WQUN Interview about CfAL

Dear Readers:

This morning Rebecca Goodman Olshansky, the Marketing/Occupancy Director at Tower One/Tower East in New Haven, CT, Karyn Stokes, Executive Director at Concepts for Adaptive Learning (CfAL) and Curtis Hill, from the CfAL Board of Directors, participated in an interview at WQUN Radio, am1220.

The interview was hosted by Ray Andrewsen, the WQUN General Manager, and gave each of representative the opportunity to discuss how CfAL is helping close the “digital divide”, its partnership with the Towers, and about CfAL’s September 9th Wine Tasting & Silent Auction Fundraiser.

You can listen in on the interview that will be aired on WQUN, am1220, Monday, August 24th, at 8:45 am. The interview will last approximately 20 minutes.

Thank you!

 

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CFAL Closing the “digital divide”

Dear Readers:

By clicking on the link CfAL helps close the “digital divide”, you will be watching a video about how Concepts for Adaptive Learning (CfAL) works tirelessly to help close the “digital divide” in urban centers in Connecticut, with a goal of increasing the educational outcomes of disadvantaged public school children throughout Connecticut’s poorest communities.

You can help CfAL sustain its programs by making a donation. Whether the donation is $2, $3, $5 or more; any amount can surely make a difference in the education of a disadvantaged child. A donation can be made by credit card, PayPal, or by check.

By PayPal or Credit Card, please click on the orange button titled Donate Now on the homepage of this website.

By Check, payment can be made out to CfAL, and mailed to:

    CFAL

    P.O. Box 8265

    New Haven, CT 06530

Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

Sincerely,

CfAL Board of Directors, Staff and Volunteers

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CFAL’s New Executive Director, Karyn Stokes

Dear Readers:

Please join us in welcoming Karyn Stokes as the new Executive Director of Concepts for Adaptive Learning.

We are excited to have Karyn on board, as our former Executive Director, Curtis Hill has retired from the organization, but still is a member of the Board of Director.

Karyn brings leadership experience to CfAL, as she has served in a number of leadership positions. Her latest being the Interim Director of Career Services at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven.

Karyn looks forward to having your support as she helps lead CfAL into a brighter future that ensures children having an excellent education.

Sincerely,

CfAL Board of Directors

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People’s United Community Foundation Grant

Dear Readers:

The technology tsunami is sweeping across education, at schools and in homes. Every day that passes more and more students’ schoolwork is being required to be completed after school, at home, on a computer. But what if the student doesn’t have a computer at home? They are at a disadvantage. CfAL, through partnerships, is extending learning beyond the classroom by putting computers in the homes of disadvantaged families.

On behalf of the CfAL Board of Directors, staff and volunteers, we are honored and thankful to People’s United Community Foundation for awarding us with a $5,200 grant. The grant will be used to help sustain our Technology Cascade & Training Program for parents who have children attending Fair Haven School in New Haven, Connecticut

The program gives computer training, gently-computers and technical support to disadvantaged parents of students in the impoverished neighborhood of Fair Haven in New Haven, Connecticut. Our goals are to extend learning beyond the classroom, to increase forty parents’ involvement in their children’s education, and to help eliminate the technology gap that exists for disadvantaged families, by providing knowledge, skills and renewed hope.

People’s United Community Foundation and CfAL are working together to build a better future for children and their families, living in Fair Haven.

Thank you People’s United Community Foundation!

Sincerely,

CfAL Board of Directors

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CfAL Executive Director Retiring

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Pfizer Inc. and Groton Laboratories Grant Award

We are pleased to announce Pfizer Inc. and Groton Laboratories have awarded CfAL with a $4,000 grant for our engaging 5-week summer math project called “Learning Math After School Can Be Fun”.

We wish to express our appreciation and thanks to Pfizer Inc. and Groton Laboratories for awarding CfAL with this grant. The grant will be used to deliver 5 weeks of training to significantly improve the math literacy and appreciation toward math of underperforming 3rd through 5th grade students attending public schools in the poorest neighborhoods of New Haven, CT.

We have already begun meeting with school Math Coaches, as we identify and send invitations to parents of potential participants. Classes begin on July 7th, with a graduation date of August 6th.

We are excited about having the opportunity to train up to 30 students and helping them improve their math performance, self-esteem and appreciation toward math.

