Available Grant Funds

David S. Offensend Fund

This fund is a memorial to David S. Offensend. Donors who wish to honor long-time Burlington teacher and administrator David Offensend may contribute to this fund to help support educational enrichment programs for Burlington students.

Mr. Offensend was born on September 20, 1912 in West Haven, Vermont. He graduated from Fair Haven High School in 1932 and from Castleton State Normal School in 1935. He taught in rural schools in Granville, Hancock and Rochester, Vermont. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Boston University in 1940.

David Offensend married Dorothy Orr in 1941. He received a Masters of Education degree from the University of Vermont in 1945. He taught for 17 years at Edmunds Junior High School in Burlington. In 1958, the Offensends helped open Lyman Hunt Junior High School, with David teaching biology and Dorothy serving as the school’s first librarian. In 1976, the Lyman Hunt library was named in Dorothy’s honor. David became Principal of Lyman Hunt in 1962. He subsequently served as Curriculum Coordinator for the Burlington School district for two years. He was appointed Superintendent of Schools for Burlington in 1972 and retired in 1974. In 1975, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters by the University of Vermont.

David S. Offensend died on January 30, 2006.

Stephen W. Weibust Music & Dance Fund

The Stephen W. Weibust Music & Dance Fund is a memorial to Stephen W. Weibust. Donors who wish to honor this devoted and beloved music teacher may contribute to this fund to help support programs in the fine and performing arts.

Mr. Weibust was born in Hartford, Connecticut on August 2, 1950. He received a Bachelors degree in 1972 and a Master of Education degree in 1974 from the University of New Hampshire. He earned a second Master of Education from the University of Vermont in 1975.

Stephen Weibust retired in 2005 after 30 years of teaching choral music to thousands of students at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington. He was the director of En Masse, a student choral and dance performance group that performed in Burlington. He traveled with En Masse around the northeastern United States for performances at nursing homes, hospitals and military bases. Mr. Weibust was a principal trumpet player in many local theatre productions and was a member of the Vermont Jazz Ensemble for almost 30 years.

Stephen W. Weibust died on November 9, 2006.

Ellie B. McNamara Memorial Library Fund

The Ellie B. McNamara Memorial Library is located at C.P. Smith School in Burlington. The library, also known as “Ellie’s Garden,” is dedicated to the memory of Ellie B. McNamara, the former principal of C. P. Smith School. Donors who wish to honor this dedicated and venerated principal may contribute to this endowment to support book purchases for Ellie’s Garden. Interest earned on the fund will be withdrawn annually to purchase books and materials for “Ellie’s Garden,” as determined by the professional library staff.

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