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ACES Education Foundation Funds Dance Workshops

The ACES Education Foundation awarded a grant for $4,750 to the ACES Educational Center for the Arts (ECA) for a series of five dance workshops.  Adele Meyers and her company members conducted these master classes for ECA dance students.  A performance showcasing the dance repertory piece created in the workshops followed.

~Carolyn McNally


Avon Education Foundation Awards Mini-Grant to Roaring Brook School for Playground Equipment

The Avon Education Foundation happily awarded the 2013 Hyatt Family Grant to the Roaring Brook School to purchase two Spinner Bowls for their playground. Children can sit in and pump their legs to spin and move all around this hollow, bowl-like piece of playground equipment. It uses centrifugal force and weight distribution to provide a safe and fun ride and is also a great tool for teaching science.

~Beth Zweibel


Bridgeport Public Education Fund Honors Educators

On May 8, the Bridgeport Public Education Fund, in partnership with the Fairfield County Community Foundation, honored educators from the Bridgeport Public Schools at their 20th annual Inspiration Awards event. The photo shows Mayor Bill Finch and the eight Outstanding Teachers, the two Beard Excellence in Teaching Award recipients, the Elizabeth M. Pfriem Civic Leadership Award recipient, and the principal who received the George Bellinger Leadership Award.

This event highlights the excellence that is demonstrated in the classroom of the Bridgeport Public Schools each and every day. The partnership with the Fairfield County Community Foundation and the Beard Family has enhanced the awareness of good teaching and the commitment the Bridgeport educators have to each other and to the children in their classrooms.

The two teachers who received The Beard Excellence in Teaching Award from FCCF will also receive $25,000 over a four-year period. The eight Outstanding Teachers all received a Tiffany Crystal Apple and a $1,000 certificate for professional development. The principal who received The Bellinger Leadership award also receives an engraved plaque and a check in the amount of $1,000. The Elizabeth M. Pfriem Civic Leadership Award is a solid gold apple pin.

~Marge Hiller


Southington Education Foundation Embarking on New STEM-Focused Initiative

In the 2013/2014 school year, Southington Education Foundation will bring an increased awareness and recognition to the importance of STEM-based experiential learning within the school district. Integrating the disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics into cross-curriculum studies is essential for our 21st-century students. SEF is working with the schools to instill a five-prong approach to STEM enrichment:

  • Support and enhance programming already underway in and outside of the district’s classrooms, such as SEF’s recent financial recognition of the Southington Cyber Knights, the nationally recognized SHS Robotics Team
  • Continue funding a district-wide program that sends all fourth-graders to Camp Sloper twice during the academic year for a day of project-based learning
  • Launch a Virtual STEM University for Southington’s educators
  • Begin a STEM-based scholarship program for graduating seniors
  • Provide STEM-designated grant-funding for educators to facilitate STEM enrichment within their daily lesson plans

From an elementary science lab to an outdoor teaching garden, an alternate energy sources initiative, African drums, and a classroom planetarium, the Southington Education Foundation (SEF) has fulfilled the wish lists of more than 80 educators to the learning delight of students in every school in the community. Since its inception in 2009, SEF has funded nearly $100,000 in grants to promote and ensure innovative and creative learning within the Southington Public School system.

~ Dawn Miceli