October 26, 2014

Essex Elementary School Foundation Kicks Off Annual Appeal

EES Principal Scott Jeffrey and EES Assistant Principal Deborah O'Donnell help stuff envelopes for the EESF annual app

EES Principal Scott Jeffrey and EES Assistant Principal Deborah O’Donnell help stuff envelopes for the EESF annual appeal

The Essex Elementary School Foundation, a not-for-profit, volunteer organization that provides independent financial resources for worthy enrichment  projects and  programs at Essex Elementary School, had granted $23,480 to fund various programs during the 2011-2012 academic year.  Some of the specific programs receiving grant money that year included an iPad Lab enrichment program with $13,000 given for the purchase of 19 iPads, 19 smart covers, 19 Apple care protection plans and iPad Applications in the math and science areas for all grade levels. This academic year, The Foundation is looking to grant many of  the programs that have successfully been put in place  such as;  the Justus W. Paul World Cultures Program with $5,000 granted for the development of a new Haitian culture program and for  the implementation of previously developed programs on China and India; Grade Level Grants of $1000 per grade awarded to three grades each year on a three year rotating schedule; and the Historian-in-Residence Program. This year they are looking to give additional funds to the school as the needs arise.

On Tuesday, November 27, EESF board members met at the school’s media center to launch the Foundation’s annual direct mail campaign to Essex area residents and businesses. Continued growth in financial support will allow the Foundation to expand the enrichment programs and projects now underwritten by the organization. In October, the Foundation announced grant awards totaling approximately $23,000 for the development and implementation of several programs during the 2012-2013 school year.

Since its inception in 1996, the Essex Elementary School Foundation’s primary goal has

been to create a significant endowment that can support the school’s strategic vision to be a world-class educational institution.  Each year, 5% of the EESF endowment is allocated for programs and projects proposed by Essex Elementary School administration and staff.  Past grants have also funded a Scientist-in-Residence program, literacy support materials, equipment for musical and physical education, playground improvements, logical thinking games, and audio/visual equipment.

For more information about the Essex Elementary School Foundation or to make a tax-deductible donation visit www.essexelementaryschoolfoundation.org or make checks payable to “Essex Elementary School Foundation” and mail to Essex Elementary School Foundation, PO Box 882, Essex, CT 06426.