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Grants Funded: Leadership & Learning

Breakout EDU (2016)

The Brookfield Education Foundation has awarded a mini-grant to Whisconier Middle School for the innovative “Breakout EDU”. Championed by Media Specialist Sue Crean, this program combines problem solving with teamwork and technology by requiring students to gather information and decode puzzles in order to find combinations to locks and open a box within the allotted time. Breakout EDU will be implemented in the 21st Century Skills classes and made available to all WMS teachers for use in their classrooms.

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“Confessions of a Depressed Comic” (2016)

A major grant helped Brookfield CARES bring acclaimed writer, comedian, and mental health activist Kevin Breel to Brookfield High School. Kevin Breel addresses his personal struggle with depression in an engaging manner, encouraging the young audience members to advocate for themselves in the vital issue of mental health. This presentation, given during the day for students and in the evening for parents and community members, acted as a springboard to open dialogue on the issue of mental health throughout the Brookfield community.

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Online Personal Finance Course (2015)

A major grant has provided funding for an Online Personal Finance course at Brookfield High School. The first ever online learning course at BHS, this program was championed by School-to-Career coordinator Sue Troupe. Supplementing a CT state grant, the BEF funds have ensured that all interested students will be able to take the class, which prepares BHS students for vital money management and budgeting skills.

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Brookfield CARES Hope and Support Group (2015)

Brookfield CARES was awarded a major grant to support the start up costs for the professional facilitation for its Hope and Support Group. This is a newly formed support group for the parents, grandparents and caregivers of adolescents and young adults struggling with addiction and other risky behaviors. The goal of the group is to offer weekly meetings of support, education and resources to help caregivers help their children uncover paths to treatment and ongoing recovery.

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Online Personal Finance Course (2014)

A major grant has provided funding for an Online Personal Finance course at Brookfield High School. The first ever online learning course at BHS, this program was championed by School-to-Career coordinator Sue Troupe. Supplementing a CT state grant, the BEF funds have ensured that all interested students will be able to take the class, which prepares BHS students for vital money management and budgeting skills.

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Confessions of a Former Bully (2014)

A major grant is enabling Whisconier Middle School teachers to proactively teach students about bullying. This topic of growing concern has evolved from discussions with teachers, students, guidance counselors and health educators. This vital dialogue is especially important for the WMS fifth-graders as they transition into Middle School.

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Tablets for Moby Max (2014)

A mini grant is introducing Moby Max's comprehensive learning system to Brookfield's Christian Life Academy through the funding of seven Moby Max tablets. Championed by Principal Joan Freeman, the project will assist in both intervention for students requiring supplemental instruction in literacy and math, and enrichment for those needing a greater challenge in the classroom

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Tablets for Moby Max (2014)

A mini grant is introducing Moby Max's comprehensive learning system to Brookfield's Christian Life Academy through the funding of seven Moby Max tablets. Championed by Principal Joan Freeman, the project will assist in both intervention for students requiring supplemental instruction in literacy and math, and enrichment for those needing a greater challenge in the classroom

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Courage to Speak (2013)

Whisconier Middle School presented the powerful drug prevention presentation, "Courage to Speak" thanks to a Brookfield Education Foundation major grant.  Held in conjunction with Red Ribbon Week, a national anti-drug and alcohol initiative, the program featured prominent speaker Ginger Katz relaying first-hand experiences about the potentially devastating effects of the drug culture.

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Beyond Brookfield: A Global Writing and Leadership Community (2014)

In a major grant from the BEF, BHS Champions and English teachers, Trish O'Connor and Kelly Nichols, will establish an ongoing International Exchange for BHS students which focuses on leadership and writing. Working in tandem with the Girls Leading Our World (GLOW) Association, created by Peace Corps Volunteers, adult leaders will form a group of BHS girls to be trained in leadership and self-expression through writing and technology, in order to facilitate future workshops and training of other BHS students. The students will create and maintain a website to publish and share their creative writing and stories.

