Previously Awarded Mini Grants

2011 & 2012

2011-2012

Low Ropes Course Certification Training at Bertini Park

  • Teachers: Joseph Paul, Christopher Stone, Julie Wollen
  • Schools: Dag Hammarskjold, Moran and Pond Hill
  • Grant Amount: $1,600.00

In May 2011, the Bertini Park Low Ropes Challenge Course and Environmental Education Center was established in East Wallingford. Initially, elementary grade physical education teachers were trained and certified to facilitate student programs.

The programs are designed to foster social skills and cooperative learning. Students are given a number of challenges that require them to utilize strategies and skills that are assets in real life situations. Students develop personal resiliency skills, teamwork, leadership, perseverance, critical thinking and collaboration through these active learning experiences.

This grant helped to provide training for the 5th grade teachers and the Principal at Pond Hill School, as well as 2 middle school physical education teachers.

Authoring and Illustrating Concept Books

  • Teacher: Leigh Grande
  • Schools: Pond Hill, E.C. Stevens
  • Grant Amount: $2,543.00

Twenty-five third grade students engaged in a year-long project of authoring books for pre-school members of the Spanish Community of Wallingford (S.C.O.W.). The books were described as “foundational, non-fiction providing early learners with vocabulary concepts basic to early comprehension of our world including shapes, colors, numbers, letters of the alphabet, patterning, opposites, rhyming words and more.”

Third grade author Emilia Porier said her favorite book was one she created with various “words of wisdom”. “We told them to smile, to share, and there were some larger lessons too, like making new friends but keeping the old.” One hundred sixty hand-made books were authored, published and donated to S.C.O.W. during an evening of celebration on May 15, 2012.

Empowering Students With Technology

  • Teachers: Dianna Ball, Leslie Loehmann
  • School: Moses Y. Beach
  • Grant Amount: $1,023.00

This project promotes educational opportunities for five classrooms at Beach Elementary with the installation and use of ClozePro2 and Clicker 5 software.

Clicker 5 is a multi-media, reading and writing tool used to assist students by offering talking books, word banks, sentence frames, and picture supports on a variety of templates. Cloze Pro 2 is an assessment tool software and has benefitted students by allowing them to more accurately and efficiently express their ideas, demonstrate their comprehension and showcase their abilities.

School to Career and Beyond

  • Teacher: Lisa Miller
  • School: Sheehan H.S.
  • Grant Amount: $5,000.00

The project provided specific, standards-based instructional materials, assessments, access to technology and preparation for community college reading and writing requirements.

Forty-five students in Grade 12 General Level English classes at Sheehan High School directly benefited from the purchase of 10 Viewsonic Tablets for classroom use. These devices helped students in the lowest academic track to become college and career ready in reading and writing skills. In addition to the tablets, the grant provided for the purchase of 50 copies of Robert Atwan’s America Now textbooks.

Band Room Audio System

  • Teacher: William Mearman
  • School: Dag Hammarskjold Middle School
  • Grant Amount: $4,894.00

This project allowed for the purchase and installation of a new, state-of-the-art sound system for the school band. The new equipment which serves between 90 and 120 students is used to both amplify and record their individual and group performances.

The high quality of the recorded music allows students to analyze and evaluate their own performances, and to study the connection of music with other disciplines. The new system replaced an old cassette-based system that had one operating speaker.

2010 & 2011

2010-2011

Video Evolution

  • Teachers: Nancy Harrington, James Andreson
  • Schools: Jams H. Moran and Dag Hammarskjold Middle Schools
  • Grant Amount: $4,921.00

This grant benefits the S.T.E.P programs at both middle schools by providing LCD projectors, digital cameras, video cameras, editing software, an external hard drive, and DVD burners.

The new technology is used for various projects including writing, journalism, filmmaking and editing. Students were required to work together in teams and collaborate between both schools in team projects.

Click to Connect, Collect & Collaborate

  • Teachers: Diane Struble, Jill Juliano
  • School: Stevens Elementary
  • Grant Amount: $2,702.00

This grant funded 24 SMART Response System hand-held transmitters, a receiver, and software. The system is an interactive audience response system that works with questions presented in a True/False or multiple choice format. The system allows the entire classroom of students to respond to the question, and give the teacher immediate feedback.

