Foundation Grants and Activities

Over $700,000 has been distributed through the foundation’s grant program since its inception, thanks to the generosity of Glastonbury’s families and businesses.

SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

Center for Robotics, Engineering, Science, and Technology (CREST) lab – Granted $100,000 in June 2016 for a state of the art “Center for Robotics, Engineering, Science, and Technology” (CREST) lab that will be established at Glastonbury High School scheduled for a fall 2017 opening. It will provide Glastonbury students the opportunity to explore and learn new and innovative technologies and practices in science and engineering which is directly aligned with the mission of the Glastonbury Education Foundation.   The lab was designed with two main goals in purpose. First, to provide students the opportunity to improve their problem solving and critical thinking skills while applying real world applications to identify solutions. The second goal was to increase awareness of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) career options and to create interest in those fields. PEEK INTO THE CREST LAB>>

Hopewell Learning Commons – Granted $10,000 in 2016 to transform the library at Hopewell Elementary School into a unique space where technology will be utilized to create and solve problems by the kindergartners through 5th graders. Computer science, robotics, engineering, video creation and computer programming will all play a vital role as students engage their creativity and real life problem solving skills. Students will be able to print 3D structures, produce movies while gaining knowledge about video and creation skills and will also learn the Blockly computer programming language.

Makerspace – Granted $19,950 to fund a Makerspace at Naubuc Elementary School for school and community use. The Makerspace will allow students to collaboratively use various tools, technologies, and materials to innovate, invent, engineer, and creatively problem solve real world problems using a hands-on approach.

G-REC – Granted $16,661 to fund the inaugural year of the Glastonbury Robotics and Engineering Club (G-REC) for students in grades 1-8. The club will support teams at each grade level who will compete in the LEGO FIRST robotics competition.

iPads and Applications in Special Education – Granted $20,115 in 2013 to fund iPads, applications and training for use by K-8 special education teachers, speech and language specialists and school psychologists and their respective students. This technology will provide students with alternate representations of knowledge, text highlighting, text to speech, and behavioral modeling. It will also allow students to work and learn independently beside their peers in the classroom.

GHS Phone App – Granted $2,500 in 2013 to develop a phone app for students, staff and community members to download free on an iPhone or Android device. The app will provide easier access to relevant information from GHS such as calendars, push notifications, newsfeeds, contacts, documents, quick links, and a tip line.

Glastonbury Planetarium – In 2012, granted $27,500 to provide educational programming for the new planetarium located at the Glastonbury East Hartford Elementary Magnet School. This grant also included funding for a presentation by a speaker from NASA. The planetarium programming will be available to all students and the public by late spring of 2013.

Smith Middle School Courtyard Classroom – In 2011, granted $6,000 to fund phase two of this outdoor learning space developed in partnership with Glastonbury Partners in Planting, B&B Landscaping, and Smith Middle School students and parent volunteers. The grant will provide materials and equipment that will reinforce student learning in math, science, technology, foods and consumer sciences, reading and writing. Students will study and be exposed to a solar powered mower, grow lettuce and herbs in a raised bed, select plants and shrubs that link to curriculum areas, showcase their skills on the performance patio, and have outdoor classroom space for learning.

Smith Middle School Auditorium Sound System Upgrade – In 2011, granted $26,299 to fund a much needed sound system upgrade to provide high quality reproduction of voice and music in a natural audible manner. This auditorium is used by teachers for student learning, debates and presentations, for student performances and concerts, and for community drama productions, meetings, and lectures among other events. The new sound system will bring significant improvements to the listening experience of audience members.

Classroom Response System – In 2011, granted $24,500 to fund a Classroom Response System for all Glastonbury High School seniors to use in the mandatory lecture hall style Current Issues class. This technology is widely used in colleges and select high schools across the country. It allows students to electronically interact with teachers, so teachers can actively engage students and immediately asses learning.

Greenhouse – In 2009 and 2010 granted $156,000 to fund the construction of an 800 sq. ft. greenhouse at Gideon Welles School. This hands-on laboratory will support instruction and experimentation within the sixth grade Life Sciences curriculum. It will also provide growing space for community groups and extra curricular activities.

Television Production Studio – In 2007, funded the installation of a $160,000 state-of-the-art television production center at Glastonbury High School for school and community use.

Classroom Audio Enhancement Technology – Funded a $13,000 pilot program that improved student classroom participation and performance. The success of this program led the Board of Education to install this technology in every first grade classroom.

Interwrite SchoolPads and LCD Projectors – Funded a $17,500 pilot program for Interwrite SchoolPads and LCD projectors, learning tools that improve interaction between teachers and students. The success of this program led to the distribution of this technology throughout the school district.

ART/LANGUAGE

Soaring Eagle Recording Studio – Granted $8,000 in 2013 to purchase essential recording equipment for a recording studio to be housed at Naubuc Elementary School. The studio will place Glastonbury on the forefront of music education in the 21st century buy offering an innovative and integrated music program that aims to engage every student and aligns with the Glastonbury music curriculum and the National Standards in Music Education. Students, ensembles, instructors and community members (through the Community Use program) will be able to record and share compositions and performances. Teachers will also use the studio to record and share songs for educational purposes in support of the district’s PBIS initiative (positive behavior intervention and support).

