$100K gift from Cafaro
The evolving educational needs of local students are the reason for a major gift from the Cafaro Foundation to John F. Kennedy High School.
The $100,000 grant will be used to renovate the school’s former wood shop into a new music room. The project is part of an enhanced band program.
Joseph Kenneally, president of John F. Kennedy schools, stated in a news release, “Without the continued support of Cafaro Foundation and the Cafaro family, John F. Kennedy Schools would not be able to continue to build a band program. Our kids have worked so hard that giving them a space of their own has become a priority. The Cafaro Foundation will make that dream a reality.”
The new grant is a continuation of the support the foundation has provided for the school. Last year, the foundation awarded $100,000 for the installation of new, energy-efficient windows, in addition to a $25,000 gift in 2014.
The Cafaro Foundation is a charitable entity established by the Cafaro family in memory of William M. Cafaro, the founder of the real-estate development and management company that bears his name.
St. Vincent workshop
There will be a workshop from 5 to 7 p.m. today at St. Vincent de Paul Society’s Dining Hall, 252 E. Wood St., where community members will be making plarn (plastic yarn from recycled plastic bags) and crocheting the plarn into sleeping mats for the homeless.
These workshops draw people of all ages and is an example of the local community coming together for a good cause. The public is invited to participate. For information, email email@example.com.
The Weathersfield Police Department will host an active-shooter response training session for the Weatherfield School District staff and fire department personnel at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Mineral Ridge High School auditorium, 1334 Seaborn St. Local church members will also be in attendance to discuss critical-incident training and rapid deployment.
Shop With A Cop
City police will again host the annual Shop With A Cop holiday shopping spree for disadvantaged children Sunday morning.
Children selected by the city school district, local clergy and police and firefighters will be allotted $100 for shopping at the Walmart Supercenter on Doral Drive.