The SMART System allows the teacher to determine the level of comprehension at a specific moment during a lesson, and determine if a topic needs to remedial coverage. The system also encourages students who have difficulty or shy away from class participation, to make their opinions count with their anonymous responses.

Empowering Student Voices

  • Teacher: John Conte
  • School: Sheehan High School
  • Grant Amount: $2,874.00

This “Classroom Performance System” provided 28 hand-held devices that allowed students to respond a pre-packaged set of questions synchronized with the current textbook. The devices promote full classroom participation with technology that students are comfortable and familiar with.

Implementing SMART Music

  • Teacher: Jedd Cheblowski
  • School: Moran Middle School
  • Grant Amount: $3,787.00

These grant dollars will impact both instrumental and vocal students at Moran by providing a fully interactive music program that gives students access to the music they are studying on both home and school computers.

The SMART Music System records student performances, with or without professional accompaniment, and allows students to review their performances and compare them with the professional score. When they are ready, students record their own performance which they can electronically submit to the teacher.

2009 & 2010

2009-2010

Mobile 21st Century Classroom

  • Teacher: Karen Ripa
  • School: STEP at Parker Farms/ Rock Hill/ Highland Schools
  • Grant Amount: $2807.37

A note from the recipients:

As a STEP (Student Enrichment Program) teacher in three elementary schools, this grant funded the purchase of a document camera and projector that allows me to open up the world of demonstration and class participation in problem solving. A Flip Video Camera was recently used to film a STEP student debate presented to the fifth grade classes. The video will be used for students to self-evaluate and learn how to be more effective when delivering an oral presentation. The third component of the grant was the acquisition of digital cameras. STEP students will be working with the cameras to develop a media project, complete with original photos, captions and music.

Through the use of these 21st century technological applications that are the tools of learning for this generation of students, high level learning outcomes are integrated and enriched for all STEP students.

Karen Ripa
STEP Highland, Parker Farms, Rock Hill

GPS and Mathematics in the Real World

  • Teacher: Pat Hubeny/ Rob Kovi/ Jason Bouffard
  • School: Sheehan High School
  • Grant Amount: $4774.80

A note from the recipients:

This project promoted the educational opportunities for students by fusing real-world Global Positioning System (GPS) technology and math applications with the instruction of geometry and trigonometry. Approximately 250 students were allowed to utilize the GPS devices while working collaboratively to solve problems. GPS and mathematics are used in land surveying, ocean and air navigation, aid during natural disasters, highway repair, seismology, geology, forestry and endless other uses.

The Foundation grant provided for the purchase of twenty Garmin Etrex Summit HC handheld GPS devices, with batteries and storage cases. The students used these devices to conduct the following:

  • Calculate vectors and walk them out;
  • Explore right triangle geometry;
  • Calculate angles and side measurements;
  • Design and create a sextant (clinometer) and apply and test them using GPS;
  • Measure heights of buildings, light poles, flag poles and trees;
  • Determine elevation;
  • Apply real-world applications to math. For example, when Riccitelli Field was remodeled, new lights were needed. Students were challenged to determine the height necessary for the new poles and the distance adequate light must travel to reach the center of the field;
  • Create concept scavenger hunts like angle of the sun through the seasons for elementary students.

Windows to the World

  • Teacher: Cynthia Fries
  • School: James H. Moran Middle School
  • Grant Amount: $4995.49

A note from the recipients:

This grant provided for the purchase of four Epson PowerLite Multimedia Projectors, four Zoom Document cameras and four utility carts to be used by teachers in the 7th grade. The new equipment enables teachers and students to present high-quality overhead projections from original documents and authentic sources. Replacing what was commonly referred to as acetate overheads, the new system allowed teachers to eliminate the need for pricey transparencies by simply placing the original object under the camera and allowing the classroom to view the object with an extreme amount of clarity and detail.

Students also have the capability to make classroom presentations, displaying real objects rather than visual images of lesser quality copies.

