June 2 was an evening of celebration as the Coginchaug Valley Education Foundation awarded 12 grants to individuals, organizations and District 13 schools at Indian Springs Golf Course in Middlefield.
"We are so fortunate to have citizens and employees in Durham and Middlefield who care enough to make the extra effort to apply for grants that create lifelong learning experiences for all of our citizens,” board member Tina Gossner said. “The CVEF Grant Awards Night showcases our incredible communities with the far-reaching breadth and creativity of the grant applications."
Gossner, along with grants committee co-chair Anne Doyle, announced the grant winners.
Grants were handed out to the Durham Senior Citizens Board, to fund a series of health seminars; Maria Richardson, who will be teaching a type of knitting to older residents; Accidental Harmony, the community chorus started by Lisa Larsen; a Birding for Pleasure class, organized by Annyta Klein; and a sign language instructional class, thanks to Heather Parente.
Levi Coe Library received two grants, one for outdoor family games and another to assist the community with genealogy research. CVEF will support Odyssey of the Mind for 2019-2020; the Giving Garden for a garden organizer/educator; and a summer math tutoring program for incoming seventh graders, organized by Claudia and Gage Rovelli.
Finally, two grants were given to support District 13 efforts: the first, for kindergarten flexible seating; and the second, for a Rubik's cube problem-solving program.
Now in its 11th year of "granting adventures," CVEF has funded 97 grants, totaling almost $130,000.