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Hit the Links for Underprivileged Students

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

The 24th annual Hands Across the Green golf tournament—Monday, July 16, 2018, 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.

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 last year. Since its inception in 1994, Hands Across the Green has raised nearly $700,000 for children across the state.

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

The Wheels on the Bus Go Read, Read, Read

CEA Executive Director Donald Williams visits Putnam Elementary School, where students chose their own books to take home and share with their families.

This morning kicked off the Connecticut Education Foundation’s 2018 Read Across America Reading Bus Tour, featuring a 38-foot bus decorated with characters from popular Dr. Seuss books and outfitted with bookshelves, benches, carpeting, and 3,000 donated books.

Sponsored by CEF, the nonprofit arm of the Connecticut Education Association, the weeklong literacy event includes guest readers, costumed characters, literacy activities, and new books for nearly 1,000 students.

The colorful bus, which made its first stop at Putnam Elementary School this morning, visits a new town in northeastern Connecticut each day this week, moving next to Thompson, Brooklyn, Sterling, Killingly, and Plainfield. Read more

East Lyme Kindergartners Make the Holidays Brighter for Others

Thanks to the efforts of their teachers and parents, kindergarten students at Flanders Elementary School in East Lyme had the opportunity to find out how good it feels to give this holiday season. Through the Holiday Bear Project kindergarten teachers at Flanders organized their students to purchase gifts for thirteen needy children who attend another Connecticut school.

The Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF), CEA’s charitable arm, runs the Holiday Bear Project every fall to assist families who otherwise wouldn’t be able to provide holiday gifts for their children.

Kindergarten teacher Caryn Novick said her students got a lot out of participating in the Holiday Bear Project.

“As the donations came in, the kids really enjoyed watching the bags get bigger and bigger,” she said. “They were very excited to see all of the toys and clothes.”

CEA Vice President and CEF President Jeff Leake went to East Lyme to collect the wrapped donations.

“The kindergartners were excited to be part of the Holiday Bear Project and excited to be watching their packages leave,” Leake said. “It was really a great morning.”

Thank you to all the teachers and students around Connecticut who participated in the Holiday Bear Project this year and helped make the holidays brighter for over 500 children!

CEA Members Excited To Be Part of Hartford Marathon

Darien teacher Katy Gale,

Darien teacher Katy Gale waves as she starts out on the Hartford Half Marathon.

CEA members hit the pavement at the 23rd annual Eversource Hartford Marathon today, but not all the teachers had their running shoes on—many volunteered their time in support of the Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF) and local charities.

“For the teachers, it’s not just about running in the race, but participating in a worthy cause,” said CEA Vice President and CEF President Jeff Leake.

“Joining Team CEF as a runner or volunteer gives teachers the opportunity to be part of the Connecticut Education Foundation’s fundraising efforts, while also assisting charities around Hartford,” said Leake. Read more

Donate to Support Children and Teachers in Need

CEA Secretary Stephanie Wanzer has run the Hartford Marathon on behalf of Team CEA

CEA Secretary Stephanie Wanzer will be running the Hartford Marathon on behalf of Team CEF for the third time this year.

Teachers are lacing up their running shoes for the Hartford Marathon October 8 to support a good cause—and they need your help. Teachers are running on Team CEF to raise money for children and teachers in need and would greatly appreciate donations to the Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF).

CEF is CEA’s charitable arm, and helps children and teachers with extraordinary personal hardships as well as students planning teaching careers. (Read more about the foundation here.) This is CEF’s third year as an Official Charity of the Eversource Hartford Marathon.

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

Every donation is greatly appreciated and goes a long way toward helping students and teachers. CEF prefers donations via check to avoid online fees. You can send a check made out to CEF with a note for which runner you are sponsoring. Mail it to Jeff Leake, CEA, 21 Oak Street, Suite 500, Hartford, CT 06106. Or you can donate online to support a runner by clicking here.


If You’re a Teacher and a Marathon Runner, Listen Up

The Connecticut Education Foundation has been named

The Connecticut Education Foundation has been named an Official Charity for the 2014 NU Hartford Marathon.

Teachers and others who are marathon runners are buzzing about today’s announcement that Northeast Utilities (NU) is the new title sponsor of the Hartford Marathon.

But we’re hoping you’ll help us spread the news that CEA’s charitable arm, the Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF), has been selected as an Official Charity for the 2014 NU Hartford Marathon.

