SOUTHINGTON – The Southington Education Foundation invites the community to celebrate their grant recipients and see how the non-profit impacts local education Dec. 3 at Southington Community Cultural Arts (SoCCA).
Grant Recognition Night will be held at 7 p.m. at the building at 93 Main St. Jerry Belanger, of the Southington Education Foundation, said that in addition to recognizing the grant recipients, the event will also be a chance for the community to learn about the Foundation and how they can get involved.
“Come meet us and learn about opportunities for volunteering and helping out,” he said.
The following grant awardees will be recognized:
. Karen Isner of Southington High School, who will be extending student engagement in math through the Southington High School math team.
. Amy Gennaro of Oshana Elementary School, who will be using augmented reality technology with writing to help bring writing lessons to life.
. Amy Perry, of John F. Kennedy Middle School whose programs foster collaboration between local seniors and middle school students.
. Jessica Monson, in support of the 18-21 Stellar Program at Prospector Theater.
. Saralyn Wright, in support of interactive alphabet books for Oshana Elementary School.
. Meg Walsh, special education coordinator, to assist with the implementation of emotional intelligence learning.
The Southington Education Foundation’s mission is “to instill a life-long love of learning in children through innovative, creative learning experiences and expanding local educational opportunities.”
Since 2009, the organization has given out more than a quarter-million dollars in grants and scholarships. However, fundraising has been “a little tougher” in recent years according to Belanger.
“This last year, we didn’t raise quite as much with our fundraisers as we usually do, so we will be meeting in January to brainstorm new ideas,” said Belanger.
The Southington Education Foundation’s most recent fundraiser, the Second Annual Trivia Bee, was held Nov. 7 at Southington High School. Teams from throughout the community competed, raising $3,300 to fund local grants and education programs. The team to take home the trophy was the “Sloper Scholars”, which consisted of Justin Hubeny, Tom Sangeloty, Wendy Fisher and Nick Charnysh.
On Dec. 7, those who wish to support the Southington Education Foundation and their mission are encouraged to visit Just For You Country Gifts at 979 Meriden-Waterbury Turnpike, Plantsville, between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. During this time, 20 percent of proceeds from purchases made while presenting the SEF’s flyer will be donated to the Southington Education Foundation. The flyer can be found at southingtoneducationfoundation.org/justforyou.htm.
The Southington Education Foundation’s next major fundraiser is the “Spring for Education” gala, which will be held March 28 at the Mountain Room at the Mount Southington Ski Area. The Southington Education Foundation is currently accepting sponsors and donated auction items for this event.
The Southington Education Foundation meets monthly on the second Tuesday of each month through June 2020. The next meeting is Jan. 14 at The Orchards at 34 Hobart St. from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
For questions, email Jerry Belanger at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or email@example.com.