"Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle." Buddha
(Above: 2017 Envirothon Teams)
Since 1994 the fund has given over a quarter of a million dollars to help different clubs/teams get started and individuals develop their skills and passions. We are proud of our record and the many people we have helped discover their potential. We've given over 90 grants to teams, clubs, students and teachers. Supported their journeys to regional and national competitions, China, Germany, Panama, Arizona, Gettysburg, Maine, New Orleans and Washington to pursue their passions and studies. We've underwritten leadership programs, for teachers and students, seminars in new methods of teaching.
A Shining Example of what the 21st Century Fund Grant Can Make Possible:
The Housatonic Valley Regional High School Envirothon Teams have flourished since receiving their original seed grant from us in 2006. This year, Housatonic Team Two, comprised of Noah Watson, Liam Sweeney, Ella Matsudaira, Lili Culbreth and Cameron Majette , placed third at the State Competition with high scores in the Current Issue/Oral Presentation (tie) and Soils/Land-Use. Team One, Eve Cullerton, Mari Cullerton, Lauren Murtagh, Dean Saccardi and Victor Flores, placed first. They produced high scores in Wildlife, Aquatics, and tied for the Current Issue/Oral Presentation. Kristen Galgano and Olivia Woods participated with other schools as wildcard participants. The first place team will represent Connecticut at the North American Envirothon to be held in Maryland this coming July.
The 2017 FIRST Robotics Team Made it to the North East District Championship
“How do you say ‘confusing’ in Chinese?” Click here for full story.
Click on the photograph to see a bit of what our students have seen on their trips to China.
Samples of feedback we've received from students and teachers we've supported:
"I find the most exciting and challenging part of the Who’sCTEK experience is the process and cycle of design – test – redesign – test again – redesign – test yet again, etc., until you get it right. It's also helped me realize my passion is for software design; which I plan to major in in college. The Fund even helped me find a local Mentor who has helped me learn, understand and use C++." Kia Huggan, Class of 2016
Electric Car Team:
"The 21st century fund gave the electric car team the start up money they needed to build their cars. Incorporating and applying STEM skills makes for great educational opportunities." Mark Burdick, HVRHS Ag Ed Teacher
New Orleans Ten Years after Katrina (Rustic Pathways organizes service programs for high school volunteers.):
“The trip was a chance to make a change in people’s lives, even if we weren’t going to change the world. I lived with a diverse group of fifteen other volunteers; who’d traveled from across the US, Asia, and Paris to help those whose lives were turned upside down by the storm. My experiences in New Orleans have made me eager to take part in other service projects. This fall a friend and I raised $1,900 so at-risk children in Cambodia can attend school.” Noah Watson, Class of 2017
lynda.com (on-line training video service):
"Lynda.com has been a fantastic resource for furthering my education in the field of Music Technology. I am able to view extensive and in-depth lessons that showcase the basic and more advanced features of many programs in Audio Engineering. Being able to view the program and have practice files to mimic what is being shown on screen is incredibly valuable to understand the fundamentals of a program like Pro Tools, which is used in many aspects of audio recording and editing. The detailed lessons allow anyone to master a program by the end of the course, and the variety of lessons allow any students to become proficient in whichever field they desire." Evan Taylor, Class of 2015