Upcoming Events

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O’Neill’s 5K:

Thank you to all of our participants and sponsors !

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Excellence in Education: 10/20-10/21

Unfortunately, because of continued Covid restrictions, we are unable to have a large celebration at the Shore and Country Club this month. We have planned an alternative celebration to honor all nominees and hope you can participate.
Coals, on Wall Street, has agreed to work with NEF and NPS to celebrate all nominees on 10/20-10/21.  Each nominee will receive a certificate from NEF to receive one large, “Excellence” pizza.  The Coal’s chef is creating a special pie for the event.  You can dine in or take out.  If you choose to dine in, please feel free to invite family and friends.  They can order and pay for anything on the menu, but your pizza is free!  If you don’t like what is on the Excellence pizza, you can substitute for any other pizza on the Coal’s menu.  You can order out or dine at any time on 10/20-10/21 between the hours of 4:30-9:30.
Once again, congratulations on being selected.  Your free pizza certificate will be emailed to you on Monday, 10/18.

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Norwalk Education Foundation

  • Mission

The mission of the Norwalk Education Foundation is to work closely with Norwalk Public Schools to provide programs and services to children in Norwalk so they can achieve academic success and grow socially and emotionally.

  • Teacher Resources and Innovation

NEF offers teacher mini-grants to develop and implement instructional projects that motivate and challenge students to learn. Proposals must support unique classroom projects that enliven and enrich the curriculum.

  • Enhance Student Learning

The Shark Tank competition requires students to “sell” a proposal to enhance their school.  In the past, ideas have addressed academics, extra-curricular activities, social-emotional well being, physical health/nutrition and safety.  We awarded several thousand dollars to support 30 student proposals in the past 2 years.

  • Community Collaboration

The College Essay Mentor program began in 2015.   Teachers, administrators and volunteers from the community, were trained by a college essay consultant to coach high school seniors.  After the first year, an admissions officer from UCONN contacted Norwalk High School to say she has never read such great essays from Norwalk.

NEF partners with community organizations to host community outreach workshops.  This fall, we are hosting a College Admission Workshop and a Stress Management panel for teens and parents.

  • Student Social and Emotional Health

NEF’s newest initiative addresses the high levels of stress that research has identified as a major difficulty for adolescents. In 2015, we piloted a program to teach kids stress-reduction techniques like meditation. Based on the positive data collected through this pilot program, NEF plans to offer such workshops to all middle and high school students in the fall.  NEF also partners with Norwalk ACTS working with the Health and Wellness workgroup to bring mindful meditation to the high school students.

Education News

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