Digital Video Editing for Public Broadcasting

  • Teacher: James Sygrove/ Anne Mueller
  • School: James H. Moran Middle School
  • Grant Amount: $668.17

A note from the recipients:

The Moran Video Production (MVP News) was founded on a wish and a prayer. About 10 years ago the idea of a student-produced morning news program was presented to the school principal. After much consideration, we were granted our wish with one major problem. That problem was there would be no funding from the Moran School budget. With borrowed equipment, some assistance from the Moran PTO, and teacher donations, the MVP News program was born. Since its inception, we have always relied on donations to make our program successful.

The MVP program made a large step forward several years ago with the donation of Digital Cameras. This presented us with a nice dilemma. This was how to edit the new media into quality presentations while working with limited time. In 2009, with the help of the Wallingford Education Foundation, we made this gargantuan step with the donation of a Video Editing Computer and quality Editing Software. The students now are busy working on several exciting programs to enlighten all the Moran School Students.

Lunch Time Leader Podcast

  • Teacher: Paul Bogush
  • School: James H. Moran Middle School
  • Grant Amount: $2026.00

A note from the recipients:

The Lunch Time Leaders Podcast project has provided over 100 students the ability to use 21st century technology in social studies classes to conduct interviews with leaders from around the world. The purchase of six Acer Aspire One Netbooks allowed the students to participate in authentic learning skills, as they interviewed real scientists, engineers, and CEOs while researching occupations, learning the skills of corresponding and scheduling interviews, creating questions and polishing their interview techniques.

Each interview is then edited into a polished recording and placed on the podcast webpage, and broadcast live and set up so that the audience members can contribute questions from around the globe. Past interviews can be seen and heard at http://lunchtimeleaders.podbean.com.

A note from the students who participated:

The Foundation Grant has allowed us to expand our Lunch Time Leader Podcast to involve more students and do more interviews. It is hard for us to identify just a few key learning outcomes. Each of us has had a very unique experience based the people we interviewed this year, from the Governor of CT, firefighters, to best selling authors. When we sat down together to discuss what we learned, we could all agree on the following:

  1. It has made us think more deeply about the future and what we have to do to be prepared for the 21st Century.
  2. We have learned about a variety of jobs from the actual people who have them—an experience we would never have had otherwise
  3. We have realized that we have to prepare for the future, not just sit idle waiting for it to come
  4. It has given us the opportunity to learn how to use many technological tools all together at once
  5. While it might not have been specifically said in each interview, we realize that successful people follow their passions
  6. We should try new things, look for new opportunities, and keep our minds open to new ideas
  7. When presented with the opportunity to try something new, try it!
  8. Consider mistakes learning opportunities
  9. Be prepared! Be prepared now will allow us to be prepared for what life has to offer later
  10. Confidence, confidence, confidence

Our work and website has been used in professional development for educators across the world and is downloaded by a world-wide audience from iTunes. The opportunity to collaborate as a team and interview people from our own town and from across the world has given us opportunities that no other school group in the world can come close to duplicating.

Thanks, Wallingford Education Foundation!!

2008 & 2009

2008-2009

Journalism/ Media Design Tech Upgrade

  • Teacher: Daniel Kennedy
  • School: Lyman Hall High School
  • Grant Amount: $5000.00

A note from the recipients:

This project included the purchase of three Macbook laptop computers, one 24-inch iMac, and the newest edition of Adobe Creative Suite 4 software to revolutionize the publication of the student newspaper, The Trojan Times. The technology upgrade provided students with an authentic design and journalism experience that reflects current standards in the field of journalism.

In addition to improving the quality of the newspaper, the new technology was used to re-design the literary magazine for the creative writing course to showcase their art, writing and other works while providing a realistic print media design environment.

From Mikhail Davis, student and graphics and design editor:

The opportunity given to us through the WEF Grant is beyond description. With the grant, our journalism class purchased equipment that helps greatly in the process of putting together a quality newspaper.

To say thank you in a more concrete way is not possible. As a group, we chose to spend the money on three Mac laptops and one 24” desktop Mac. The Mac is the most suitable for layout design and graphics. The power and performance granted to us from the graphics oriented Macs are unbelievable. It has streamlined the layout and editing process ten fold. Something we just could not see on a Windows laptop or desktop because they’re more aimed for professional industries and consumers.