CEF President Jeff Leake says, “We are so pleased to get this designation for CEF. Our next job is to interest marathon participants in running to raise funds for the often needy and always deserving children, teachers, and scholarship recipients that CEF helps.”

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Give a Child a Helping Hand: Register for the Hands Across the Green Golf Tournament

CEA members enjoy a bright, sunny day at the 2010 Hands Across the Green Golf Tournament.

What are you doing July 11? If you’re a golfer and you’re not yet signed up for the Connecticut Education Foundation’s (CEF) Hands Across the Green Golf Tournament, register today.  The golf tournament is the primary fund-raising event for the CEF Children’s Fund, which supports children experiencing extraordinary hardships.

The Hands Across the Green Tournament takes place at Glastonbury Hills Country Club. Space is still available for morning play, and local associations are encouraged to sponsor a hole for the tournament. The cost of the sponsorship is $100.  The tournament brochure and sponsor form can be found here.

Sheila Cohen, CEA vice president and president of the CEF, says, “Our golf tournaments have raised over $450,000 and the CEF has distributed that money to assist over 2,100 public school students. The Fund is a vital resource for teachers looking to help students most in need.”

She continues, “During 2010-11 for example, the Fund provided teachers with grants to purchase such items as medicine, medical supplies, eyeglasses, special transportation, clothing, school supplies, and hearing aids for children. Unfortunately, there were many home fires this year, and the Fund was able to provide immediate resources to those affected children. Grants from the Fund are sent directly to teachers so they can use the money to help lessen the effects of some adverse, and often heartbreaking, personal circumstances experienced by students and their families.”

Bernie Schreiber, a retired Ashford teacher, has been involved with the tournament since its beginning.  He enjoys the tournament and has a great time every year. “The biggest factor is the good it does for needy children,” he says.  “It’s worth every penny. Kids who can’t get assistance from other sources get help from The Children’s Fund.”

Schreiber has seen how the fund benefits children firsthand. When he taught in Ashford a family there lost their home in a fire, and the children were able to receive assistance from The Children’s Fund.

If you have questions about the tournament, or if you are not a golfer but would like to support the Fund, contact Mary Behrens at

Brighten a Child’s Holiday – Participate in the Holiday Bear Project

Picture of students and teachers around a Christmas tree.

Students and staff from Amity High School participating in the Holiday Bear project, a gift program for needy students.

This year the Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF), CEA’s charitable organization, is again sponsoring the Holiday Bear Project. This project brings CEA members, the public, businesses, and needy public school students together during the holiday season.

Emily Taylor, a social worker at Helen Street School in Hamden, has been involved with Holiday Bear for many years.  She sees what a great help Holiday Bear is to families in her community.

Listen to Taylor speaking about why Holiday Bear is so important to needy children and families. (1 minute 23 seconds)

This year five hundred children throughout the state will benefit from this program.  Sponsor forms will be accepted on an ongoing basis until all nominated children have sponsors.

For more information, please contact CEA Vice President/CEF President Sheila Cohen at

CEF Celebrates 15th Annual Golf Tournament

Cromwell Education Association members take part in the CT Education Foundation's 15th Annual Hand's Across the Green Golf Tournament.

Education Association of Cromwell members take part in the CT Education Foundation’s 15th Annual Hands Across the Green Golf Tournament.

Yesterday 2oo CEA members and other education supporters took part in the Connecticut Education Foundation’s (CEF) 15th Annual Hands Across the Green Golf Tournament.  This year’s tournament took place at Glastonbury Hills Country Club.

The golf tournament supports the CEF Children’s Fund, which assists needy students in Connecticut’s public schools by providing them with basic  needs they lack. These needs may include clothes, eyeglasses, and hearing aids. The absence thereof can create obstacles to learning for these children.

CEF, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, charitable organization established by the Connecticut Education Association in 1991, administers The Children’s Fund.

First place net winners of the 2009 CEF Golf Tournament were Stonington Education Association members Art Howe Jr., Tim Chokas, Manny MacDonald, and Billy Yuhas.

First place net winners of the 2009 CEF Golf Tournament were Stonington Education Association members Art Howe Jr., Tim Chokas, Manny MacDonald, and Billy Yuhas.

Stonington Education Association members (at right) took first place net, and Jeremy Klein and Bob Borkowski of Merrill Lynch won first place gross.

Did you attend the golf tournament?  How do you think it went?

See more photos from yesterday’s tournament.

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