Major Grants

Major grants are considered by the board of directors on a yearly basis. Major grants consist of amounts greater than $5,000.00, and typically are focused on large projects pre-approved by the school principal and/or Superintendent of Schools and the Board of Education.

Educational Impact Grants

It’s time to begin putting together your grant applications for the Wallingford Education Foundation Educational Impact grants.  Each year the Foundation awards several Educational Impact grants ranging from $500 to $5,000.  The deadline for grant submissions is Friday, March 1, 2019.  Two copies of the grant application should be submitted to the School to Career Office no later than 4 pm on that date.  One copy must have the original signature of your school principal and the superintendent to be considered.  Please make sure you allow sufficient time to obtain signatures.

Awardees will be notified prior to the end of the 2018/2019 school year.

Educational Impact Grant Resources

The following is a list and description of past grants issued by the Foundation.

2017-2018See MoreClose

Kinder Tinker Program at Cook Hill Elementary School which facilitates having kindergartners play and learn science outdoors.  Grant was linked to studies on the value of kids spending time outside and to the Next Generation Science Standards.

Boosting Morale News Program at Moran Middle School

Middle School Culinary Arts after school program at Lyman Hall High School.  High school culinary students taught middle school students the basics of cooking and meal preparation.

Social Emotional Learning Course for four teachers at Moses Y Beach Elementary School

2016-2017See MoreClose

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2015-2016See MoreClose

Kristina Kiely, Kate O’Donnell, and Susan Rhodes (Moses Y. Beach)
Congratulations to teachers Kristina Kiely, Kate O’Donnell, and Susan Rhodes, of Moses Y Beach School, who were awarded a WEF mini-grant this school year to support their Family Math Center. The Center provides parents with the tools and materials necessary to help their children strengthen math skills at home. Empowering families in the area of mathematics is known to positively impact student achievement in math!

Michele Cislo and Michael Green (Highland)
Check out two Highland School teachers new interactive classroom made possible by a WEF mini-grant. Michele Cislo and Michael Green used funding from their grant to purchase two projection systems that will create a technology-infused learning environment.

Sara Reynolds and Gilthia Coppola (Highland)
Who doesn’t love Legos? Highland School teachers Sara Reynolds and Gilthia Coppola are implementing Lego math into their current math curriculum. Lego kits, with a special curriculum guide and software, will help students relate first grade math skills and learning objectives. This project was made possible by a WEF mini-grant!

Stephanie Rubin (Cook Hill)
Summer may be over, but our kindergarten students at Cook Hill have taken skills they learned in this year’s summer program well into the new year. Stephanie Rubin’s Kindergarten Reading Program – funded by a WEF mini-grant – was a 4-week program designed to ease the transition for students entering school for the first time, support academic growth and strengthen the home-school connection.

Paul Bogush (Moran)
Team sports are a great way to boost students’ confidence and teach them about teamwork. This year we are excited to have awarded Moran Middle School teacher Paul Bogush with a mini-grant to bring sports to life at school through the purchase of audiovisual equipment that will provide music, sound effects and announcements. The equipment is also being used by the MVP student-directed news program for their daily morning newscast.

Tom Rich (Moses Y. Beach)
Can you hear how excited everyone is about WEF mini-grants? Students at Moses Y Beach can! WEF awarded a grant this year to support the purchase of a FrontRow sound field system designed to improve listening comprehension during school-wide events and during physical education classes. The new system certainly kicks up on the volume on both curricular and extra-curricular activities!

2014-2015See MoreClose

  • Tablets in Preschool
  • Nexus Tablets for Struggling Readers
  • Look for the Good
  • The First Step to Second Step

2013-2014See MoreClose

  • Better Than Smartboards
  • School Community Garden
  • IT Cadets Robotics Club
  • Rays projector
  • Front Row to Go
  • Running Club

2012-2013See MoreClose

  • Video Evolution
  • Bright Link Interactive Projection System
  • Cook Hill Parent Transportation
  • School Newspaper
  • iPad Technology for the S.T.E.P Program
  • Literacy Home-School Connection
  • Digital Media Project
  • SMART Board Music System

2011-2012See MoreClose

  • Low Ropes Course Certification Training at Bertini Park
  • Authoring and Illustrating Concept Books
  • Empowering Students With Technology
  • School to Career and Beyond
  • Band Room Audio System

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2010-2011See MoreClose

  • Video Evolution
  • Click to Connect, Collect, & Collaborate
  • Empowering Student Voices
  • Implementing SMART Music

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2009-2010See MoreClose

  • Mobile 21st Century Classroom
  • GPS and Mathematics in the Real World
  • Windows to the World
  • Digital Video Editing for Public Broadcasting
  • Lunch Time Leader Podcast

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2008-2009See MoreClose

  • Journalism/ Media Design Tech Upgrade
  • Young Scientists & Engineers
  • Environmental Explorations
  • Theater Art & Design Project
  • Using Photos to Enhance Literacy & Math

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2007-2008See MoreClose

  • Develop a Drama Club
  • Science & Technology for the Community
  • Photography to Enhance Writing Skills
  • Six Traits of Writing for All Students

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2006-2007See MoreClose

  • Video Program
  • Outdoor Team Building Program
  • Teaching Parents Technology Program
  • Pharaoh Phair Program
  • Expansion of Child Development
  • Pequot Museum Outreach Program

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2005-2006See MoreClose

  • Scholastic Chess Program
  • Bullying Program
  • Marching Band
  • Digital Writing Portfolio
  • Diversity Program
  • Science Enrichment

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Professional Development Grants

Like all professionals anywhere, educators in the Wallingford Public Schools participate in ongoing professional development and collaborative opportunities funded by our annual school budget.  However, the Wallingford Education Foundation (WEF) recognizes the transformative impact that can result from an educator who chooses to attend professional development that might lie beyond the usual scope and financial reach of the town’s budget.  The opportunity to work with other passionate educators as they reflect on the changing needs of our world and how best to serve our students can be some of the most motivating, transformational experiences an educator can have.  With the Professional Development Program, the WEF seeks to fuel and spread innovative ideas among members of the Wallingford educational community.

Application deadlines are:

  • October 2nd (notification date is November 1) for our EDUCATE AND SUPPORT GRANTS, which cover professional development occurring between January 1 and June 15 of the following calendar year
  • January 1 (notification date is February 1) for our INSPIRE AND SUPPORT GRANTS, which cover professional development occurring between June 16 and December 31 of the current calendar year

Professional Development Grant Resourses

The following is a list and description of past grants issued by the Foundation.

2017-2018See MoreClose

Cedarsong Nature School Vashon Island WA – Adrienne Ferretti from Moses Y Beach Elementary Schol

Literacy How – Structured Literacy Series North Haven CT – Mary Reid from Moses Y Beach Elementary School

American Speech & Hearing Association National Convention Boston MA – Amy Jagoda and team from Pond Hill Elementary School

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National Science Teachers Association National Conference Los Angeles CA – Kelly Watrous Science Teacher from Sheehan High School

2015-2016See MoreClose

National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention New Orleans LA – Duane Samuel from Moses Y Beach Elementary/Integrated Preschool

June Institute on the Teaching of Reading Teachers College Columbia University New York NY – Jamie Hocking-Ferrone, Angela Buccheri,