District Awards Inaugural Innovation in Education Foundation Grant
toffolon school logo Plainville Community Schools awarded its first “Innovation in Education Foundation” grant to Louis Toffolon Elementary School faculty members Rob Siliman and Mike Zaba, for a “Community Garden” project, according to Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Maureen Brummett.
The $1,000 grant will fund eight additional garden boxes to expand the current number of raised beds for growing flowers and vegetables at Toffolon School. The initial garden beds began as a Toffolon fifth grade Makerspace initiative. Students researched planting, growing and building, and also developed blueprints for the first group of raised bed planters. The original blue prints will be used to build the additional garden boxes funded by the grant. Interested Toffolon classes will adopt the raised beds for a year at a time. Planting, watering, and caring for the garden will be a collaborative effort with classes, families and the community participating.
The Plainville Community Schools’ Innovation in Education Foundation was established earlier this year thanks to a generous donation from the Fitzgibbon Endowment. Grants will be made annually to support students, teaching and learning. Donations to the Innovation In Education Foundation allow for student, teacher and staff grants to fund innovative projects, programs and initiatives. Donations to the foundation may be made directly via the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain’s website at: http://www.cfgnb.org/
“The grant committee and I were thrilled to fund our first ever Innovation in Education grant. We had many excellent submissions, so it was not an easy choice. I am excited to see the Community Garden continue to expand at Toffolon,” noted Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Maureen Brummett.