Many families across the state are facing unexpected hardships, but you can make a difference this holiday season by sponsoring a child through the Holiday Bear Project.
Watch the message below to find out why CEA Vice President and CEF President Tom Nicholas urges you to consider sponsoring a child.
Holiday Bear—a project of the Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF), CEA’s charitable arm—helps brighten the holidays for needy children who have been nominated by their teachers.
Gifts and donations must be received by Friday, November 30, at CEA’s offices in Hartford or at CEA UniServ offices for distribution before the holidays.
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“I’ve always been a big advocate for educators,” says ACES teacher Salman Hamid—and now he’s formally representing teachers in his union as a building rep.
Building reps are often a teacher’s first point of contact when questions arise—ranging from practical matters to sensitive subjects. They are their colleagues’ contract enforcer, organizer, and spokesperson.
The Wintergreen Interdistrict Magnet School sixth grade teacher tells his fellow educators, “It’s absolutely key we get involved in our union and become active and proactive. Decisions made at the local, state, and national can have a big impact on our classrooms, our salaries, and our retirement.” Read more
Vice President Tom Nicholas took to the airwaves to let listeners across the state know about the 20th annual Holiday Bear project, which brings holiday cheer to hundreds of Connecticut children in need.
CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas with iHeartRadio’s Renee DiNino.
In an interview with iHeartRadio’s Renee DiNino, Nicholas urged Connecticut residents to sponsor one of 100 public school students across the state, from pre-K through 12th grade, who have been nominated by their teachers to receive holiday gifts (such as books, toys, or gift certificates) and essentials (such as coats and hats). Families of these students are facing financial hardships that will make it difficult to afford holiday gifts this year. Read more
Teacher Judy Ayers warms up with a cup of coffee.
Teachers and staff entering the faculty lounge at Old Saybrook High School before the morning bell were treated to a mouthwatering surprise: three tables of hot and cold breakfast foods, snacks, and beverages brought in—on the sly—by parents wanting to show their appreciation.
“What a wonderful thing!” said child development and family specialist Judy Ayers, who does double duty as a literacy interventionist at the elementary school. Read more
Many schools around Connecticut are closed tomorrow in observance of Veterans Day, which is why schools around the state honored Veterans and taught students about their service on Friday. From school-wide assemblies to classroom visits by students’ family members who are Veterans, below are some of the ways schools have been honoring Veterans.
Celebrate the Thanksgiving season in the classroom and at home with lessons, quizzes, activities, games, trivia, books, and movies.
CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas and President Jeff Leake have already voted, have you?
Watch their Election Day video message to find out why all teachers should make it a priority to participate in today’s election.
Not sure where to go to vote?
Polls are open until 8 p.m. If you still need to register to vote, you can do so by going to your town hall.
And if you’re still deciding who to vote for, check out where the candidates stand on education issues at cea.org/reportcard.