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Positive Discipline in the School and Classroom (2014)

A Brookfield Education Foundation major grant has funded a program that will train 38 Special Education teachers and related service staff from Brookfield High School and Whisconier Middle School. Participants will attend two training sessions to be held in June and the fall of this year in Positive Discipline in the School and Classroom. These trained staff will become resources for the General Education teachers to utilize Positive Discipline techniques throughout the two schools. Positive Discipline has been established in the community. Establishing the program within the schools gives a consistency to the relationships developed within the home, school and greater community.
Click here to visit the Positive Discipline of CT website.

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Hatching Ducks in the Kindergarten Classroom (2013)

Kindergarten students at Center Elementary School will be combining science, literature, and math skills in a program funded by a BEF mini-grant that involves the hatching of ducklings. During the six week program the students will additionally practice their observation, communication, and collaboration skills as they collect and record data, display the results, and journal their observations and predictions.

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Pillow Cases for Patients (2013)

A community mini-grant allowed a local Girl Scout troop make 35 pillowcases for Connecticut Children's Hospital in Hartford. Championed by a member of Girl Scout Troop 50742, the girls spent a day learning how to measure, cut, pin, sew and iron the fabric pillow cases, learning both valuable life-skills and the importance of volunteerism.

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Parenting the Positive Discipline Way (2013)

A Brookfield Education Foundation major grant has funded a program providing parenting classes to the Brookfield community. "Parenting the Positive Discipline Way" has supported training and certification for up to 36 people, enabling the attendees to then facilitate their own classes emphasizing skills necessary to raise responsible, respectful, and resourceful children.

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Allyson Pereira on Sexting (2013)

A mini-grant has funded a program at Brookfield High School by speaker Allyson Pereira for female students and their parents on the negative consequences of sexting. This program aims to create an open dialogue among families, students, and the school to address this growing concern and enable students to make positive and healthy choices.

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Spanish Program at Prince of Peace School (2013)

Preschoolers at Prince of Peace Nursery School will be introduced to a foreign language, thanks to a major grant from the Brookfield Education Foundation. The Spanish Program will provide the students with a diverse learning experience, incorporating both the language and cultural awareness through music, art, literature, math, and science. By generating a platform to foster early familiarity with the Spanish language, the school hopes to provide continued educational success in future academic years.

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Internet Safety Program (2012)

A BEF major grant to the Brookfield High School will help educate students on remaining safe in the digital age. Championed by BHS assistant principal Sue Griffin, the program will be presented to both students and the Brookfield community, and will highlight the potential dangers of social media and the internet.

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Culture Camp (2012)

A community mini-grant funded an educational camp that bridged cultures by teaching youth to think and learn on a global scale. Championed by Brookfield teens Adonai Sebastian and Hannah Lyon, this summer camp explored traditional dress, food and customs from a variety of different countries, enriching 5th and 6th graders' understanding of other countries and cultures.

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Collaborative Team Building (2012)

A major grant by the Brookfield Education Foundation allowed teachers at Brookfield High School to engage in a program designed to foster team building, leadership skills, problem solving, and innovation. Championed by BHS principal Joseph Palumbo, the project aims to enhance collaborative interaction within learning teams, ultimately improving teacher practice and increasing student achievement.

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Women's Lecture Series (2012)

The Brookfield Library is hosting "Health, Wealth, Happiness and Humor: A Four-Part Series Especially for Women" funded partially by a BEF mini-grant. This series targets the often-ignored demographic of women over 45, providing timely and invaluable information encompassing a variety of topics.

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Unified Theater (2012)

A major grant awarded to Whisconier Middle School allowed for the implementation of "Unified Theater", a national program that teaches leadership and inclusion through the arts. Championed by paraprofessional Julie Oakley, this project involved students of all abilities working together to write and produce their own show, fostering an atmosphere of both creativity and tolerance. For a closer look at this amazing program at Whisconier, click here to watch the video.

