Annually, Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation bestows the Howard Kelley Community Service Award. Kelley was one of the education foundation's founders and the first Superintendent of Schools in District 13.
CVEF conferred its 2017 award to community residents Mark Dionne and Heather Kannam of PaperHouse Productions, a local children's theater program.
Dionne and Kannam created the community theater several years ago, in part with assistance from a CVEF grant. PaperHouse runs an annual show for children in grades 1 to 8, a summer theater camp and a fall program for teens in grades 9 to 12. PaperHouse also has a junior board for youth interested in the promotion of theater and related projects.