Before the grant we used Microsoft Publisher and Paint to layout and design the graphics for our newspaper. Because the Windows computers at our school did not have the capability to run more powerful programs such as Abobe InDesign and Photoshop to the best of their abilities, we had to settle for the native minimalistic Microsoft programs.

From Ernie Rosa, Student:

The WEF grant our journalism class has received has been a tremendous help to the productivity and overall image of our school newspaper. With this grant, we have been able o purchase three Mac laptops and a larger 24” Mac desktop. These machines allow us to accomplish things never before possible on the old Windows platform.

Prior to the grant, we used school issued computers and primitive programs such as Microsoft Publisher and Paint, which confined us to stay within the limitations of that software. Nowadays, we have advanced programs like Adobe InDesign and Photoshop at our disposal, as well as access to a multitude of image and text editing software. As an editor, the organization tools provided by the Mac laptops are extremely useful, helping us to keep track of the numerous articles and images submitted by our reporters and staff.

I cannot express my gratitude for this grant in words, so I’ll let the results speak for themselves. Please take a look at our old paper and compare it with our new design. The vast increase in productivity yielded to us because of these Mac computers will continue to benefit Lyman Hall journalism and the Trojan Times for years to come.

Young Scientists & Engineers

  • Teacher: Christopher Stone/ Charlotte Robbins
  • School: All Schools
  • Grant Amount: $5000.00

A note from the recipients:

E.C. Stevens Elementary School, in collaboration with the Town of Wallingford’s Youth and Social Services, offered science and technology enrichment opportunities for students and parents from across the community. This program was divided into two sections. Section one included enrichment opportunities through science and technology clubs. The clubs were: the Young Astronaut Club of Wallingford (open to students in grades 4-8 in Wallingford), Buzz’s Buddies: To the Moon and Beyond (open to students in grades 1-3 at Stevens School), Robotics Club (open to students in grades 4 and 5 at Stevens School).

Section two of this program included community science and technology nights open to the community at E.C. Stevens Elementary School and the Wallingford Public Library. These science and technology nights were offered collaboration with local and regional science institutions such as the Children’s Museum, Full Effect Productions, the Yale University Astronomy Department, the Manchester Community College Astronomy Department, retired Earth and Space Science Teacher James Heilman, NASA, Hamilton Sundstrand, the Franklin Institute (PA). All family science night events were open to the general public and were attended by over 600 students and parents.

Environmental Explorations

  • Teacher: Kathleen Hanisko/ Liz Selgado/ Deb Fernandes
  • School: Stevens Elementary School
  • Grant Amount: $5000.00

A note from the recipients:

This grant provided sixty 4th-grade students to use their own observations to explore and discover plant and animal characteristics, needs and life cycles in a plot of land at the school, and a similar study of land at the seacoast. Throughout the year, students studied the living and non-living components of each area and recorded the results of decomposition, seasonal changes, adaptations of plants and animals, and biodiversity. During visits to Long Island Sound, weathering, erosion and the human impact on the coastline were recorded.

A “story” of their investigations was recorded in their science notebooks. Throughout the school year, students explored and studied the living and non-living components that comprised their particular area. Students then communicated their findings with similar studies being done at elementary schools in Florida and Seattle, Washington. In observing the interdependency occurring in a habitat, students increased their appreciation for the environment. The project also enabled students to work effectively in teams investigating their environment and becoming aware of their responsibilities as citizens while furthering their understanding of science concepts.

Theater Art & Design Project

  • Teacher: David Boudreau/ Kelly Gilbert
  • School: Dag Hammarskjold Middle School
  • Grant Amount: $1000.00

A note from the recipients:

This project exposed students to the processes of set design and theater art. Through this opportunity to study the “behind-the-scenes” development of props, flats and other various set designs, students with an interest in theater arts were exposed to possible future career options in the performing arts combining art, drama, and music.

The project offered approximately 75 students an opportunity to see the relevance of authentic set and art design, lighting, sound, stage management, music, and dramatic arts as they came together in a large school endeavor. Funds from this grant helped to re-canvass, repair and fabricate both existing and new stage flats and scenery; the design and painting of set scenes, flats and props; and paper mache needed for additional set items.

