Monthly Archives: September 2013

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Busy first few months for Milford Education Foundation

Did you catch the article about the Milford Education Foundation in last weeks Milford Mirror? If not, here is the press release that was sent out:

The newly established Milford Education Foundation (MEF) had a busy summer. A twenty member Board of Directors was installed in early July, and this all-volunteer organization went right to work planning  community-centered activities. On July 17th, the group hosted a Family Take it Apart Night. More than twenty-five curious minds brought an array of electronic devices to the Margaret Egan Center and investigated their inner workings. Electrical engineer John Bassett  guided participants (youngsters from grades K-3)  through the mysterious mechanisms of  their gadgets. On July 31st at the Milford Public Library, the group held its first book club gathering for 5th-8th graders to talk about the book The Scorpio Races. Everyone who attended enjoyed the lively discussion.

In early August dozens of new faces interested in finding out about the organization attended Milford Education Foundation’s Meet and Greet event at Bridge House restaurant in Devon.   Attendees heard from founding members, Augie Harrigan and Dr. Jennifer Ju , about MEF’s inception, accomplishments and goals. Near the end of the month, MEF, Milford Recreation Department and Milford Prevention Council presented the first free Outdoor Movie Night under the Rotary Pavilion behind the Milford Public Library. On a beautiful late summer evening, approximately 150 people watched the animated feature, How to Train Your Dragon. The event started with a live video interview with Bill Tessier, one of the film’s animators, and questions were fielded by MEF President James Maroney. The group also unveiled its unofficial new mascot—a giant zebra.

The mascot will be proudly featured at the group’s upcoming Mini-Golf Classic on Saturday, October 19th at the Sports Center of CT in Shelton. Other planned activities this Fall include: an Outdoor Movie Night featuring Barnyard on October 4th;  and a speaker meeting on Innovations in Education at Bridge House on Wednesday, October 9th. Those attending the movie night are reminded that MEF will collect items for Jonathan Law alumni Craig Zentkovich and his troops stationed in Afghanistan. The speaker meeting will feature Jake Mendelssohn, current President of the Connecticut Robotics Society, who will present comparisons of the US and Chinese education systems and highlight how the inventing process, promoted by the CT Invention Convention program, can enhance school curricula and student achievement. All of these events reflect Milford Education Foundation’s mission:  to promote excellence, innovation and creativity in education for our children and community.

Innovations in Education Speaker Series: Jake Mendelssohn

The Innovations in Education Speaker Series time has changed to 6:30. Milford Education Foundation will hold a General Member* meeting at the start of the gathering. We will discuss the CT Invention Convention and our spring auction fundraiser. We will also have a short Q&A session with MEF board members to answer any questions you may have about the Foundation and its mission.

*A General Member is anyone who is connected to the Milford community, supports the Milford Education Foundation mission and considers themselves an active supporter of the Milford Education Foundation.

MEFSpeaker_LOGOThe Milford Education Foundation is proud to present the Innovations in Education Speaker Series at Bridge House, 49 Bridgeport Avenue, Milford on Wednesday, October 9, at 6:30 pm. (Get directions)

Featured speaker, Jake Mendelssohn, will be discussing the differences in US and Chinese education systems and how the inventing process, promoted by the CT Invention Convention program, can enhance school curricula and the achievement of students.

This meeting is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to info@milfordedfoundation.org.

About Jake Mendelssohn
With an Engineering Degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Jake has many interests, but his main focus has always been in science, technology and education.

Jake started a very successful company, Nationwide Robots, which developed and manufactured 1.5 m tall entertainment and promotional Robots. He then developed the first commercial computer interface for controlling small Robots built from Lego parts. He is the founder and current President of the Connecticut Robotics Society, a group of inventors and entrepreneurs interested in all forms of advanced technologies.

In 1993, he created and started the Trinity College Fire-Fighting Home Robot Contest. He has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Hartford and Trinity College. He is a certified High School teacher at the Greater Hartford Academy of Math and Science and the Academy of Aerospace and Engineering, where he taught advanced courses in Physics, Robotics, Electronics, Photonics and CAD. He is also the faculty mentor for those schools’ FIRST Robotics teams. Currently, he is the Outreach Director for the Connecticut Invention Convention, a 31-year old organization that he helped found, which promotes creativity and inventing competitions in schools.