Working together Pfizer Inc. and Groton Laboratories and CfAL will make a significant difference by improving public school children’s math education in New Haven.

Sincerely,

CfAL Board of Directors

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First Niagara Bank – Gently-used Computer Donation

Dear Readers:

Since our initial parent computer program launch in 2003, the First Niagara Bank and First Niagara Foundation have been steadfast supporters of CfAL. Their financial support has helped us implement and sustain our summer math program and, more importantly, our parent computer program. Through the parent computer program, we have trained and given gently-used computers to more than 3,100 disadvantaged families, who live in the poorest neighbors of Connecticut’s major urban centers. In 2014, we trained and gave computers to 374 families, as we strove to extend learning beyond the classroom, increase parents’ involvement in their children’s education, and simultaneously help close the “digital divide”.

Through the magic and generosity of the First Niagara Bank, CfAL recently received their donation of 300 gently-used computers. We are so thankful for this tremendous donation, which provides enough computers to cover our parent computer program gently-used computer needs for nearly an entire year. This donation will have a positive impact on the lives of nearly 1,000 people, on their path of life-long learning.

Of behalf of CfAL’s Board of Director, staff and volunteers, we are ever thankful for this wonderful gift.

Sincerely,

CfAL Board of Directors

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Liberty Bank Foundation Grant Award

Dear Readers:

We are very pleased to let you know CfAL has been awarded a $3,600 grant by the Liberty Bank Foundation’s Board of Directors. We are honored they have chosen CfAL over so many worthy organizations that also do great work.

The Liberty Bank Foundation’s grant will be used to help sustain our Technology Cascade & Training Program in the City of Meriden. The goals of the program are to extend learning beyond the classroom and enhance Meriden parents’ participation in their children’s education at home, while simultaneously helping to close the “digital divide” for disadvantaged families.

Through this grant and financial support from other partners, 40 Meriden Family Zone parents will receive computer training. Upon completing training, these parents will be given a gently-used computer, which we will install in their home, along with a year of technical support.

Through Cox Communications in partnership with Connect2Compete, a nonprofit program that brings affordable Internet to qualifying households. Eligible graduating parents can sign up for high speed internet service at $9.95 per month.

The Liberty Bank Foundation and CfAL are working together to mutually improve the education of disadvantaged children attending public schools in Meriden that do not have a working computer in their home.

We extend an important thank you to the Liberty Bank Foundation and its Board of Directors  for this grant award.

Sincerely,

CfAL Board of Directors

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Cox Charities Grant Award

Dear Readers:

Hearing good news is always special and this morning Cox Charities announced it had awarded CfAL with a $2,500 grant.

The grant will be used to sustain our Technology Cascade & Training Program in the City of Meriden. The goal of the program is to extend learning beyond the classroom and enhance Meriden parents’ participation in their children’s education at home.

Through this grant and financial support from other partners, 40 Meriden Family Zone parents will receive computer training. Upon completing training, these parents will be given a gently-used computer, which we will install in their home, along with a year of technical support.

Cox is teaming with Connect2Compete, a nonprofit program that brings affordable Internet to qualifying households. Eligible graduating parents can sign up for high speed internet service at $9.95 per month.

Together with Cox, we are partnering to improve the education of disadvantaged families, who have children attending public schools in Meriden that do not have a working computer in their home.

Thank you Cox Charities for this grant.

Sincerely,

CfAL Board of Directors

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First Niagara Foundation Grant

First Niagara Foundation Grant Award

We are pleased to let you know the First Niagara Foundation has awarded CfAL with a $2,500 grant for our 2015 summer math project called Learning Math After School Can Be Fun.

This grant, along with support from other funders, will be used to instruct and significantly improve the math literacy and attitude toward math of up to 30 3rd through 5th grade students. These underperforming 3th thru 5th grade students attend public schools in the poorest neighborhoods of New Haven, CT. Without the intervention of the Learning Math After School Can Be Fun project, these students would continue to fall further behind in math and have very limited opportunity to ever catch up.

We are excited about having the opportunity to instruct these students and help them improve their math performance, self-esteem and attitude toward math.

On behalf of the Board, staff and volunteers of CfAL, we wish to express our appreciation and thanks to the First Niagara Financial Group for the grant and its continued support of our organization.

Working together, the First Niagara Foundation and CfAL will make a significant difference by improving public school children’s math education in New Haven.

Thank you!

CfAL Board of Directors

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