Using Photos to Enhance Literacy & Math

  • Teacher: Helen Stowe
  • School: Moses Y. Beach Elementary School
  • Grant Amount: $1000.00

A note from the recipients:

This grant supplied approximately 60 kindergarten children with digital cameras to take photographs of familiar objects which were then used to construct 10 books which were used during reading and math studies. The idea was that kindergarten students would be more likely to adapt to reading if the topics were familiar to them. Books containing photos of people and things with which they are familiar helps to meet that need.

The finished books were used to cover major topics and skill areas of the Language Arts Scope and Sequence: appreciation for books; story retelling; expansion of vocabulary; use of grammar skills; and Math skills such as recognizing patterns, whole numbers, and basic shapes.

2007 & 2008

2007-2008

Develop a Drama Club

  • Teacher: Karen Ripa
  • School: Highland Elementary School
  • Grant Amount: $1000.00

A note from the grant recipient:

Through this grant, an opportunity to establish a theater arts program at the elementary school level was seeded. The grant funded the purchase of license of the musical adaptation of The Jungle Book. Over 100 students participated; 40 were involved on stage, 10 worked as backstage crew and over 50 students worked on painting sets with the art teacher. The musical extended into the school community as parents and teachers and Sheehan High students both combined to help stage, costume and coordinate lighting and sound projection. From proceeds from ticket sales, the drama club is now self sustaining and has since staged The Aristocats Kids and Cinderella Kids. The Highland Drama Club thanks the generosity of the WEF for creating this dynamic opportunity for Highland Elementary School.

Karen Ripa
STEP Highland, Parker Farms, Rock Hill

Science & Technology for the Community

  • Teacher: Christopher Stone/ Charlotte Robbins
  • School: Open to All Elementary Schools
  • Grant Amount: $5000.00

A note from the grant recipient:

E.C. Stevens Elementary School, in collaboration with the Town of Wallingford’s Youth and Social Services, offered science and technology enrichment opportunities for students and parents from across the community. This program was divided into two sections. Section one included enrichment opportunities through science and technology clubs. The clubs were: the Young Astronaut Club of Wallingford (open to students in grades 4-8 in Wallingford), Buzz’s Buddies: To the Moon and Beyond (open to students in grades 1-3 at Stevens School), Robotics Club (open to students in grades 4 and 5 at Stevens School). Section two of this program included community science and technology nights open to the community. All family science night events were open to the general public and were attended by over 700 students and parents.

Photography to Enhance Writing Skills

  • Teacher: Alison Gibertoni
  • School: Rock Hill Elementary School
  • Grant Amount: $4989.00

A note from the grant recipient:

Alison Gibertoni, a grade five teacher from Rock Hill Elementary School applied for and was awarded $4,989 to fund an innovative language arts project titled Using Digital Photography to Enhance Writing Skills. This very successful project was carried out by Mrs. Gibertoni and her students in 2007.

Mrs. Gibertoni stated she wanted to find a creative way for her students to broaden their own experiences and to make descriptive writing more power to them. Through this grant, she purchased digital cameras for all twenty-three of her students along with memory cards, camera cases, a printer, ink cartridges, and rechargeable batteries. At the end of the school year, each student created their own digital photo album.

Mrs. Gibertoni noted at the end of the academic year she held a live auction at Rock Hill School complete with two auctioneers from Nest Egg Auctions in Meriden. They auctioned off the students’ photography work through one silent auction and two rounds of live auctioning. In one evening they raised over $1,300 to fund this project and keep it moving forward every year. She stated this has been one of the most powerful teaching experiences she has participated in. All her students’ language skills, especially vocabulary skills, improved as a result of this project. Their oral presentations also improved when asked to present their photographs to the class.

