Norton trust grants support Plainville programs and initiatives

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Due to grant funds from the Elizabeth Norton trust, Plainville Community Schools will be able to provide a number of programs and initiatives to all students.

“Our faculty, administrators, and staff members understand the importance of accessing grant funds that allow us to enhance our innovative programs,” said superintendent Maureen Brummett. “Their efforts, as well as the support of the Norton trust are appreciated and commended.”

Phil Sanders, an elementary math and science instructional leader, will use his grant funds to support family science nights at all three Plainville elementary schools, in grades kindergarten through fifth.

“The family science night programs feature hands on activities for students and their families with assistance provided by students in Plainville High School science classes,” according to a release. “The theme of this year’s program will be flight.”

On Friday, March 8, the Louis Toffolon Elementary School parent-teacher organization, used their funds to present two “History Time Henry” programs.

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Mike Turcotte, Jr., a physical education teacher at Wheeler Elementary School, received a grant to support the Plainville Community Schools color run for elementary level students.

The color run will be held on Saturday, June 1, at the Middle School of Plainville fields. During the vent, spectators toss colored cornstarch powder at the runners, creating a colorful tie dye themed event for all participants.

Principal of Linden Street School, Paula Eshoo, and the Plainville family resource network received a grant to support entertainment for the sixth annual Plainville family fest, to be held on Saturday, May 11, at Linden School. This free event is a “day of priceless family fun for young children and families.” Last year, attendees were treated to face painting, thumb print art, and interactive large model train activity, an obstacle course, rock painting, and more.

Middle School of Plainville music instructor, Todd Helming, used his grant funds to support the after school musical theater club. Students learn about musical theater history, discussing the evolution and sub genres, select key musicals as focal points, and even perform musicals from the past century.

According to the release, approximately 25 students have been participating in the club since it started in the fall.

The Middle School of Plainville also received a grant to fund a bystander to ally workshop, which will be led by representatives from the anti-defamation geague. As part of the positive behavioral interventions support program, 28 MSP students participated in the training and learned how to support the targets of negative behaviors like name calling and teasing.

At the high school level, Mark Chase, PHS technology and engineering teacher received a grant which will support the Bike Shop project.

A collaboration between Plainville High School’s transportation classes, the Plainville Police Department, and the Plainville Community Food Pantry, the Bike Shop project allows students to refurbish old, discarded bicycles collected by the local police which are then distributed to local youth through the Plainville Community Food Pantry.

According to the release, Chase said the funds will be used to purchase the supplies needed to rebuild the bikes, and that one batch of bicycles was completed in Dec., with the goal of finishing another batch before the end of this school year.

And finally, district volunteer coordinator, Sue Bradley, received a grant to secure a motivational speaker for middle and high school students who participate in the district’s +KIK Peer Mentor Program at MSP.

Erica Funi, a graduate professor, licensed marriage and family therapist, and owner of Hope and Healing LLC, will speak to students about the topics of mindful intentions and having a growth mindset.