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Foundation gives $12,000 for school programs

The Sharon Education Foundation awarded grants totaling $12,000 to Sharon public school teachers and administrators to support programs focused on such areas as music, math, science, and bullying.

The 10 grants are intended to enhance existing educational programs or to address unmet needs in the schools and community. In addition to existing programs focused on music, math, and STEM, or science, technology, engineering, and math, grants also went to new programs, including an organic garden, an antibullying and suicide-prevention program, and CPR for sophomores at Sharon High School, according to the foundation.

The foundation also named assistant superintendent of schools Elizabeth Murphy this year’s recipient of the Lee Flaxer award, named for a former principal at Heights Elementary.

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Murphy is a former principal at East Elementary School and was recognized for changes she made there, including implementation of before-school programs focused on math, a language program for special-needs students, and a student newspaper.

Since 2012, the foundation, which raises money to enhance, enrich, and support public education in Sharon in ways the school’s budget cannot accommodate, has awarded grants totaling more than $150,000.

Jill Terreri Ramos can be reached at jill.ramos@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @jillterreri.