Six Traits of Writing for All Students

  • Teacher: Christine Lang
  • School: James H. Moran Middle School
  • Grant Amount: $1243.00

A note from the grant recipient:

The Wallingford Education Foundation mini-grant allowed Team 8-1 to use a software program called 6 TraitPowerWrite. This program worked directly with the 8th grade curriculum. We were able to improve our writing by using this program. The benefits were the ability for the students to access the paper here at school and at home. Another benefit of the program is the ability for the students to edit and correct their work with the help of this program. The program walks the students through the editing process and helps them make decisions about their writing. The teacher can also correct and make comments on the writing as it is being done.

The most important benefit of this tool was the fact that I had a 98% completion rate on any assignment I gave. Prior to this, I would end up chasing a student for days and weeks asking them for their assignment. With this program, I have access to their accounts and their work. I can print off their work and grade according to what is complete. The students enjoyed doing their work on the computer and we didn’t have any lost assignments.

Teacher Christine Lang

2006 & 2007

2006-2007

Student Enrichment Program (STEP) Video Program

  • Teacher: James Andreson
  • School: Moran Middle School
  • Grant Amount: $5000.00

A note from the grant recipient:

The Wallingford Education Foundation grant purchased video production equipment used in the STEP program for the academically gifted at the James H. Moran Middle School. Students have used the three computer workstations, video editing software, and other equipment for a variety of projects. Since 2006, sixth grade students have created short, silent movies for the annual Wallingford Film Festival. Other students have researched stories and made original video news reports for broadcast throughout the school. For several years, eighth grade students have produced short documentary films about senior citizen volunteers from Ashlar Village in Wallingford as part of an intergenerational exchange program. Special projects have included school based TV commercials and even a promotional video for the Wallingford Education Foundation. Students involved in these projects learn about video production, filmmaking, long-term planning for complex projects, journalism, writing, oral history, individual responsibility and working as a team.

Outdoor Team Building Program

  • Teacher: Mathew Zabroski
  • School: Harvest Park Alternative School
  • Grant Amount: $700.00

Teaching Parents Technology Program

  • Teacher: Pam Anderson
  • School: Wallingford Adult Education
  • Grant Amount: $500.00

A note from the grant recipient:

In May 2007, a Wallingford Education Foundation mini-grant allowed our program to offer a “Free Parent Computer Training Program.” Participants attended a series of Saturday morning classes in the computer lab of The Learning Center, which is conveniently located in the center of Wallingford.

Parents of elementary students in Wallingford learned how to help their children with computer related tasks such as: using the computer for homework, using their school web site as a resource, using district e-mail to contact their child’s teacher and staying safe on the internet.

The classes were led by our Technology Coordinator and included free computer instruction booklets. Also, included in the program was a special training offered by the Wallingford Police Department’s Youth Officer on “Internet Safety” for children and families.

Pamela Andersen
Technology Coordinator
Wallingford Adult Education

Pharaoh Phair Program

  • Teacher: Helene DeCataldo / Christa Wolak
  • School: Moses Y. Beach Elementary School
  • Grant Amount: $500.00

Expansion of Child Development

  • Teacher: Julie Hulten / Janis Underwood
  • School: Sheehan High School
  • Grant Amount: $500.00

A note from the grant recipient:

We received $500 grant for enhancing the children’s literature collection at Sheehan High School. We continue to purchase new selections as we identify new interests that would be needed. This collection, which is housed in the Sheehan Library Media Center, is used by students in many academic areas and classes.

The Family & Consumer Science Department uses this collection to teach juniors and seniors about the important features to look for in selecting books for young children. They learn about and demonstrate the art and craft of ‘reading’ to children for large and small group venues in the nursery school.

The English classes use the collection to teach the value of children’s literature. English Honors students use the collection for outside reading assignments. New and inspired ideas continue to present themselves on the part of teachers to explore the relevance of this collection.

Julie Hulton & Janis Underwood

Pequot Museum Outreach Program

  • Teacher: Catherine Nicefaro
  • School: Yalesville Elementary School
  • Grant Amount: $325.00

A note from the grant recipient:

My name is Cathy Nicefaro and I teach at Yalesville School. I was awarded a grant from the Wallingford Education Foundation for the 2006/2007 school year. The grant money was used to bring the Mashantucket Pequot Museum Outreach Program to all the second grade classes at Yalesville School. In preparation for the visit, the children learned about the Woodland Indians. Woodland Indians would have lived in Wallingford. The children brainstormed where, as children living in Wallingford, they would have found food, shelter, and clothing. They then imagined that they were woodland children who would have found the same items without stores and restaurants.

