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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.

Teddy Bears on Ice Benefit Connecticut Students

When the Bridgeport Sound Tigers hockey team scored their first goal of the night Friday, amid the usual cheers of the hometown crowd, hundreds of teddy bears rained down onto the ice. The Sound Tigers have sponsored teddy bear tosses in the past, but this year, for the first time, the bears are going to children sponsored through the CEF Holiday Bear Project.

“It was a lot of fun. Fans were excited about the bear toss,” said CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas, who serves as president of the Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF).

Even though the Sound Tigers ended up losing 3-2 to the Hartford Wolf Pack, the teddy bear toss warmed fans’ hearts.

“We’re very grateful that the Sound Tigers are donating the more than 300 bears they received to our Holiday Bear project,” Nicholas said. Some fans brought new teddy bears they had purchased elsewhere, and others bought bears at the game.

Nicholas had a booth at the game and explained to fans that the Holiday Bear project delivers gifts and holiday cheer to Connecticut’s neediest children—students who have been nominated by teachers aware of their families’ needs.

There’s still time to sponsor a child. Find out how you can help by purchasing gifts or sending in a monetary donation.

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

Orange Students Learn About the Importance of Giving Thanks to CEA Holiday Bear Project

Orange teachers Pamela Galatioto, Jo-Anne Escandon, and Janet Greenspan pose with some of the many gifts Orange teachers, students, and families donated this holiday season.

Thanks to the generosity of Orange teachers and students and their families, children who might not have received any gifts this holiday season will now have a brighter holiday.

Members of the student council at Race Brook School recently gathered gifts donated by the entire school community and helped CEA Vice President Jeff Leake load them into a van. Leake also serves at the president of the Connecticut Education Foundation that sponsors the state-wide Holiday Bear project, which links CEA members, students and their families, community members, and businesses with needy public school students.

The annual Holiday Bear project has benefited more than 10,000 Connecticut public school students since it began in 1998.

Watch what Orange students and teachers have to say about being involved with the Holiday Bear project.

Holiday Bear Project Teaches Spirit of Giving

Social studies teacher Lil Diachenko and her Avon seventh-graders loaded up a U-Haul today with gift donations for the Holiday Bear Project.

When Holiday Bear season comes to Avon “there’s real excitement in the air,” says social studies teacher Lil Diachenko.

Diachenko and her seventh-graders today filled up a whole U-Haul truck with gift donations from across the Avon Public Schools. Homeroom teachers, student clubs, educators, and families work together every year to purchase, compile and wrap presents for students around Connecticut who otherwise might not receive any gifts this season. 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!

Help a Child this Holiday Season

Winter boots, a shirt, and a book. Those items were on one young girl’s holiday wish list last year, but this girl’s parents, like so many others in Connecticut, were facing tough economic times, struggling to put food on the table, and unable to provide holiday gifts for their children.

Fortunately, the little girl had a Holiday Bear sponsor who made her holiday bright by providing her with what she asked for and so much more.

The Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF) Holiday Bear gift-giving project brings CEA members, the public, and businesses together to provide gifts to hundreds of disadvantaged public school children during the holiday season.

You and your colleagues can make a difference in the lives of hundreds of public school children throughout Connecticut this holiday season by participating in the program. Read more

Help Students in Need through Holiday Bear Project

Picture of students and teachers around a Christmas tree.

Students and staff from Amity High School are one of many groups that has participated in the Holiday Bear Project — a gift program for needy students. Students purchased and wrapped their donated gifts, then delivered them to CEA. 

You can make a difference in the lives of Connecticut public school children by participating in the 2012 Holiday Bear Project, sponsored by CEA’s charitable organization, the Connecticut Education Foundation(CEF).

You can help by:

  1. Sponsoring a child by purchasing gifts.
  2. Donating money toward gifts or purchasing gift certificates.

Anyone can sponsor a child or donate money, and sponsorships and donations are accepted throughout the project. Click here for more about the Holiday Bear Project.

Checks should be made payable to CEF-Holiday Bear Project. Note in the memo line the intent of the contribution, and CEF will then use the contribution as designated. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Helping More Kids

CEA Vice President Jeff Leake, who serves as CEF president, says the program has grown over the years. More than 10,000 Connecticut public school students have benefited from the holiday program since it began in 1998.

“Every year the Holiday Bear Project brings joy to many needy children who otherwise wouldn’t receive any gifts for the holidays,” said Leake.

Student organizations at public schools across the state frequently get involved by sponsoring children and buying gifts. “It’s heartwarming to see kids helping kid — doing something special for a less-fortunate child,” said Leake. “The project teaches students about philanthropy and helps prepare them to be giving adults.”

For more information, please contact CEA Vice President/CEF President Jeff Leake at jeffl@cea.org.

Help Students in Need Through Holiday Bear Project

Picture of students and teachers around a Christmas tree.

Students and staff from Amity High School are one of many groups which has participated in the Holiday Bear project -- a gift program for needy students. Students purchased and wrapped their donated gifts, then delivered them to CEA.

You can make a difference in the lives of Connecticut public school children by participating in the 2011 Holiday Bear Project, sponsored by CEA’s charitable organization, the Connecticut Education Foundation(CEF).

You can help by:

  1. Nominating a child from your school district to receive gifts. Nominations are due tomorrow, October 14, and may only come from CEA members.
  2. Sponsoring a child by purchasing gifts.
  3. Donating money toward gifts or purchasing gift certificates.

Anyone can sponsor a child or donate money, and sponsorships and donations are accepted throughout the project.

Checks should be made payable to CEF-Holiday Bear Project. Note in the memo line the intent of the contribution, and CEF will then use the contribution as designated. Contributions are tax deductible.

Helping More Kids

CEA Vice President Sheila Cohen, who serves as CEF president, says the program has grown through the years, due to the economic situation in the state and financial hardships facing many Connecticut families.

“Each year we set out to help 500 students, and for the past few years, that number has more than doubled,” said Cohen. “Last year more than 1,300 children received holiday gifts, and we hope to receive enough gifts to help that many, if not more children, this year.”

More than 10,000 Connecticut public school students have benefited from the holiday program since it began in 1998.

“Every year the Holiday Bear Project brings out the true spirit of the season — giving and providing joy to so many needy children,” said Cohen. “Our teachers see the needs of these children every day and can put a smile on their faces and make a difference in their students’ lives by nominating them to receive gifts for the holidays.”

Dozens of student organizations at public schools across the state also get involved by sponsoring children and buying gifts. “It’s heartwarming to see kids helping kid — doing something special for a less-fortunate child,” said Cohen. “The project teaches students about philanthropy and helps prepare them to be giving adults.”

Cohen, who is an avid shopper, says, “When it’s about kids in need, it’s the most gratifying shopping experience you can imagine. You just want to buy everything for these kids and help brighten their holiday.”

For more information, please contact CEA Vice President/CEF President Sheila Cohen at sheilac@cea.org.