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Still Time to Make the Holidays Brighter for CT Children in Need

Residents around Connecticut can help make the holidays brighter for children in need, CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas told iHeartRadio’s Renee DiNino in an interview that will air this Sunday but is already available online.

CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas speaks with iHeartRadio’s Renee DiNino.

Nicholas urges Connecticut residents to take part in the Holiday Bear project and sponsor one of more than 100 public school students across the state, from pre-K through grade 12, 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.

“We have children in every zip code across the state in need this holiday season,” Nicholas says. Read more

Lace Up, Give Back

Thinking about running on Team CEF at this year’s Hartford Marathon on October 12? Sign up by September 15 to save $5 on race entry, and the Hartford Marathon Foundation will donate $5 to fundraising efforts!

Register with CEF’s official charity promo code, CHARITYCEF19.

CEF, the Connecticut Education Foundation, CEA’s charitable arm, raises money to provide relief for teachers and students facing extraordinary or catastrophic personal circumstances; basic necessities for underprivileged children; and scholarships for young people entering the teaching profession.

This is CEF’s sixth year as an official charity of the Eversource Hartford Marathon, and we are looking to grow our team of volunteers as well as our participants in the various races, including the marathon, half-marathon, and 5K.

Once you’re signed up for the race, email CEA Vice President and CEF President Tom Nicholas to confirm you’re an official team member, then sign up on our crowdrise page and reach out to friends, family, and colleagues and ask for their support.

“Every donation is greatly appreciated and goes a long way toward helping students and teachers,” says Nicholas.

Want to help with the food tent, handing out water, or other race-day activities? Contact marypats@cea.org.

Anyone looking to make donations to CEF can mail checks to CEF at 21 Oak Street, Suite 500, Hartford, CT 06106.

Join Team CEF at the Hartford Marathon and Save $5 on Race Entry!

Thinking about running on Team CEF at this year’s Hartford Marathon on October 12? Sign up by September 15 to save $5 on race entry, and the Hartford Marathon Foundation will donate $5 to fundraising efforts!

Register with CEF’s official charity promo code, CHARITYCEF19.

CEF, the Connecticut Education Foundation, CEA’s charitable arm, raises money to provide relief for teachers and students facing extraordinary or catastrophic personal circumstances; basic necessities for underprivileged children; and scholarships for young people entering the teaching profession. Read more

A Day of Fellowship Raises Funds for Children in Need

Hundreds of Connecticut teachers, supporters, and CEA staff have been at the Glastonbury Hills Country Club today taking part in the 25th annual Hands Across the Green Golf Tournament—the Connecticut Education Foundation’s (CEF) fundraiser to benefit public school students in need.

CEA Vice President and CEF President Tom Nicholas and CEA President Jeff Leake both played in today’s tournament.

“The CEF golf tournament is the major fundraiser of the year that fuels CEA’s charitable arm,” says CEA Vice President and CEF President Tom Nicholas. “CEF provides public school children across the state with clothing, glasses, help with dental needs, and so much more. The fund also provides multiple scholarships for students planning careers in teaching and supports the Edward J. Boland Financial Assistance Fund, which helps teachers facing extraordinary hardships. Without the golf tournament this philanthropic work would not be possible.” Read more

Is a Marathon on Your Bucket List?

Darien teacher Katy Gale runs the Hartford Half Marathon for Team CEF

With summer vacation around the bend, it’s a great time to think about checking off an item or two on your bucket list. If running a road race is one of those goals—and even if it’s not!—consider joining teachers from across the state as they prepare to run or volunteer for Team CEF at the Eversource Hartford Marathon on October 12.

Supporting the work of the Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF), CEA’s charitable arm, Team CEF raises money to provide relief for teachers and students facing extraordinary or catastrophic personal circumstances; basic necessities for underprivileged children; and scholarships for young people entering the teaching profession.

This is CEF’s seventh year as an official charity of the Eversource Hartford Marathon, and we are looking to grow our team of volunteers as well as our participants in the various races, including the marathon, half-marathon, and 5K.

Interested in running? Save $5 on the registration fee at www.hartfordmarathon.com when you enter discount code CHARITYCEF19.

Want to help with the food tent, handing out water, or other race-day activities? Contact marypats@cea.org.

Hit the Links for Underprivileged Students

Get into the swing of things with a charity fundraiser that helps some of those nearest and dearest to your heart: your students!

The 25th annual Hands Across the Green golf tournament—Monday, July 15, 2019, at the Glastonbury Hills Country Club—is the largest fundraiser of the year for CEA’s charitable arm, the Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF). All proceeds support the Children’s Fund, which provides essentials such as clothes, eyeglasses, medicine, and school supplies for children in need.

View the 2019 Tournament Brochure.

Every school district, even in the most affluent community, has students who lack some of the resources they need, and CEF—through events like the annual golf tournament—provides a helping hand. Often, CEF steps in to assist families in an emergency, such as a South Windsor family who lost most of their possessions in a fire. Since its inception in 1994, Hands Across the Green has raised over $700,000 for children across the state.

Click here for more information about participating in the tournament or donating to CEF.

Watch How Wallingford Educators are Teaching About Giving Back During the Holidays

Wallingford social studies teacher Jean Mellor has sponsored children through the Connecticut Education Foundation’s Holiday Bear Project for several years now, and this year she’s gotten her whole school involved. So many students and teachers chose to participate that CEA’s Chip Karkos made a special stop to pick up all of the gifts.

Find Out How You Can Help a Child This Holiday Season

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.

Click here for more information, or contact Mary-Pat Soucy at marypats@cea.org.

CEA and iHeartRadio Team Up for a Brighter Holiday for Children

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

Teachers Hit the Pavement for Colleagues, Children in Need 


Braving brisk temperatures and morning showers, teachers and their families came out yesterday morning to support CEA’s charitable arm, the Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF), now in its fifth year as an official charity of the Eversource Hartford Marathon. CEF raises money to help children and educators facing extraordinary personal hardships and provides scholarships for students planning teaching careers.

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Team CEA runners are ready to go!

“For Team CEF, this is more than just a race,” says CEA Vice President and CEF President Tom Nicholas. “This is a way of teachers coming together with their energy, talents, and strengths to lift each other up and support a great cause.” Read more