Elizabeth Norton Trust Fund Supports District Initiatives
A variety of school district programs and initiatives are underway this year thanks to several grants received from the local Elizabeth Norton Trust Fund.
The Plainville Family Resource Network (PFRN) received funding to support the parent workshop entitled "Conscious Discipline." According to PFRN Coordinator Donna Cavallaro, the workshop is a comprehensive social / emotional curriculum that empowers teachers, childcare providers and parents, focusing on how to interact and encourage positive behavior in children. "The Plainville Family Resource Network is grateful for this funding, which enables us to offer this valuable workshop series for the Plainville community," commented Cavallaro.
At the elementary school level, Elizabeth Norton Trust grants funded a variety of programs and initiatives. The Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports (PBIS) programs at both Toffolon and Linden Street School received funding to support student incentives to promote change in behavior and highlight positive role model behavior, while the Student Support Center at Linden also received funding. Wheeler School faculty member Michael Maznio received a grant to purchase e-Reader equipment, for students in the Connections program that supports emotional and behavioral disabilities. "I am planning to purchase electronic reading support devices such as e-Readers to eliminate some of the frustrations experienced by students including limited mobility, and to continue to motivate students to read through the use of technology," said Maznio.
At the Middle School of Plainville, Elizabeth Norton Trust grants supported several initiatives. Library Media Specialist Joyce Lynch, applied for and received a grant that will help offset fees for author Tim Green, who will visit the middle school next fall to meet with students. Green is a former Atlanta Falcons football player who has written numerous books about sports, sportsmanship, and perseverance for adults, as well as ten books for youth, including this year's Nutmeg nominee Baseball Great. The Middle School of Plainville also received a grant to support school goals that promote a safe, secure and positive learning environment, according to Dean of Students, Tom Laudadio. The grant will also support the middle school's continued work including collaboration with the Anti-Defamation League to provide a student workshop that teaches strategies to challenge bullying behaviors. In addition, funding will support PBIS work at the middle school level, and support for the Rachel's Challenge program next fall at the middle school.
At the high school level, Plainville High School Technology Education Instructor Mark Chase received a grant to continue a bicycle restoration project in collaboration with the Plainville Police Department. Through this initiative, abandoned bicycles recovered by the police force are turned over to Chase and high school students, who rebuild the bikes and donate them back to youth in the community.
The Elizabeth Norton Trust also provided funding to the Plainville Adult and Continuing Education program, which received a grant to support professional development for program staff. "We are thankful to the Elizabeth Norton Trust Fund for supporting professional development opportunities that echo the program's primary purpose - to teach and guide students to live as educated, intelligent, and responsible citizens in a diverse society," noted Coordinator Jill O’Brien.,
"We are so fortunate in Plainville to have a partner like the Elizabeth Norton Trust to help us provide quality programs for our students and families. These activities would never be possible without their support, and we cannot thank them enough for their generosity," said Superintendent of Schools, Jeffrey Kitching.
-Posted on February 27, 2013 at 11:15 AM
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