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Weston Education Foundation Coat Drive Announced

On Friday, November 16th, the Weston Education Foundation (“WEF”) kicked off a Coat Drive to benefit Person to Person (“P2P”) in Norwalk. WEF is a local 501(c)(3) educational foundation that supports educational initiatives in the Weston schools and community.

P2P provides local individuals and families with food, clothing, housing, financial assistance and on-going support.

  • Each month, at P2P’s Norwalk location alone, 700-800 families come for food, clothing and other basic needs.
  • Last year, because of the generosity of people throughout the community, P2P was able to help 23,267 men, women and children in Norwalk and surrounding towns, including Weston.

Please consider donating any new or gently-used coats, jackets, hats, scarves, gloves – anything that might help someone of any age stay warm this winter.

Collection bins are located in Weston through Sunday, December 16 at Fairfield County Bank, Peter’s Liquors, Lang’s Pharmacy, and all four schools.

Thank you in advance for your acts of kindness. It takes a village!


Trailblazing Scientists at Work in Weston High School

New honors-level science research class is launched with funding from WEF and the Weston PTOs

Ocean acidification, removing carbon dioxide from car exhaust, bacterial breakdown of pesticides, degrading petroleum with mushrooms, exploring ways to make photosynthesis more efficient – these are just a few of the exciting topics currently under scrutiny in Weston High School’s new Honors Science Research Class.
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The call is on for Weston education grant applications

The Weston Education Foundation (WEF) is calling for applications for its Community Education Grants Program.

The purpose of these grants is to provide funds (generally up to $1,500) to Weston-based organizations or individuals to develop educational programs that benefit their constituents and/or Weston residents. Preference is given to organizations that can demonstrate sustainable funding for their project after the completion of the WEF grant. Read Article


Weston math teacher receives David Trigaux Award

Weston High School math teacher Janine Russo is the Weston Education Foundation’s most recent recipient of the renowned David Trigaux Innovation Award.

WEF gives this award to teachers who demonstrate a unique level of originality and dedication toward creative teaching. The $2,500 award may be used in any way that fosters educational innovation, including travel, studies, or work outside the classroom. Read Article



Weston teachers honored with David Trigaux Award

In front, David Trigaux Innovation Award winners Marilyn Harasiuk and Michele Clark. Back row from left, Superintendent William McKersie, math curriculum instructional leader Janine Russo, WEF board members Tammy Roberts and Katia Colaprico, Weston Middle School Principal Dan Doak, and WEF board members Marlo Villepigue, Sandy Hart and Sara Spaulding.

Marilyn Harasiuk and Michele Clark, math teachers at the Weston Middle School, were honored as recipients of the Weston Education Foundation (WEF) David Trigaux Innovation Award in June.

WEF gives the award to teachers who demonstrate a unique level of originality and dedication to creative teaching. The $2,500 award may be used in any way that fosters educational innovation, including travel, studies, or work outside the classroom.

“Using close observation and data collection, Michele Clark and Marilynn Harasiuk came to the conclusion that there was only a very small difference in the pace and content between the grade 6-1 and grade 6-2 math classes and that given a little more preparation and time, many students in the 6-1 course could access the 6-2 curriculum,” said Janine Russo, curriculum instruction leader for grade 6-12 mathematics.

“The work of Ms. Harasiuk and Ms. Clark demonstrates that all students can succeed in math at any level,” said WEF grants chair Sandy Hart.

“Their efforts have opened doors for many students to move beyond what they imagined they could do in elementary or intermediate school. Those who want more challenge now have access to that challenge,” said WEF past President Alisa Trugerman. “We are proud to be able to support their work.”

In front, David Trigaux Innovation Award winners Marilyn Harasiuk and Michele Clark. Back row from left, Superintendent William McKersie, math curriculum instructional leader Janine Russo, WEF board members Tammy Roberts and Katia Colaprico, Weston Middle School Principal Dan Doak, and WEF board members Marlo Villepigue, Sandy Hart and Sara Spaulding.


Trivia Night a Win for the Weston Education Foundation

Members of the winning team, “Got Mock,” plus WEF President Alisa Trugerman gathered for a celebratory photo (L to R) Carly Maier, Peggy Jorgensen, Robyn Tas, John Seigenthaler, Alisa Trugerman, Andrew Marone, Kerry Brock, Laura Del Savio, Michael Del Savio, Robert Tas. Photo courtesy of Eileen Sawyer, WEF Board of Directors.

Members of the winning team, “Got Mock,” plus WEF President Alisa Trugerman gathered for a celebratory photo (L to R) Carly Maier, Peggy Jorgensen, Robyn Tas, John Seigenthaler, Alisa Trugerman, Andrew Marone, Kerry Brock, Laura Del Savio, Michael Del Savio, Robert Tas.
Photo courtesy of Eileen Sawyer, WEF Board of Directors.

By Britta Lerner, WEF Board of Directors

Ten teams and 75 players gathered at Norfield Church Parish Hall on November 5th for three rousing rounds of Trivial Pursuit.  All proceeds went directly to support the mission* of the Weston Education Foundation (WEF) with a particular focus to fund the school district’s new Maker Space initiative to transform our school libraries into Learning Commons that will serve as creative hubs for students and teachers.

“We raised more than $7,000 and everyone had an amazing time.   Emcee John Seigenthaler [former news anchor at Al Jazeera America, NBC and MSNBC] kept the evening fast paced and exciting and the food and table service by AMG Catering was lovely,” said WEF President, Alisa Trugerman.  “Dr. William McKersie, Superintendent of our Weston Schools, addressed the crowd.  Other school and community leaders were also on hand to meet, greet and answer questions,” Trugerman said.

*WEF is a non-profit foundation whose mission is to encourage and support initiatives that cultivate meaningful learning experiences for our schools and community. WEF promotes classroom innovation and empowers teachers and students to meet the growing challenges of the 21st century.  In addition, WEF provides community-based grants that enrich the lives of all residents. To learn more about WEF or to donate please go to www.westoneductionfoundation.org