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Opinion: Norwalk ACTS director’s weekly shout outs

(Norwalk ACTS)

Anthony Allison

Anthony Allison is the executive director of Norwalk ACTS.

Shout Out to Norwalk Education Foundation (NEF) for fostering Norwalk students’ entrepreneurial spirit, business skills and passion for their schools through its annual Shark Tank Classroom Innovation Grant program. This week, NEF Executive Director Margaret Costa delivered checks totalling more than $3,000 to students at West Rocks, Rowayton, Fox Run and Brookside Elementary Schools, and Norwalk and Brien McMahon High Schools.

The winning Shark Tank projects were required to enhance the schools and address one or more of the following: academics, extra-curricular activities, social-emotional well being, physical health/nutrition or safety. Project budgets could not exceed $500. Among the winning ideas were beautifying school hallways, creating a drama department website and painting a world mural as a fifth grade legacy. Congratulations!

Shout Out to the Carver Foundation of Norwalk for organizing the 48th Annual Spring College Tour, a life-changing road trip designed to introduce middle and high school students to colleges they aspire to attend, and for students to experience first-hand the rigors and joys of a college education. The seven-day tour of 10 schools included a stop in Philadelphia to visit Temple University, LaSalle University, Villanova University and Cheyney University.

Carver students met with school administrators, admissions and financial aid officers, as well as former Carver peers who are now excelling at these schools. According to Novelette Peterkin, Carver executive director, the goal is to motivate each visiting Carver student to envision their future as a successful college student.

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