Elizabeth Norton Trust Fund Grants Support Several District Initiatives
Several school district programs and initiatives are underway this year thanks to a number of grants received from the local Elizabeth Norton Trust Fund.
Linden Street School music teacher Marilyn Brendel received a grant to bring the band "West End Blend" to perform at all three Plainville elementary schools. The group is a local, yet nationally recognized funk / brass band from the Hartford area. The grant helps to continue the elementary level music program's tradition of bringing in professional ensembles to provide educational performances that relate to the schools' climate, culture and community.
Plainville High School Transportation and Construction Education Instructor David Marchesani also received a grant to support the "Bike Shop" project at the high school. The Bike Shop is a collaboration among the high school's Transportation classes, the Plainville Police Department and the Plainville Community Food Pantry. Through the initiative, high school students refurbish old, discarded bicycles collected by the local police, then they are distributed to local youth through the Plainville Community Food Pantry.
District Volunteer Coordinator Sue Bradley received a grant on behalf of the +KIK (Positive Kids Influencing Kids) Peer Mentor Program. The program, in its third year, pairs Plainville High School students with eighth graders from the Middle School of Plainville to provide friendship, role modeling, and support as the middle school students prepare for the transition to high school. The high school mentors visit their middle school mentees at the Middle School throughout the school year; at the end of the school year the eighth graders visit the high school and tour the building with their peer mentors in preparation for their start as freshmen in the fall.
Plainville Adult and Continuing Education also received a grant from the Elizabeth Norton Trust to support a John Adams mini-series / instructional program to be held this spring at the Plainville Public Library. Participants will view the mini-series John Adams, and discussions and interactive lessons will follow each showing, during five, 2-hour class sessions, held on Saturdays, beginning March 4. Jill O'Brien, Adult and Continuing Education Coordinator said, "Thanks to this generous grant, and in cooperation with the Plainville Public Library, this educational program is available to the public, cost-free. GED Preparation students are encouraged to participate, accessing a supplemental resource that enhances the Social Studies curriculum." To register, please call Plainville Adult and Continuing Education (860) 793-3209.
"We are very grateful for the many programs the Norton grant funds continue to allow us to develop across the Plainville community school district," said Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Maureen Brummett.
-Posted on January 23, 2017 at 03:58 PM
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