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Danbury Education Foundation Awards $11,000 In Grants To Teachers

Mark Boughton
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DANBURY, Conn. -- The Danbury Education Foundation recently announced the recipients of this year’s Classroom Excellence Grants for the Danbury Public Schools.

Classroom Excellence Grants are awarded to applicants who apply for aid for projects or programs that are unable to be paid for in the regular school budget. At the beginning of the 2015-16 school year, all teachers were provided the opportunity to apply for a grant.

The foundation requested applicants submit detailed project ideas in order to be considered for one of five mini-grants up to $1,500 for innovative classroom programs, in all subject areas and grades. In addition, the foundation board accepted applications for grants up to $5,000 using the same criteria. Twenty-five applications came in from various schools and for a variety of projects.

Mayor Mark Boughton explained: “The number and variety of applications we received shows us that our teachers are enthusiastic about diversifying the programs they provide their students. The Danbury Education Foundation is proud to assist our outstanding teachers through the funding of these innovative education projects.”

The foundation paid for five applicants in the $1,500 category this year. The winners of these grants are:

  • Jamie Pandolfi and Meghan Viola from Stadley Rough and Hayestown Avenue School
  • Christine Miller and Jenny Casey from Broadview Middle School
  • Phyllis Cohen, Marci Kaminski and Keshia Smith from Great Plain Elementary School
  • Brian Ho from Danbury Public Middle Schools
  • Devin Nejame Sullivan from Morris Street School

In addition, the foundation awarded one grant winner in the up to $5,000 category and offered a supplemental grant of $2,500. The winner of the up to $5,000 grant is Ashley Grenier and Stephen Furman ($3,500) from Hayestown Avenue School  A supplemental grant was given to the Danbury High School Hockey Booster and Blueliner Clubs.

The mission of the Danbury Education Foundation is to complement and enhance the educational opportunities of all students within Danbury Public Schools.

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