May 25, 2022

Essex Elementary School Foundation Funds New iPad Lab, Kicks Off Annual Appeal

Students at Essex Elementary School work on math application using the new iPad lab funded by the Essex Elementary School Foundation this fall.

Centerbrook, CT –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, has granted $23,480 to fund various programs during the 2011-2012 academic year.  Specific programs receiving grant money this year include 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; 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; the Art Spot: Artist-in-Residence with $1480 to help fund a student wall mural inside the school; and the Historian-in-Residence Program with $1000 given to fund program implementation costs.

On Tuesday, November 30, 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.   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.