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Help Students in Need through Holiday Bear Project

Picture of students and teachers around a Christmas tree.

Students and staff from Amity High School are one of many groups that has participated in the Holiday Bear Project — a gift program for needy students. Students purchased and wrapped their donated gifts, then delivered them to CEA. 

You can make a difference in the lives of Connecticut public school children by participating in the 2012 Holiday Bear Project, sponsored by CEA’s charitable organization, the Connecticut Education Foundation(CEF).

You can help by:

  1. Sponsoring a child by purchasing gifts.
  2. Donating money toward gifts or purchasing gift certificates.

Anyone can sponsor a child or donate money, and sponsorships and donations are accepted throughout the project. Click here for more about the Holiday Bear Project.

Checks should be made payable to CEF-Holiday Bear Project. Note in the memo line the intent of the contribution, and CEF will then use the contribution as designated. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Helping More Kids

CEA Vice President Jeff Leake, who serves as CEF president, says the program has grown over the years. More than 10,000 Connecticut public school students have benefited from the holiday program since it began in 1998.

“Every year the Holiday Bear Project brings joy to many needy children who otherwise wouldn’t receive any gifts for the holidays,” said Leake.

Student organizations at public schools across the state frequently get involved by sponsoring children and buying gifts. “It’s heartwarming to see kids helping kid — doing something special for a less-fortunate child,” said Leake. “The project teaches students about philanthropy and helps prepare them to be giving adults.”

For more information, please contact CEA Vice President/CEF President Jeff Leake at

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