Hundreds of schoolchildren across the state facing extraordinary hardships will receive a helping hand—as will minority students planning on entering the teaching profession—thanks to a generous donation from Dalio Philanthropies.
The organization donated $40,000 to the Connecticut Education Foundation’s (CEF) Children’s Fund, which provides disadvantaged public school students across the state with many of the necessities that their own families cannot afford, including clothing, eyeglasses, and medicine. CEF also awards scholarships to minority students pursuing teaching careers.
“We are grateful for the generous donation from Dalio Philanthropies,” said CEF President Tom Nicholas. “The funds will build on the success of the Connecticut Education Foundation’s commitment to changing lives for the better by allowing us to further our reach and provide assistance to more students in need across the state. We know that students cannot learn if their basic needs are not met. That is why teachers turn to the Children’s Fund for help, and that is why the Dalio Philanthopries’ support of CEF is so deeply appreciated.” Read more
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
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.