About the C.E.S. Foundation
The C.E.S. Foundation was created in 2007 with the mission of enhancing learning opportunities for students of C.E.S. educational programs, including enrichment grants to C.E.S. educators. Since inception, the C.E.S. Foundation has awarded more than $83,000 in mini-grants for C.E.S. programs and has distributed more than $85,000 to support full program initiatives for C.E.S. schools and programs.
Applicants go through a rigorous application process and give both oral and written evaluations to the Board of Directors annually. The classroom-based mini-grants are designed to foster creativity and extend the classroom learning experiences beyond the regular curriculum. The program grants encourage full school or program experimentation and research in best and promising practices that not only enhance the learning opportunities for students in C.E.S. schools and programs but also may be shared with C.E.S. member districts.
Once the success of either the mini-grants or the program grants have been demonstrated, it is expected that the concepts and experiences will be embedded in the regular operating budget.
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Come Together Fundraiser Was a Hit
Thanks to everyone who made our annual fundraiser a big success
The Foundation held its annual fundraising event March 24 at Mill River Country Club in Stratford. The theme this year wa Come Together: A Tribute to the Beatles, featuring entertainment by the band The Two of Us and British fare for dinner. Click here to see photos in the slideshow above in a Facebook album.
C.E.S. Foundation Awards 17 Mini-Grants
The Cooperative Educational Services (C.E.S.) Foundation has awarded 17 mini-grants to C.E.S. educators, totaling close to $10,000 in support of programs and classroom initiatives in 2017-18. The Foundation exists to support educational efforts through grants to teachers, administrators, and other education professionals. The next round of program grants will be selected in January 2018. Board President Nancy Cetorelli distributed grants to recipients in November following a review of applications. The 2017-18 grants support student field trips, healthy living and exercise initiatives, STEAM classrooms, and more. Grants ranged from $250 to $750. Click to see a list of mini-grants.
Program Grants from the C.E.S. Foundation
Past funding included purchase of iPads to be used by autistic children for literacy development and curriculum support in the Special Education division and for students with learning needs at Six to Six Magnet School. Other program grants have gone to the School Readiness program to support science and music education and to fund the purchase of materials for a social development curriculum. Six to Six also used grants to expand its literacy initiatives. The Regional Center for the Arts received several grants to support bringing in professional artists from a variety of artistic genres to provide students with real world experiences including improvisation, script writing, dance, musical composition and dance. Typical grants range from $1,000 to $5,000 or more depending on the number of students impacted and the potential for success. Click to read more.