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Brookfield High School Store (2011)

Brookfield High School is the recipient of a Brookfield Education Foundation major grant for the creation of a school store. Championed by Marketing Teacher Teresa Brooks, this funding will allow business and marketing students the opportunity to apply knowledge and content to situations outside the classroom. Through real-life experience, students will gain valuable skills in problem solving, idea creation, leadership, teamwork, and professionalism, better preparing them for college and beyond.

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The Tina Meier Story (2011)

Brookfield ACTS Inc. has received a mini-grant for "The Tina Meier Story". Championed by members Angela Haselwood and Gary Gramling, this program will feature presentations to the 7th and 8th graders of Whisconier Middle School by nationally recognized speaker Tina Meier about the issues surrounding, and results of, bullying and cyberbullying. Workshops will additionally be offered to parents, community members, and WMS staff. More information may be found on the Megan Meier Foundation website.

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The Race to Nowhere Presentation (2011)

The Brookfield Education Foundation has awarded a major grant to a joint venture of the Brookfield PTO and Brookfield ACTS Inc. for "The Race to Nowhere", a documentary exploring the burgeoning stressors on students, educators, and parents. Under the leadership of Brookfield parent and PTO member Jacqueline Ondrey, this program encompasses both a community-wide screening and a facilitated panel discussion on the documentary and its implications. Click here to watch a trailer for the documentary .

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Robotics training platform program (2011)

A major grant has been awarded for the "Robotics Training Platform" program. This project, open to all 13 to 18 year-old students in Brookfield and the surrounding communities, will allow young adults to create a usable robotics training platform, fostering interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Grant requested by Rob Zapor, Brookfield High School
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Myers-Brigg Type Indicator Program (2010)

A major grant has been awarded for the funding of the Myers-Brigg Type Indicator for students. This program will be implemented to all 8th graders at Whisconier and will assist students, teachers, and parents in academic and career planning.

Grant requested by Alex Boianghu, Whisconier Middle School
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Algebraic and geometrical problem solving (2010)

The BEF has awarded a mini-grant for a program offering creative problem solving methods for algebra and pre-algebra students at Whisconier Middle School. This program aims to increase motivation and understanding by relating math concepts to the students’ everyday lives.

Grant requested by Jon Reinhardt, Whisconier Middle School
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Heroic Journey (2010)

This program will be used by the guidance counselors at Whisconier Middle School.  It helps develop the “whole child”, and works to help adolescents navigate through the many twists and turns in the road to adulthood.

Grant requested by Alex Boianghu, Whisconier Middle School
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Outdoor science investigation program (2010)

The Prince of Peach nursery school will be exploring an outdoor science investigation program, using this mini-grant.  This program is designed to encourage young students to develop a love for science and exploration of the world around them.  Children can use field tools to explore, and it will be integrated into the curriculum for 4 and 5 year olds.

Grant requested by Debra Nobes, Prince of Peace Nursery School
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Testing and Education Reference Center (2010)

The Testing and Education Reference Center (TERC) is an on-line resource for a wide range of practice tests such as AP classes, SAT, PRAXIS, civil service, GRE, and military.  It also has career search and scholarship information, and information on two-year and four-year colleges.  ERC will be available to everyone with a valid library card from the Brookfield Public Library.  It can be accessed through a link on the Library’s website, and therefore can be used at home, school, work, or at the library.

Grant requested by Anita Barney, Brookfield Town Library
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Rachel’s Challenge (2009)

Rachel Scott died during the Columbine High School massacre.  She wanted to stimulate a positive change in the way students treat one another.  Rachel believed that one act of kindness could start a chain reaction.  This program will continue to reinforce discipline and bullying policy, while continuing character education.  For more information on Rachel’s Challenge, see www.rachelschallenge.org.

Grant requested by Alison Fitzpatrick, Whisconier Middle School
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Skill toy program (2009)

akitaThis mini-grant provided for a skill toy program as part of the Brookfield Library’s summer reading program for tweens and teens.  This interactive program engages young adults in creative, self-directed play, with hands-on participation appealing to a wider audience , and allowing for programming and performances throughout the year.

