Dedham Savings Community Foundation Supports William E. Sheehan Elementary School

The Dedham Savings Community Foundation has donated to the William E. Sheehan Elementary School. Grant funds will be used to purchase a hands-on introductory tool, the Sphero Indi Educational Robot. The car-shaped robot is designed to introduce early learners to the fundamentals of computational thinking, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics), and computer science principles in a fun and way that encourages play-based learning with real-life scenarios as learners build custom mazes and solve puzzles. The Robot will support the school’s current program, in which elementary Instructional Technology Coaches (ITCs) teach classes across the district. The students engage in a variety of activities, both unplugged and digital, which require computational thinking. Students will work through the coding process learning such skills as looping and sequencing and conditional formatting.


William E. Sheehan Elementary School is an elementary school in the Westwood Public School district. Their mission is to develop students into self-motivated learners and help them achieve their potential in supportive and creative environments.


The Dedham Savings Community Foundation was formed by Dedham Savings for the purpose of funding requests from community organizations which

provide services to the communities that they serve. These communities generally, but not exclusively, include Dedham, Needham, Norwood, Sharon, South Boston, Walpole, and Westwood. Typical requests are usually received from such organizations as schools, libraries, family service organizations and non-profit organizations. The Trustees of the Foundation will accept grant requests from community organizations and make awards twice a year. Organizations wishing to request funding from the Foundation may apply online on our Community Giving Page.


Incorporated in 1831, Dedham Savings has assets of over $2.3 billion. Its mission is to promote financial strength and success in the individuals, families, and businesses of the communities it serves. Dedham Savings offers a broad range of financial and electronic banking services to individuals, businesses, and organizations through full-service locations in Dedham, East Dedham, Needham, Norwood, Sharon, South Boston, Walpole, and Westwood.

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