The children drew pictures of what they think native American children look like. After the presentation, their pictures were very different because they learned that Native American children of today are very similar to them. The program brought the traditions of the Pequot people to life for the second graders. The children got to see what Pequot children wore and what they played with. They even got to try their hand at a few games. On Thursday, March 27, 2007, the Meriden Record-Journal featured a story about the program on the front page of the State and Local News section.

Cathy Nicefaro
Yalesville Elementary School

2005 & 2006

2005-2006

Scholastic Chess Program

  • Teacher: Wayne Aguiar
  • School: All Schools
  • Grant Amount: $500.00

A note from the recipients:

Parent and Director of the Wallingford Scholastic Chess Program Wayne Aguiar used grant funds to off-set the purchase of Chess sets, large sets and demo sets to establish interscholastic chess programs, and to promote Chess throughout the community.

Chess play has been shown to improve student reading, math, science and technology skills. It also promotes advanced thinking, planning, problem solving and sportsmanship.

Bullying Program

  • Teacher: Gerri Katz
  • School: Dag Hammarskjold Middle School
  • Grant Amount: $500.00

A note from the recipients:

Dag Guidance received a $ 500 grant to take 21 at risk students to Prime Climb on Quinnipiac Avenue for trust exercises and then to apply those trust concepts with other students during a rock climbing experience. The students had to organize, plan, show leadership and work on their communication, decision-making, and problem solving skills. It was a challenging, but fun-filled way to connect that targeting other students for bullying is really unjust and hurtful.

Marching Band

  • Teacher: Bill Mearman
  • School: Dag Hammarskjold Middle School
  • Grant Amount: $500.00

A note from the recipients:

Dag Hammarskjold Middle School music and band teacher Bill Mearman received a $500 grant which was used to purchase equipment and supplies for the Flag Squad and Majorettes performers in the Dag Hammarskjold Marching Band.

The new equipment promoted community pride in the marching bands and brought about a renewed interest in the students.

Digital Writing Portfolio

  • Teacher: Kathryn O’Donnell
  • School: Rock Hill Elementary School
  • Grant Amount: $200.00

A note from the recipients:

A $200 grant was awarded to Rock Hill School Computer Teacher Kathryn O’Donnell. The funds were used to purchase a scanner that was used to develop a portfolio of each student’s progress throughout their elementary education.

The concept allows students, parents, and teachers to track their writing achievements, and to assist them in continuing to improve their writing skills.

Diversity Program

    • Teacher: Jan Murphy / Fred Zierler
      School: Parker Farms Elementary School

Grant Amount: $800.00

A note from the recipients:

This grant helped fund the school-wide “United Nations Day” on October 24, 2005. The day was part of the “Diversity Month” observance at the school.

Students were exposed to the various cultures that characterize the make-up of the student body at Parker Farms, broadening their visions of the world and increasing their understanding and appreciation and acceptance of our diversity by celebrating their differences.

Science Enrichment

  • Teacher: Christopher Stone /Charlotte Robbins
  • School: Stevens Elementary School
  • Grant Amount: $5000.00

A note from the recipients:

E.C. Stevens Elementary School, in collaboration with the Town of Wallingford’s Youth and Social Services, offered science enrichment opportunities for students, parents, and families from across the community. Community science nights offered collaboration with local and regional science institutions such as the Franklin Institute (Philadelphia, PA), the Science Center of Connecticut, the Wesleyan University Astronomy Department, and the Sheehan High School Astronomy Department, the Beardsley Zoo, and local astronomer/author Bob Crelin. Ultimately, the goal of this program met the challenge of providing students with rich experiences in a variety of science topics and extend the learning that is already taking place in classrooms throughout Wallingford by providing multiple opportunities for students to experience science, we enabled our students to have more of an opportunity to succeed in a global society that is requiring a high degree of scientific literacy. Over 500 people (students and parents) participated in the 9 events through the Wallingford Education Foundation Grant.