** This press release was submitted by Danbury Student and Business Connection **
DANBURY, CT – Danbury Student and Business Connection (DSABC) is proud to see 2021 grant funding applied in classrooms this fall. The DSABC Grants Program provides funding to staff at Danbury Public School to support innovative projects that benefit students at Danbury Public School. DSABC is able to provide grants through generous donations from local businesses.
Broadview Middle School teachers Christine Miller and Allison Donofrio applied to DSABC for their project, the Kindness Kitchen. The Kindness Kitchen provides life skills and social skills training for students with special needs and the STEPS (Education and Pre-vocational Skills Training Students) class on a daily basis. Throughout the learning experience, students give back to their school by supporting the Friday Food Program, Broadview Shop, and Inclusive Leadership programs. Students are also involved in the community by supporting service projects with the animal shelter and pantries.
The kitchen had been in use at the college for over 20 years, but the appliances were no longer functional. Teachers continued to maintain the program and raised funds to supply the Broadview Pantry and Store (donations of lightly used clothing) for students and families in need.
The DSABC Grants Committee has decided it is time for the Kindness Kitchen to function fully! $ 3,770 was granted to finance the purchase of a stackable washer / dryer, a new oven and a butcher’s block counter for the island.
“This DSABC donation of a fully functional kitchen and laundry room is a game-changer for our program! Our students are now able to learn invaluable life and professional skills while helping our school and our community, ”said Christine Miller. “We have already started washing all the rags on the whiteboard for the teachers in the building. We have big plans for so much hands-on learning and we are so, so grateful.”
DSABC awarded a total of $ 10,000 in 2021. In addition to the Kindness Kitchen, grants were also given to Justin Morgan for the purchase of a 3D printer for DHS manufacturing students, to Lorena Tesbir to revitalize King Street Elementary School Campus Garden, and David Levine in support of a new project at DHS called the Progressive Alliance, which hopes to create a more welcoming, inclusive and forward-thinking community on campus. and in the Danbury High School area.
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