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2021 Grant Awards

The Wallingford Education Foundation [WEF] is pleased to announce the awarding of three 2021 WEF grant awards totaling $6,000.  

WEF awarded a $2,000  Educational Impact Grant to Cook Hill School’s  kindergarten teacher, Jen Wilson, and librarian  Anna O’Brien to establish a  “Powers of Nature” program.  Students will be exposed to outdoor activities through books and nature supplies purchased with grant funding to entice and encourage learning about nature. 

Two Professional Development Grants were awarded.  

A $2,000 grant was awarded to Mary Ellen Pettit to attend The National Health Science Conference in Cincinnati this October.  Mary Ellen is a health science teacher covering both high schools.  This conference provides the opportunity to learn the newest health science  classroom resources, best practices, and teaching strategies. 

The other $2,000 grant was awarded to three school system speech pathologists: Stacy Perrone at Dag Hammarskjold, Amy Jagoda at Pond Hill,  and Kristen Whoolery at E.C.Stevens. They will be attending the American Speech-Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) conference  in Washington, D.C. this November.  This conference showcases the most up-to-date speech-language pathology therapy techniques, networking opportunities , research, and classes.

Any Wallingford school system member may submit grant applications for either of these two categories. The Professional Development Grant allows school system members to attend conferences. The Educational Impact Grant allows school system members to create a unique student experience. All grant submissions are reviewed and approved by the Wallingford School System Superintendent. The WEF Board  then reviews all grant requests and decides on grant awards.  

Yearly, these grants are awarded to augment Wallingford school system programs outside the parameters of the school system’s budget.  Grant amounts are limited to yearly donations secured through WEF fund raising activities and donations.

Anna O’ Brien and Jen Wilson – Pond Hill Elementary School

Amy Jagoda – Pond Hill Elementary School

Kristen Whoolery – EC Stevens

Stacy Perrone – Dag Hammarskjold

2021 Scholarship Award

The Wallingford Education Foundation [WEF] is pleased to announce the awarding of a $1,000 scholarship to Audrey Larson, a Lyman Hall High School senior, who will be attending Brown University. Audrey plans on majoring in civil engineering to help fulfill her career aspiration; the creation  of a company focused on revolutionizing building materials to be more environmentally friendly.

Commenting on the scholarship award process, WEF Board Chairperson DrStephen Hoag stated, “We received several worthy scholarship applicants. In reviewing and interviewing the applicants, not only is Audrey an excellent student, but her demonstrated passion for discovery, invention, and environmental protection demonstrated her commitment to excellence and lead to our decision.”

Educational Impact
Grants

Each year the Foundation awards several grants ranging from $500 to $5,000.

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Paired grants of $1000 each for two WPS educators to attend a professional development opportunity.

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Wallingford Education Foundation is a non-profit,
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About Wallingford Educational Foundation

The Wallingford Education Foundation, Inc. (the Foundation) was formed in November 2003 and is comprised of Wallingford citizens and business leaders focused on raising funds to be used in the public school system. The Foundation is led by a board of directors, all of whom are volunteers. The Foundation has no paid staff and minimal operating overhead, enabling it to direct the majority of its financial resources to fund programs.

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