire creativity and passion, and encourage social responsibility.

Greely Lanyard Sale!

Where do masks go when they’re taken off? Keep masks off the floor and away from germy hands by hanging them from a Greely mask lanyard! Foundation 51 is selling Greely mask lanyards that will keep masks close so your kids are less likely to lose them. There’s even a spot for their name in case it doesn’t stay on your child. And they are just $7 each!


Foundation 51 Spring 2019 Grant Spotlight

We are happy to support the following creative and compelling educational grants totaling nearly $9,000.

1. Cultural Awareness Through Music, Storytelling, Dance, Art & Direct Communication.

This grant brought Sayon Camara, a village drummer from Guinea, Africa to the Mabel I. Wilson school for a week to teach students, during art class, about the culture of the Malinke people, music, and art. Check out a few images from Sayon's visit below. (Photos: Christina Wneck Photography.)

2. Exploring Adaptive Fairytales Through Reader's Theater.

STAGES teaching artists will spend 5 one-hour visits for each second grade class, working with students and teachers to create an original script of fairy tales adapted from traditional ones.

3. Portland Symphony Orchestra Kinderkonzert & Masterclass.

This grant supports a Kinderkonzert, presented by the PSO,  in the new Greely Center for the Arts for Kindergarten through grade 5 students, and a Masterclass for music students in grades 6-12. 

4. Snowshoeing as a Lifelong, Winter Physical Activity.

Mabel I. Wilson students will experience the many benefits of participating in snowshoeing as a lifelong physical winter activity as an opportunity to increase health related fitness. This grant will support the purchase of 30 sets of snowshoes to serve physical education classes.