2014-2015 was an exciting year for the Tewksbury Education Foundation
(TEF). In addition to celebrating its 20th
anniversary of fundraising with the sold-out Barn Dance &
the Tewksbury Education Foundation will continue in its tradition of
supporting the educational aspirations of Tewksbury students by
offering a new scholarship. Jean Frankel, who founded the
has agreed to extend her generous support of Tewksbury students with
the creation of the TEF’s Jean Frankel Founders Award. The
has established the following criteria for the scholarship:
• This yearly scholarship will be awarded to one graduating 8th
grader, in the amount of $2500.
The scholarship will be awarded to that student who is dedicated to
their growth as a whole person, including dedication to academics,
devotion to volunteerism, and participation in extra-curricular
activities, such as the arts, sports, scouts, or other interests.
• This scholarship will be awarded to the student upon graduation from
high school, to help with their post-secondary education.
TEF is pleased to announce that Jean and Gregg Frankel have generously
committed to funding this scholarship for the next 20 years.
With the foundation of the Jean Frankel Founders Award and the hugely
anniversary celebration, it’s been a landmark year for the
The TEF would like to extend a big thank you to the community for their
generous support during the annual campaign and the Barn Dance and
Auction. For more information about the TEF, e-mail the TEF,
or visit their website.
Labrador Retriever Inspires Children’s Book
Biscuit, a beloved yellow Labrador Retriever, inspired his person to
pen a new children’s book entitled, Sir Pillsbury: The Canine
Communicator, A Biscuit Tale of Learning.
A work of fiction, intended for third and fourth graders, Sir Pillsbury
was written by Tewksbury resident Barbara L. Clark.
revolves around Biscuit’s family, Adam Tristan, his wife Megan, and
their son, Christopher. Very devoted to his people, Biscuit
senses discord in the household and devises ingenious canine means to
bring the family back into harmony. “In a world overflowing
technology and devices, we must not lose sight of the importance of the
human element and face-to-face communication,” the author said, hinting
at the moral of the story.
The book closes with a lengthy
glossary and a photo of the real Sir Pillsbury of Kensington
“Biscuit.” Although Biscuit passed away over a decade ago,
memory lives on in this new soft-cover book, which emphasizes the
importance of good verbal communication.
The pencil smudge
drawings throughout the story were created by illustrator Christina M.
Maniet of Bucks County, Pennsylvania. They help bring
message to life.
A devoted animal lover, Clark has been a
freelance writer for over twenty years. She’s written horse
columns, business profiles, and public relations pieces, as well as
newsletter articles. She began riding at the age of
has spent many years of her life in the equine community as an
equestrian, both for recreation and competition.
has experience as a breeder of show horses, as well as Labrador
Retrievers, and has been a guest speaker in the Equine Studies Department at
Centenary College, in Hackettstown, NJ.
Pillsbury: The Canine Communicator was recently approved
for inclusion in the Children’s Collection at Fairleigh Dickinson
University, in Madison, New Jersey.
order an autographed copy of Sir Pillsbury send a check for $20
(includes tax/shipping) to Barbara L. Clark at PO Box 496, Bedminster,