Our 2014 Sponsors
Welcome New Board Members!
At the Naugatuck Education Foundation annual meeting, held on June 26th, Lori Czajkowski and Anna Merrill, both of Naugatuck, were elected to the Board of Directors for a three year term.
Czajkowski is the Healthy Initiatives Director and Residence Coordinator at the Naugatuck YMCA. She is also an exercise coordinator and avid runner. She has volunteered her time for many local racing programs in town and will sit on the Ion Bank St. Patrick’s Day Road Race committee. Additionally, she has two sons in the Naugatuck school system.
Merrill is a clerk at Naugatuck Valley Savings and Loan and attends Naugatuck Valley Community College, where she is studying towards a degree in early childhood education. She is also involved with Rotary International in their Youth Exchange Program and has worked in the Interact and New Generations programs as well.
“We’re delighted to add both Lori and Anna to our board. Lori’s experience with road races will be invaluable for us and her position at the YMCA will help us improve our partnership efforts with the organization. Anna is a recent Naugatuck High School graduate and we look forward to having her help foster a stronger relationship between the faculty and alumni of the Naugatuck schools” said Matt Fortney, NEF Chairman.
Our Spotlight Sponsor for May is our platinum sponsor, Ion Bank.
For more than 143 years, community support has been a fundamental part of Ion Bank’s mission. They strongly believe in contributing to the betterment of the communities th...ey serve by supporting the economic well-being and quality of life that helps enrich all of our lives. Ion Bank and the Ion Bank Foundation partner with non-profit organizations by providing direct support to make our communities a better place in which to live, work and prosper. In 2013, Ion Bank donated $187,000.00 in public relations funds to local organizations for a variety of causes. The Ion Bank Foundation set a new giving record awarding grants totaling over $498,000, which is a 19% increase from 2012.
Ion Bank employees take this commitment to heart as well, donating more than 6,900 hours of time to local non-profit and charitable organizations in 2013.
They actively encourage their employees to volunteer their time and make a difference by helping local community and non-profit organizations. Their dedication is a key component to Ion Bank’s active role in supporting these invaluable organizations. They are proud of the impact that their bank and its employees have on enriching the lives of people in our local communities.
Ion Bank Foundation, through annual contributions to a wide range of organizations, has made a difference in the communities they serve in a variety of areas including health, education, economic development, human services and the arts. The 2013 grant total brings the Foundation’s all-time total of grants awarded to $4.83 million since its creation in 1998. It is the goal of the Foundation to give approximately 5% of its endowment each year to local non-profit organizations. The Foundation believes that reinvesting in the communities is their most important duty as a mutual bank. Their vision is to build a legacy of good works and to preserve funds to continue those good works in perpetuity.
Our thanks to Ion Bank for supporting excellence in education!
Our 2014 Grants Award Ceremony
On April 24th, attendees in a packed Neary Ballroom got their first look at our six grant projects for 2014.
The Western Drama Club, one of our first grant winners, sang a number from their production of The Wizard of Oz. We also heard an update on the Epic Tales afterschool arts program and the Andrew Ave. greenhouse, both grant recipients from last year.
It was a pleasure to see the excitement on the faces of all our winners this year and we're looking forward to big things from all the teachers involved. A special thank you to all our sponsors. Without their support, we would not be able to fund all of our projects!
We are pleased to announce our 2013-14 Grant Recipients
Carolyn Mucci (Hillside)- Moving Beyond Book Reports: Book Trailers
Deborah Wilson (Salem)- Book Creators Club
Lt Col Valerie Lofland & MSgt Gary Morrone (High School ROTC)- Flight Simulator Stations
Robert Buckmiller, Tony Loomis, Lisa Green & Sean Dunn (High School)- The Key to Cardio
Alison Stephens (City Hill)- Seaperch Robotics After School Club
Maureen Greene & Karie Stango (Hillside)- Technology Math Stations
Our Grant Awards ceremony will be held April 24th at 4pm in the Neary Room on Church St. Space is limited. Please RSVP to Naugatuckeducationfoundation@gmail.com if you'd like to attend.
Congratulations to our winners!
Borough Music Festival in Naugatuck
Left to right: Gary Partridge, Robert Trosan, Jennifer Kruge, Lisa Pettinichi, Joan Doback, Kathy Dravis, Alice Unschuld, Cathy Lungarini, Michele Beck, Robert Hughes, and Rolf Anderson.
The Naugatuck Public Schools presented their 33rd Annual Borough Music Festival, Friday, April 25, 2014, at the Naugatuck High School Auditorium in Naugatuck. The all-school concert included music ensembles comprising students from the elementary, intermediate, middle and high Schools.
This year’s concert featured the music of Leroy Anderson, a well-known American composer of short, light concert pieces, many of which were introduced by the Boston Pops Orchestra under the direction of Arthur Fiedler. Mr. Anderson lived in Woodbury from 1949 to 1975. An exhibit about Leroy Anderson was on display in the lobby of the auditorium before the concert courtesy of the Leroy Anderson Foundation.
This concert marked the culmination of collaboration between the Leroy Anderson Foundation and the Naugatuck Education Foundation over this school year which was championed by Naugatuck High School Band Director Robert Hughes and coordinated through the music department to all Naugatuck schools. All levels of music classes have learned about the life and work of Leroy Anderson and the instrumental students have been exposed to and learned several of his pieces. In April, musicians from the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra provided advanced-level music classes to students of brass and wind instruments. Joan Doback from the NEF said, “The Naugatuck Education Foundation is thrilled to have been a part of this initiative, and through it we have touched every child in the Naugatuck Public Schools.”
Guest conductor for this year’s concert was Gary Partridge, conductor of the Capitol Symphonic Winds and the Hartford Symphony Pops. He, along with several of the borough’s instrumental teachers, led the students in performances of music by Leroy Anderson, James Swearingen, John Berry and others.
"This year's Borough Festival was a wonderful success. The collaboration with the Naugatuck Education Foundation and the Leroy Anderson Foundation provided great opportunities for students to expand their musicianship, and is sure to have made this year's event even more memorable. Many thanks to all of the organizations involved for making this year so spectacular!"
Thank you for supporting the ion Bank St. Patrick's Day Road Race and Festival!
This year's race was bigger and better than ever. Congratulations to all our runners. Complete results can be found at http://www.fasttrackcoaching.net/timing/results.html.
Photos taken by Jack McCoy Photography can be found at http://jackmccoyphotography.com/naugatuck2014.
Runners who pre-registered can pick up their shirts at the Naugatuck YMCA at 284 Church St. from Monday - Friday, 7am to 8pm.
City Hill Online News Site Thanks NEF
Last year the NEF awarded students from City Hill Middle School over $3000 to start an online news site. The funding provided two Macbook laptops, a digital camera, a scanner and more. The students involved in the grant recently sent the NEF thank you letter, the text of which is available here: CHMS Thank You. You can also visit the CHMS Online News Site to see the fruits of their efforts.
Welcome New Board Members
NEF has recently added three new board members. Andy Bottinick, Kevin McSherry, and Allison Trisko were instated at the November meeting.
Our Mission Statement
The Naugatuck Education Foundation (NEF), in partnership with the community, encourages and supports excellence in education by providing funding for innovative and creative learning opportunities for students.