December 10, 2019

Essex Elementary School Foundation Announces 2010-2011 Grant Awards

Centerbrook, CT — The Essex Elementary School Foundation, a not-for-profit, volunteer organization that provides independent financial resources for worthy educational projects, enrichment programs, and other initiatives at Essex Elementary School, has granted $13,300 for the development and implementation of several programs during the 2010-2011 school year.  The Foundation’s Board of Directors met on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 and approved $5,000 to fund the Justus W. Paul World Cultures Program, $2300 to fund the Historian-in-Residence Program, $2,000 to fund the Artist-in-Residence Program, and $4000 to underwrite the purchase of one SMART Board.  Additional grant requests will be considered when the Board convenes again in April 2011.

Designed to expose students to countries, languages and customs outside the United States, the Justus W. Paul World Cultures Program was launched in 2010 with enrichment activities for third grade students.  Curriculum for the study of India and China as well as cultural days featuring music, dance, art, folktales, language, and food tasting were developed and implemented via a collaborative effort between school administrators, teachers, and LEARN, a third party educational program consultancy,.  This year’s $5,000 grant allocation will fund implementation costs for India and China cultural days as well as underwrite the costs to develop curriculum for an additional country, Haiti.  The Essex Elementary School Foundation established the World Cultures Program in memory of the late Justus “Jud” Paul, a founding member of the Foundation.

The Historian-in-Residence Program, now in its third year, provides hands-on study of the cultural heritage of Essex, Centerbrook, and Ivoryton for all students in grades 4-6.  The $2300 grant will fund the cost of village walking tours and special educational trips to the Connecticut River Museum and Bushnell Farm in Old Saybrook.  The $2,000 Artist-in-Residence Grant will provide funding for the development of permanent student artwork with themes based on children’s literature. 

Essex Elementary School Art Teacher Gary Stevens will create the criteria and oversee the student work.  The $4,000 Technology Grant will pay for the cost of one SMART Board, a large screen, interactive white board with computer connectivity, to be installed in a third grade level classroom.  

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, go to or make checks payable to “Essex Elementary School Foundation” and mail to Essex Elementary School Foundation, PO Box 882, Essex, CT 06426.