Music therapy makes a big difference for her students, which is why ACES teacher Jaime Plancon is excited to have some extra funds to purchase instruments thanks to a grant from California Casualty.
Plancon, a music therapist, works at ACES Village School—a school for pre-K through eighth grade students with cognitive, physical, behavioral, language, and medical challenges. She says that music is an important tool to facilitate functional learning for her students.
ACES music therapist Jaime Plancon with ACES Education Association President Bill Jacobs.
Each class at the Village School receives music therapy for 30 minutes once a week, and Plancon also directs a choir for verbal students who are interested in participating and leads a community drum circle once a month.
Because of the population she serves, Plancon says, “I need a lot of adaptive instruments and technology that can enhance the therapy experience.” Read more
Educators from every corner of the state came together at CEA’s first-ever teacher tailgate party this weekend at UConn football’s homecoming game. More than 100 teachers, friends, and family members enjoyed breakfast, music, a fan photo booth, and games of KanJam, cornhole, and ladder golf.
“Teachers do so much, and we’re happy to support them,” said Marie Gull, field marketing manager with NEA-endorsed insurer California Casualty, the event’s sponsor. Read more
Don’t miss the CEA Teacher Appreciation Day on Saturday, October 19, as the UConn Huskies face Houston at Rentschler Field! Get your choice of discounted seats with promo code CEA, and your discount will automatically apply.
CEA members may bring up to three guests with them to a Teacher Tailgate Tent before the homecoming game, which starts at noon. Enjoy pregame festivities as well as complimentary food and soft drinks courtesy of California Casualty.
The tailgate is free, but you must register in advance to reserve your spots.
Mystic Middle School teacher and Stonington High Crew Coach Bruce Yarnall and Mystic Middle School Principal Tim Smith receive the athletic grant.
Crew has a reputation as being a sport for the wealthy, but Stonington High School girls crew coach Bruce Yarnall says that he finds it’s a sport that opens up opportunity for students of all backgrounds.
“One of the great things about crew is that everyone comes in ninth grade not knowing anything; all the students are starting as beginners,” says Yarnall, a Mystic Middle School special education teacher.
He adds that it’s an especially important opportunity for students who haven’t yet found a sport they enjoy and may struggle with the hand-eye coordination that many more popular sports require.
“It allows kids who don’t generally like ball sports to compete and be part of a team,” Yarnall says. During the fall and spring, approximately 90 Stonington students row. Read more
David Jurewicz, a technology teacher and the Head Football Coach at Crosby High School in Waterbury, poses with Principal Jade Gopie after receiving a California Casualty Athletics Grant last spring.
Have sports programs at your school been impacted by inadequate budgets?
Public high school and middle schools sports teams in need of financial help can score up to $3,000 for their sports programs with a California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant. California Casualty, provider of the NEA® Auto & Home Insurance Program, provides grants to offset budget cuts that have affected middle and high school athletics.
Click here for details and entry forms. Applications must be received by January 15, 2019 for consideration for the 2018-2019 school year. Read more
The football equipment necessary to ensure students’ safety can be expensive, and in a district like Waterbury, funding for sports programs is in short supply. “I fill out a lot of funding applications from all kinds of sources, and I often don’t hear back,” says Crosby High School Head Football Coach David Jurewicz, a technology education teacher at the school.
The Waterbury Teachers Association member was therefore thrilled today when, at what he thought was to be a routine staff meeting, he was surprised with a $1,000 athletic grant from California Casualty.
“This is going to help the team out tremendously,” says Jurewicz. “It will go a long way toward getting us the equipment we need.”
A technology teacher and the Head Football Coach at Crosby High School in Waterbury, David Jurewicz poses with Principal Jade Gopie next to student artwork depicting the school’s mascot.
Whitney High School East/West teachers Bill Jacobs and Matt Rice were excited last year to receive an athletics grant from California Casualty that allowed them to purchase uniforms and equipment for their school’s softball team.
Public high schools and middle schools in need of financial help can score up to $3,000 for their sports programs with a California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant. California Casualty, provider of the NEA® Auto & Home Insurance Program, is providing grants to offset budget cuts that have affected middle and high school athletics. Click here for details and entry forms. Applications must be received by January 15, 2017 for consideration for the 2016/2017 year.
Thanks to a California Casualty Athletics Grant, Whitney High School East/West in Hamden last school year was able to purchase uniforms and equipment for special education students playing on a school softball team. Physical education teacher Matt Rice said the grant allowed his students to “participate in activities that they otherwise wouldn’t have any way to access.” Read more