Granted requested by Jennifer Doyon, Brookfield Town Library
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Guitar Tool Kit ((2009)

Eighth grade students will have the opportunity to build their own acoustical guitars in Technology Education.  This will allow students to learn the terminology and techniques focused on many of the specialized processes required to complete their own personal instrument.

Grant requested by Geoff Bergen, Whisconier Middle School
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Bullying Prevention (2009)

A mini-grant to Whisconier Middle School will allow for the implementation of the program “Victim-Proof Your School”.  This bullying prevention project helps empower students to develop victim-proof skills.  It also educates staff in techniques that reduce bullying, while enhancing students’ emotional development.

Grant requested by Alex Boianghu, Whisconier Middle School
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Learning to Listen (2008)

Like the old days of listening to the radio, this program helps students learn to listen better.

Grant requested by Nancy Power, Whisconier Middle School
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Bobcat Drycleaners Life Skills (2008)

A major grant was given to start-up “Bobcat Cleaners”, a dry cleaning business that will be run by students in the Life Skills Program at Brookfield High School.  This endeavor into a real-life business situation will enable students in the program to practice and improve upon invaluable skills such as money management and transactions, social interaction, and interpersonal communication.  Future plans include potential expansion of this business to other high school programs and groups, or to the Whisconier Life Skills program.

Grant requested by Martin Settle, Brookfield High School
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Worms & Ants (2007)

The kindergarten students at CES received ant colonies and worm farms as part of the BEF Mini-Grant program, allowing science to come alive for them as they directly observe the ant and worm behaviors and develop their sense of wonder and inquiry.

Grant requested by Lynne Covill, Center Elementary School
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Visual presenter ( 2007)

Innovative technology will be helping first graders learn from their work and other work.  A visual presenter is a color video camera mounted on a moveable arm that is positioned over a large base on which objects can be placed.  The teacher and students can look together at student work, text and illustrations immediately.  For example, it will be used to share examples of descriptive language in a picture book, and to share and compare the illustrations in picture books.  This can be done in real time, as the lesson occurs and ideas are bouncing from one child to another.

Grant requested by Shawn Knapp, Center Elementary School
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Anti-Defamation League workshop – Names Can Really Hurt Us (2005)

The Anti Defamation League’s anti-name calling, bullying and harassment program – Names Can Really Hurt Us – was brought back to Brookfield High School for a second year.  McCaffrey Real Estate provided a matching grant to raise funds for this program. 

Grant requested by Brookfield High School and League of Women Voters during “Conversation about education”
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Capturing Kids Hearts (2005)

This grant provided initial funding for a school-wide teen leadership program at Brookfield High School.  This program helps teachers implement strategies to develop teen leaders in their classrooms daily.  “You can’t capture a kid’s mind until you have their heart” is the philosophy driving this program.  By helping to develop self esteem and leadership skills, we are supporting the love of learning in our teens.

Requested by Jason Distasio and Katie Lapham, Brookfield High School
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Operation Respect (2005)

Respect for one another is a focal point for Huckleberry Hill Elementary School.  “Every teacher is committed to promoting respect within classrooms and the school community.  Respect needs to be seen not only in actions but in words, from adults to children, adults to adults, and children to children,” according to Pat Walsh, Chairperson of Operation Respect at HHES.  This program was formally kicked off with a school-wide assembly.
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Grant requested by Pat Walsh, Huckleberry Hill Elementary School.  Banner donated by Dan McKee, Designs & Signs, Brookfield.
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Kiwanis Key Club (2005)

A group of ambitious Brookfield High School students have decided to launch a new community service group at the school.  Key Club, the youth division of Kiwanis International, has been a part of student life at Danbury High for more than 25 years.  Clubs also have been started at New Milford and New Fairfield schools. 
Since one of the goals of the club is to develop leaders, the structure is similar to that of a business.  There are officers and chairmen, regular meetings, and agendas to file with Kiwanis.  For more information, see www.keyclub.org

Grant requested by Jackie Calder, Brookfield High School
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