Your Donation Supports Our Mission

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


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 […]


Geodes Decodable Texts

Geodes are accessible, knowledge-building books for emerging and developing readers, aligned with the developmental stages of the Wilson Fundations® foundational reading program. Each book in the (K-2) collection is designed to cultivate a deep reading experience, enabling students to apply […]


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 […]


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!


A River Runs Through It

Connecticut River Museum will partner with EES students grades (4-6) to provide experiences to increase students’ knowledge of their town and the Connecticut River.


Summer Math Passport Program

Students (K-6) will solve grade-level specific math problems in designated locations around town. Through our Summer Math Passport, students will be asked to solve problems about math in the world around them.  These problems are designed to spark an interest […]


Behavior Code Author Visit for EES Teachers and Staff

Nationally renowned author and childhood expert, Jessica Minahan, will instruct teachers at EES on the Behavior Code and Behavior Code Companion with the goal to create a lasting systemic impact on school culture and impact on students.


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 […]


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 […]


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!

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PO Box 882, Essex, CT 06426