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Opportunities for Giving

A gift to the Collaborative for Educational Services offers an opportunity to support teaching and learning in personally meaningful ways through these tax-exempt funds: Please click on the name of each program or fund below to learn more or to donate online.

Joan E. Schuman Scholarship Fund

The Joan E. Schuman Scholarship Fund provides scholarships to support special education students graduating from high school and moving on to a two- or four-year institution of higher education. Preference is given to HEC Academy graduates.

Strong Foundations for Young Children 

Strong Foundations for Young Children (SFYC) provides free support for families of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers who reside in Easthampton and Ware. SFYC's goal is to provide support to parents for enhancing their children's social and emotional development. 

In addition to these services, the program brings together other service providers for families through the Easthampton Early Childhood Council (e2c2) and the Quaboag Community Council. 

Ben DeMarino Scholarship Fund (HEC Academy Students)

Established by the family of Ben DeMarino, a 1993 graduate of the CES's Alternative Learning Program, this scholarship fund honors Ben's determination and courage and his love for the program and teachers who helped him along his path to success. Funds from this scholarship support additional learning opportunities for other HEC Academy students while they are enrolled students in the Academy. The Fund has in the past supported students who have taken community college courses or pursued new vocational or life skills not covered in the core curriculum. 

The Patty Walsh-Cassidy Assistive Technology Lending Library

Housed at the Collaborative CCATT Center, and named for one of the center's founding members, the PWC Lending Library will be a home for assistive technology equipment, products, and materials and will enable users to explore, test out and match assistive technology resources to their communication needs. Donations to the PWC Lending Library are primarily used to support the purchase of new and expanded equipment and applications for the Library.

Mount Tom Academy Alternative Learning Program

Located on the campus of Holyoke Community College, Mount Tom Academy offers students an alternative route to high school graduation. Designed for 11th and 12th grade students who have not been successful in a traditional high school setting, the program identifies the strengths, talents, and unique abilities of participating students.

After School )Program Fund

CES After School Programs are located in communities throughout Franklin and Hampshire counties, and funded through state grants and program sliding scale fees paid by parents of participants. Your gift will help us sustain the programs in all our program locations and provide scholarships to students from low-income families.

To make a contribution to the Collaborative

You can contribute online to the Collaborative Funds above by clicking on the title of the Fund and visiting the detail page, or you can contribute by mailing your donation.

If you choose to donate offline, please provide your name, address, email address (if available), and the name of the fund to which you are donating; and mail it with a check made out to Collaborative for Educational Services (with the name of the fund you wish to support indicated in the check's memo line) to:

 Attn. Anne Farrington
Collaborative for Educational Services
97 Hawley Street
Northampton, MA 01060

Checks that do not indicate a specific fund will support the Collaborative Innovation Fund.
Thank you for your support!


Ben DeMarino's mother (left) attended the HEC Academy Graduation Ceremony to launch the Scholarship Fund.