DRACUT -- The Englesby Intermediate School has received $500 from the Harvard Pilgrim Foundation's Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program.

Dracut resident and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care employee Linda Valade nominated the school, which will use the funds to buy equipment to enhance classroom instruction.

In 2012, more than 80 percent of Harvard Pilgrim employees directed a mini-grant to an organization they care about.

"We are so fortunate to have generous and dedicated employees who enrich our company and the communities in which we all live and work," said Karen Voci, executive director of the Harvard Pilgrim Foundation. "The mini-grant program is a wonderful way to support our employees as philanthropists and to help them make an impact in their own cities and towns."

To commemorate Harvard Pilgrim members who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, Harvard Pilgrim and the foundation created the Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program, which allows each Harvard Pilgrim employee to award a $500 grant, completely funded by the foundation, to the local charity of his or her choice each calendar year.

Since the program began in 2002, Harvard Pilgrim employees have directed contributions to hundreds of organizations throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine with grants totaling $2,942,150.