He has recently returned from his 4th visit to China where he has presented seminars at various universities and conferences around the country on education and creativity. His presentation to the Milford Education Foundation will be a comparison of the US and Chinese education systems and how the inventing process promoted by the CT Invention Convention program can enhance school curricula and the achievement of students.

Free Movie Night: Barnyard

barnyardThe Milford Education Foundation, Milford Prevention Council, and Milford Recreation Department are proud to co-sponsor another free, family-friendly outdoor movie night on Friday, October 4, 2013 at the Milford Rotary Pavilion at Fowler Field.

Show time is 7:00 p.m. and will feature the animated comedy Barnyard, preceded by a short pre-recorded interview with T.J. Sullivan, one of the film’s animators, at 6:30 p.m. Sullivan is a 1991 graduate of Jonathan Law High School who will discuss his role in the film’s production and ways inspired young animators can pursue their dreams.

Families are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner.

SUPPORT OUR TROOPS
Milford Education Foundation will also be collecting items to support Master Sergeant Craig Zentkovich, Jonathan Law High School Class of 1993, and his unit, which is currently stationed in Afghanistan. The troops have requested donations of instant coffee, non-perishable candy (Lemonheads, Sour Patch Kids or Honeybuns), individual powder drink mix (e.g., Crystal Light, etc.), disposable razors, and deodorant. These items will be sent to the 70th Mobile Public Affairs Detachment [AH2] in Afghanistan.

Friday, October 4th at 6:30 PM
Rotary Pavilion at Fowler Field, behind the Milford Library – Get directions

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First Annual Mini-Golf Classic Fundraiser

MEF_Golf_titleDon’t miss our challenging 18-hole mini-golf tournament!

October 19, 2013
Sports Center of Connecticut, 784 River Road, Shelton (Get directions)

Play for fun, or enter the competition to win the venerated tie-dyed jacket and gold putter.

4:30 PM – Registration opens
5:00 PM – First tee time
6:15 PM – Second tee time
7:30 PM – Awards Presentation

Advance ticket sale prices are $6 for regular play, $9 for tournament play. Tickets may be available at the door, space permitting, for $9 (regular play) and $12 (tournament play). Space is limited and tee times are available on a first come, first served basis. Pre-registration is strongly recommended.

MEF-zebra-bwTicket can be purchased in advance by calling 203-783-5784 or at The Milford Bank, 33 Broad St, Milford. (Get directions)

Promote your business by sponsoring a hole! Contact info@milfordedfoundation.org for more information on sponsorships.

The generosity of our golfers and sponsors will allow the Milford Education Foundation to fund innovative programs that promote student achievement and foster a lifelong love of learning for the entire community.

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Relay For Life – Beautiful Day Out for a Worthy Cause

DSC_0954e_4x6We were so proud to participate in the American Cancer Society Relay For Life event on Saturday, Sept. 7th at Jonathan Law High School. The weather could not have been more perfect for walking the track and supporting such a worthy cause.

The Milford Education Foundation booth featured our unofficial zebra mascot! Participants were able to “putt-putt” on our mini-mini-golf course and enter a raffle for a very full basket of school supplies.

DSC_0956e_4x6And look who stopped by our booth? Mayor Ben Blake!

So far, the Milford Education Foundation has raised $261.00 for the American Cancer Society. You can still donate to the American Cancer Society Relay for Life and help us reach our $1,000 fundraising goal!

(Our zebra will be making another appearance at the Milford Education Foundation First Annual Mini-Golf Classic fundraising event on Oct. 19th…stay tuned for details!)

Save the Date! First Annual Mini-Golf Classic

MEF_Golf_SaveDateFlier_fb2Don’t miss our challenging 18-hole mini-golf tournament! Play for fun or a prize but remember …no golf carts on the green!

5:00 PM – Registration starts and first tee time
6:15 PM – Second tee time
7:30 PM – Awards Presentation

Promote your business by sponsoring a hole! Contact info@milfordedfoundation.org for more information on sponsorships.

The generosity of our golfers and sponsors will allow the Milford Education Foundation to fund innovative programs that promote student achievement and foster livelong learning for the entire community.