May 25, 2022

Essex Elementary School Foundation Announces New Board Members – Launches Annual Appeal

Essex Elementary School Foundation Directors gathered to launch its annual direct mail fundraising appeal on Dec. 1. Pictured from left to right are Stephen Brinkman, Joanne O’Neil, Bill Jacaruso, Chet Kitchings, Deborah O’Donnell, Mary Beth Harrigan, Robin Millen, Kathleen Maher, Linda Reamer, and Sarah Whitney.

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 kicked off its annual fundraising appeal following the recent election of four new members to its Board of Directors.  

Essex residents Sarah Whitney, Phil Reynolds, and Sabele Foster and Essex Elementary School teacher Robin Millen have joined the 16-  member Board.  Bill Jacaruso, formerly Vice President, was also elected President while Phil Reynolds was approved as Vice President. 

On Wednesday, Dec. 1, EESF directors met at the school’s media center to launch the Foundation’s annual direct mail campaign to Essex area residents and businesses.   Last year’s campaign netted over $35,000 with increased participation from the community at large. 

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 $13,300 for the development and implementation of several programs during the 2010-2011 school year.  $5,000 was approved 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.    

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.