C.E.S. Foundation announces mini-grant winners for 2015-16

The Cooperative Educational Services (C.E.S.) Foundation awarded 13 mini-grants to educators on Thursday, Dec. 10, during a ceremony at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield.

The Foundation provides support to C.E.S. students, teachers, and programs. During the ceremony, Foundation President Dr. Nancy Cetorelli awarded more than $8,500 in grants of varying amounts to educators in C.E.S. programs, including Six to Six Interdistrict Magnet School, Regional Center for the Arts, School Readiness preschool, and Special Education services.

Since its inception in 2007, the C.E.S. Foundation has awarded over $60,000 in mini-grants for more than 100 different proposals.

"The C.E.S. Foundation awards mini-grants to C.E.S. educators for creative and innovative proposals,” Cetorelli said. “These mini-grants provide students with unique and expanded programs that have potential for future success. The Foundation awards these grants in alignment with its mission to enhance learning opportunities for students in C.E.S. schools and programs and has been very pleased with the quality of the proposals over the past eight years."

The following are the 2015-16 mini-grant awardees and their winning proposals:

Six to Six Interdistrict Magnet School

• Jeremie Hittenmark – “Budding Makerspace”

• Gretchen DiStefano – “Finch Robots”

• Lauren Wiggins – “Just Tri”

• Cynthia Hulton and Violet Donnarummo – “Six to Six Buddy Bench”

• Angela Mathisen – “ChromeBooks: A Resource for the Resource Room”

• Kelly Montagna – “Engaging Stations”

• Lauren Basiuk – “Room to Chrome and Learn”
School Readiness
• Various staff – “Sensory Play Exploration”

• April Leahey – “Preschool STEM Kits”

• Nicole Dutton and Lisa Kleemichen – “Sense-sational Classroom”

• Cara Micalizzi and Karen Rissolo – “Buddy Bench”

Regional Center for the Arts

• Drama department staff – “Engaging in the Performing Arts and Creating Future Audiences”

Therapeutic Day Program (Special Education)

• Kimberly Garcia – “iPads to Enhance Classroom Instruction”