The Newport Public Education Foundation is an all-volunteer nonprofit that empowers teachers, administrators and community partners to provide enriching educational experiences for the students of Newport’s public schools.

What We Support

Since our founding in 1991, we have awarded more than $770,000 to support Newport’s students and educators.

Enrichment Grants

Enrichment grants support innovative classroom experiences and experiential opportunities that are not otherwise funded through the school budget. Awards and projects span all grade levels, from kindergarten through 12th grade.

Bus for a Cause

Bus for a Cause provides transportation funding for experiential opportunities that arise throughout the school year. Each year, Bus for a Cause grants allow hundreds of students to explore their community and extend their learning beyond the classroom.


Annual scholarships are awarded to Rogers High School seniors who most closely model the following character traits: Involvement in the community, reliability and a strong work ethic, academic effort and financial need.

Annual Events

Newport Night Run

We annually partner with Gray Matter Marketing to present the Behan Bros. Newport Night Run, the area’s only after-hours road race. Since its inception in 2014, the event has raised more than $127,000 for the Newport Public Education Foundation.

An Evening for Education

Held annually in the fall, An Evening for Education, a celebration and fundraiser presented by the Bazarsky Family Foundation, honors the recipients of the Noreen Stonor Drexel Education Awards and the Newport Public Schools teacher of the year.

Featured Grants

Animal Research Project

Students enhanced their ecosystems unit by building websites that profiled an animal found at Southwick Zoo, then visited the zoo for an on-site behavioral study.

Empowering Biology With Biotechnology

Students explored genetics by utilizing micro pipetting and gel electrophoresis techniques, engaging in a case study to test a fictional family for sickle cell disease.

Around the World With the Gingerbread Man

English language learners explored multicultural versions of “The Gingerbread Man” and created a class book retelling the story to share and reenact with props.

Pell School Gardens

In collaboration with Aquidneck Community Table, 400 elementary students worked with master gardeners to grow, harvest, sample and share their own foods.

Adaptations and Ecosystems With Project Chick

Students investigated the biology and ecology of chickens, birds in general and the cultural history of Casey Farm to consider the complex nature of ecosystems.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot … or Bust

Students learned how reusing, reducing, recycling and rotting will decrease the amount of trash and positively impact our community and environment.

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