Monthly Archives: November 2013

Milford Invention Convention Workshops Starting in January

Milford Invention ConventionThe Milford Education Foundation is excited to present the first city-wide Milford Invention Convention, in association with the renowned Connecticut Invention Convention.

The Milford Invention Convention is open to kindergarten through grade 8 students and is designed to develop and enhance critical thinking skills through invention, innovation and entrepreneurship. Finalists have the opportunity to advance to the 31st annual Connecticut Invention Convention (CIC), which brings hundreds of young inventors from across the state together to present at the University of Connecticut. Previous CIC finalists have had their inventions patented, displayed at the Connecticut Science Center, featured in New York Times articles and on national television.

In preparation for the Milford Invention Convention, the Milford Education Foundation and the Milford Public Library will be running workshops on Saturday mornings from January-March 2014 for kindergarten through grade 5 at the library. Harborside and West Shore Middle Schools, as well as the YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club, will also be running their own workshops. (Unfortunately, Eastshore Middle School will not be able to participate this year.)

Parents are strongly encouraged to attend one of the Parent Orientations, which will cover an overview of the program and everything parents needs to know in order for their children to participate. Parent Orientations will be held on Thursday, December 5th and on Monday, January 6th at Harborside Middle School at 7 pm. Registration forms will be available at the Parent Orientations.

For more info, please email inventionconvention@milfordedfoundation.org

Mini-Golf Fundraiser a Success!

Our press release was printed in the Milford Mirror on October 31th. If you missed it, here it is along with pictures from the event…

Milford Education Foundation Mini Golf Classic

From left to right: Co-Vice President and event coordinator Jorge Santiago, President James Maroney, Co-Vice President Augie Harrigan and his son.

Milford, CT—October 21, 2013—The Milford Education Foundation held its First Annual Mini-Golf Classic at The Sports Center of Connecticut in Shelton on Saturday, October 19th. The sold-out event was attended by 150 golfers, over 20 volunteers and many spectators.

“We are so pleased with the turnout at our first fundraiser. The Milford Education Foundation began work just this summer and we are amazed at the support we are receiving from our community. We are going to be able to bring some fantastic educational events to Milford,” said James Maroney, President of the Foundation, “We’re looking forward to next year’s tournament!”

The winner of the 18-and-over tournament was Helen Williams who received a venerated tie-dyed jacket, a gold putter and a $25 gift certificate to SBC restaurant.

Many families came to enjoy the tournament or just play for fun. At right, Dr. Jennifer Ju shows off the tie-dyed jacket and gold club the winners received.

Many families came to enjoy the tournament or just play for fun. At right, Dr. Jennifer Ju shows off the tie-dyed jacket and gold club the winners received.

“We want to thank everyone who participated,” commented Jorge Santiago, Milford Education Foundation Co-Vice President and event coordinator, “Our volunteers, golfers and sponsors were all very supportive of MEF and had a wonderful time at the event. The attendance and money raised far exceeded our expectations.” Santiago also thanked the many local businesses who donated prizes and raffle items.

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The funds raised from this event will help support activities such as the recently announced teacher mini-grants. The Milford Education Foundation will also be bringing the CT Invention Convention to Milford with winners of the local fairs attending the renowned event in Storrs in the spring. Minds In Motion, a half-day student enrichment program, featuring hands-on, interactive, fast-paced, high-interest workshops will be held on March 15, 2014 at Jonathan Law High School.

Major sponsors of the Milford Education Foundation Mini-Golf Classic were The Milford Bank, Hubbell Incorporated, and Mathnasium of Milford.

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A family poses with the Milford Education Foundation mascot, Eddie, at the event. At right, Jennifer Elzin Garay won one of the four gift baskets raffled off at the Mini Golf Classic. Jen also volunteered for the day and help man the registration table.

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Desperate for a win over Foundation President James Maroney, Brian Smith first tried to bribe one of the Milford Education Foundation Mini Golf Classic volunteer score keepers and then attempted some distractions. (James still won.)

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The day was a success not only because we exceeded our fundraising goals, but also because the families and volunteers had a wonderful time and made many memories. We can’t wait until next year!