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EESF offers many exciting grant opportunities for enrichment programs and projects at
Essex Elementary School. Each year at least 5% of the Essex Elementary School Foundation endowment is allocated to EES that would otherwise not be available through traditional funding by the school system and budget. Our offerings evolve to adapt to the ever-changing technologies and improvements in education maximizing students’
learning to succeed in the 21st century.

Over the years programs funded include the Justus W. Paul World Culture Program, literacy support materials, equipment for musical and physical education, playground improvements, logical thinking games, audio/visual equipment, 3D printer, an iPad lab, and an Engineering with Legos program. 

Past and Present Grants

Like many other organizations this year, the Essex Elementary School Foundation (EESF), supported by the residents and community of Essex, has had to pivot from the normal grants application, approval and announcement process due to Covid. For the 2020-2021 Essex Elementary School (EES) year, the Foundation is adjusting the grants process to accommodate a more flexible application timeline in order to meet the needs of the students, teachers and school. This change will allow for teachers to apply for grants throughout the school year as unique programs are identified.

Essex Historian in Residence

Students in grades 4, 5 and 6 will receive live virtual lessons taught by the Essex Historical Society (EHS) staff to support Social Studies curriculum through local history. EHS will share their rich collections of objects, documents and images to […]


Virtual Author Visit

Angela Dominguez, award-winning author and illustrator of picture books and middle grade novels, will be participating in a virtual author visit with Essex Elementary School students in grades K-6 on Tuesday, March 9, 2021.  The author visit will include an […]


Virtual Scientist in Residence

Teachers and students will be virtually guided through hands-on, inquiry based activities that relate to earth and life sciences, ecology, conservation and citizenship with leadership guidance from Heather Kordula.  Using Google Meets, teachers and students will go through classroom and […]


Smart TV for Physical Education

A smart tv with protective accessories was recently granted to EES to help with virtual learning for the physical education program, both in school and from home. Today’s technology allows for record/playback opportunities for instant visual feedback to help build […]


Wireless Headsets for Teachers

The foundation assisted with the purchase of wireless headsets to ease the virtual teaching experience for 40 EES teachers. The headsets are convenient, comfortable for full day use and designed with built in noise cancellation to help teachers filter out […]


World Culture Programs

The World Cultures Program (Gr. 2), facilitated through LEARN, focuses on the three cultures of Haiti, China and India. Students gain a deeper understanding of each country’s customs through a study of art, food and history. Bon voyage!


Engineering with LEGOS

The Engineering with LEGOS Program (Gr. 4-6) provides students with the opportunity to explore engineering, computers and science, using LEGO Mindstorm products. Students collaborate with their peers to build robots and program them to complete specific tasks. Everything is Awesome!



The Makerspace Program (Gr. 3-6) explores the key differences between invention and innovation. Students work collaboratively to invent or improve upon a product by testing, evaluating and redesigning, using TinkerCad software and 3D printers. Great idea!


Readers Aloud

Readers Aloud, founded at EES by Paul Marden, brings into the classroom adults of all ages from the Essex community who have a genuine enthusiasm for reading. Volunteers visit EES once a week and read to a classroom for a […]


Transportation for High Hopes

Transportation is provided to the High Hopes Therapeutic Horseback Riding program, which helps students receive physical, emotional and social benefits through interaction and engagement with people, horses and a certified therapy dog. Happy afternoons!


iPad Labs

In 2012 an iPad Lab enrichment program was started with the purchase of 19 iPads. To date, the lab has continued to grow, providing teachers and students a daily opportunity to utilize new technology and iPad applications as an extension […]


In addition to the above mentioned grants, other programs implemented at Essex Elementary School this year include: Bloom Art, Book Fair assistance, Empower! participation, LumoPlay Math and more!

Please send inquiries to

If you wish to make a tax-deductible donation, please mail to:
Essex Elementary School Foundation
PO Box 882, Essex, CT 06426

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