Teacher Kelly Shea greets community members at Enfield’s Family Fun Festival, where teachers distributed 1,400 free children’s books.
Enfield’s teachers are on a mission to create bookworms in their community.
For the second year in a row, the Enfield Teachers’ Association (ETA) is adding to local families’ libraries through its community outreach efforts.
After the ETA put out a request for books, teachers collected 1,410 gently used titles for young children and adolescents through teacher donations as well as leftovers from the library of a recently closed school. The ETA beat last year’s inaugural record of 1,000 books collected.
Teachers were able to round up the books within two weeks, said Prudence Crandall School teacher and building rep Kelly Shea, who chaired the event. Over four nights, volunteers sorted the selections by grade level and genre and packed trios of books into large Ziploc bags labeled with the age range. The packets, suitable for kindergarten through high school, were handed out to children and families in late September at Enfield’s Family Fun Festival. Read more
CEA Student Program members from around Connecticut spent a day and a half cleaning, repairing, and improving Bassick High School in Bridgeport earlier this fall.
Over 100 future educators from around Connecticut will be giving up their Saturday tomorrow to come together for professional learning and networking opportunities at the CEA Student Program (CEA-SP) Fall Conference. CEA-SP members have been busy planning the conference, but it’s only one of a variety of projects the group has already undertaken this fall.
Members say that coming together with fellow students through the CEA-SP provides crucial support and helps prepare them for the classroom.
“The CEA Student Program has given me so many phenomenal opportunities—it provides exactly what was missing from my teacher prep program,” said CEA-SP State Chair Megan McCauley, a student at Western. Read more