Elizabeth Norton Trust Fund Grants Support Numerous District Initiatives
Posted on 01/30/2020

A variety of school district programs and initiatives are underway this year thanks to grants received from the local Elizabeth Norton Trust Fund.

Linden Street School Music Teacher Marilyn Speranza  received a grant to have an electric violinist perform at all three Plainville elementary schools. The objective of the grant funding is to bring an authentic music experience to the elementary students in Plainville. Violinist  Caryn Lin will engage students with an electrified string performance in April. Lin’s program, The Science of Sound, will make STEAM connections – teaching students about classical music, as well as how sound is created and perceived.  Also at the elementary level, the Louis Toffolon Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization received a grant to fund two school-wide “Science Days” and Linden Street School Interim Principal Phil Sanders received a grant on behalf of the Plainville Family Resource Network for their annual Plainville Family Fun Fest event.  

At the secondary level, Middle School of Plainville School Psychologist Justine Misseri received a grant for a group of Middle and High School staff members to attend the True Colors one day annual conference. The program, which will be held at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, is the largest and most comprehensive LGBTQ and youth issues conference in the nation. Middle School Music Director Todd Helming also received a grant to bring the UConn Conn-Men Concert to the Middle School. The purpose of the program is to introduce Middle School students to acapella music through a live performance, show students how music can be part of their lives no matter what their careers are, present positive male role models, and share a positive message presented by Middle School of Plainville alumnus  Kyle Smith, a member of the performing group. Middle School Library Information Teacher Joyce Lynch received a grant to invite children’s author Leslie Connor to the Middle School. On December 5th the Middle School welcomed the Nutmeg nominated author who gave two large group presentations to all three grade levels, followed by a writer's workshop in the Middle School’s library for 32 middle school students.

District Volunteer Coordinator Sue Bradley also received a grant to secure a magician / motivational speaker for the annual Volunteer Program Mentor Night. Additionally, Plainville Adult and Continuing Education Coordinator Jill O’Brien received a grant to fund a memoir writing course. The Memory Exchange will provide opportunities for reflection within a structured, supportive environment. Participants will relive their most cherished memories from their “growing up days” via group discussions and guided writing exercises. Personal stories remembered and shared will be passed down, preserving history for future generations to treasure.   

           “The Elizabeth Norton Trust Fund provides wonderful resources to support so many creative programs that extend the opportunities and offerings throughout  Plainville Community Schools. We are fortunate that our educators have access to such a wonderful and supportive resource, and thankful for the Elizabeth Norton Trust Grant Committees efforts to make these awards possible,” said Superintendent of Schools, Steven LePage.