Again this year, members of the Avon Education Association are participating in CEF's Holiday Bear Project. The Connecticut Education Foundation's (CEF) Holiday Bear Project is a holiday gift-giving project that links CEA members, the public, and businesses with needy public school students. For more information, visit: http://www.cea.org/cef/holiday-bear/ (Created: 11/2/2016)
A small group of fifth graders from Thompson Brook School have been invited to attend the Junior Achievement’s More Than Money Conference on October 31, 2014. The annual conference is held exclusively for fifth graders at the Aetna campus in Hartford.
On this day, Junior Achievement volunteers will facilitate the More Than Money program to students from all over the state. The all-day event gives students an opportunity to learn about earning, spending, and saving money, plus starting a new business. For those students attending, the event is free.
Brendan Lynch, fifth grade teacher at Thompson Brook school, has taken students to the conference for several years. He said that this event gives students the chance to learn about money in a way that is relevant to their lives.
“Students will learn real-world math skills, but they’ll also do it in a fun way that will hopefully stick,” Lynch said. “What I really love is that dozens of volunteers from Aetna continue to do this year after year because they realize what a positive impact this conference has on kids.” (Created: 11/10/2014)
Through the leadership and initiative of technology teacher, Jim Buys, the Engineering Department at Avon High has been undergoing a transformation from a theory based program to a series of comprehensive, project oriented engineering design courses which incorporate manufacturing and industrial automation. To help achieve this, Jim wrote and was awarded grants to acquire several pieces of new equipment. The grants were provided by the Avon Education Foundation and the State of Ct. Carl Perkins Grant program.
Through the Perkins Grant Jim was able to purchase a programmable Robotic Arm with a pneumatic parts feeder and conveyor system. This enables students to create an automated manufacturing cycle for mass production. The Avon Education Foundation also donated two CAD/CAM 3 Axis Milling machines so that students can design products and machine their prototypes. They also funded two Pneumatic/Hydraulic training systems to help students design and create circuits for automated manufacturing delivery systems.
Joe Pereira and Kristin Cutler, teachers at Roaring Brook School, spearheaded the development of an outdoor classroom space in the woods behind RBS. The area now includes an outdoor amphitheater and nature trail. They are currently working to complete signs to be placed in kiosks throughout the trail. The signs present information on types of trees, shelters, animals, bugs, and other information relative to the different areas in the outdoor classroom. Larry Sparks, assistant principal, and the RBS PTO also played key roles and supported this project.
Greg Dunford, AHS physics teacher, recently received a grant from the Avon Education Foundation (AEF). The grant supports the initial startup costs for an engineering elective at Avon High. The course has been a top request from students for several years. (Created: 9/1/2014)