Unified Theater – In 2011, provided a $6,000 grant to fund the Unified Theater program at Smith Middle School and to launch the program at Glastonbury High School. Unified Theater brings students with disabilities together with their typical peers to create all aspects of a performance. Students work together in a safe, supportive environment that promotes learning, growth, creativity, sharing, leadership opportunities, and socialization. It is a unique developmental program that culminates in a student led, simple, high energy performance that showcases the abilities of all students.

Americans Who Tell the Truth – Funded a public exhibit at Smith Middle School in 2009 of painter Robert Shetterly’s portraits of great Americans included in his book, Americans Who Tell the Truth. The program culminated with Shetterly working with students as an artist in residence and giving a free public presentation.

50 Years of Russian Celebration – Funded a community performance by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra of Russian compositions along with several cultural activities to recognize Glastonbury Public School’s unprecedented 50 year history of teaching the Russian language.

HISTORY/ SOCIOLOGY

Veterans Day Museum Display – Granted $3,000 in 2013 to create a museum quality experience that gives visitors an understanding of the sacrifice veterans made for our freedom and the historical significance of the various wars. The museum will be housed in the Glastonbury High School library and open to students, staff, and the community.

Ambassador Andrew Young Appearance – Granted $15,000 to fund a presentation by Ambassador Andrew Young, one of the architects of the civil rights movement, at the MLK Community Initiative’s 2011 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration. This free community event was held at Glastonbury High School.

Doris Kearns Goodwin Appearance – In 2006, funded an address by Pulitzer Prize winning author and world renowned historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, at Glastonbury High School on the topic of leadership.

Michael Nerney Workshops – In 2006, provided funding for Michael Nerney, a nationally known expert of adolescent brain development, to speak with parents and social service professionals and hold teacher workshops.

HEALTH/WELLNESS

Let Your Teens Go Without Losing Them Presentation – Granted $2,000 in 2014 to Glastonbury Alcohol and Drug Council to fund presentation to parents and their teens on making safe decisions and the importance of communication and support.

Matter of Balance Initiative – Granted $2,100 in 2014 to Glastonbury Senior Services to fund educational workshops and yoga and Tai Chi classes designed to help seniors achieve confidence in their balance and reduce fear of falling.

“Be the Key” Teen Safe Driving Campaign – Granted $5,000 in 2014 to fund the implementation of an awareness and education program to increase knowledge and compliance of the CT Graduated Teen Driving laws.  The goal of the program is to achieve zero teen car crash deaths for teen drivers and passengers in 2014 in Glastonbury.

Teen Safe Driving Presentation – Sponsored a free community talk in February of 2014 by Tim Hollister and Garry Lapidus about the importance and rationale behind the Graduated Licensing Laws for teen drivers.  The program provided critical information to help prevent and minimize motor vehicle crashes and injury.

Naubuc Backpack Food Program – Granted $10,000 in 2013 to provide nutritious food to children who would otherwise go without adequate amounts of food or nourishment during weekends and extended breaks from school. This pilot program will be evaluated for a system-wide implementation in the future.

Wellness Across America – Granted $6,950 to implement a nutrition education program delivered by physical education teachers in all Glastonbury elementary schools beginning in the fall of 2012.

COMMUNITY

Back to School Program – Granted $5,000 in 2015 to Glastonbury Human Services to fund backpacks and school supplies for families in need.

Auditorium Acoustical Improvements – Granted $20,000 and partnered with Glastonbury Friends for Music in 2013 to significantly improve the acoustics in the Glastonbury High School auditorium.  Audience members will experience uniformly clearer and more amplified sound in all auditorium seating sections.

Demystifying the College Admissions Process – Sponsored a free public presentation and address to the Glastonbury High School senior class by renowned high school guidance counselor Gwyeth “Smitty” Smith in October of 2013.

GHS Alumni Connections
– Partnered with the Board of Education to develop the first alumni directory of Glastonbury High School students, and created an online home for alumni to connect with each other, organize reunions, and support their alma mater.

Bill Landers Memorial Scholarships – Established a scholarship in honor of the late Bill Landers, a former board member of the Glastonbury Education Foundation, and beloved Glastonbury citizen. Two $1,000 scholarships are awarded each spring to GHS seniors who will attend one of the Connecticut State University System schools.

Directory of Service Organizations and Clubs – Published a directory to encourage the evaluation of community funding strategies and collaboration between Glastonbury community groups.

Small Grants – Funded educationally-based small grants to organizations that support families and children: Glastonbury ABC House, Nayaug Playscape Fund, Glastonbury Alcohol and Drug Council, Glastonbury Social Services, Glastonbury Youth & Family Services, and the Kenneth Joyce Foundation. The foundation also paid to refurbish donated computers and monitors to distribute to Glastonbury school children without computer access.

RECOGNITION

Named 2007 Outstanding Education Foundation of the Year by the Connecticut Consortium of Education Foundations.