Celebrating twenty years serving Tolland Public Schools, the Tolland Education Foundation awarded its largest grant in the foundation’s history – $40,000 – to help commemorate the foundation’s mission of inspiring and funding innovative, creative learning experiences for students of all abilities in Tolland Public Schools for two decades.

All funding for Tolland Education Foundation grants comes from donations from local businesses, residents, and organizations. The intention of this $40,000 grant is to reach every student in the Tolland Public Schools’ system for immediate and sustainable impact through a variety of enriching initiatives:

Description of four grants awarded to Tolland Public Schools, totaling $40,000
  • A new readiness program will be introduced for Tolland’s youngest students entering school for the first time and a makerspace will be available to students at Birch Grove Primary School for hands-on learning, exploring, and sharing.
  • The recording studio at Tolland Intermediate School will be overhauled with state-of-the-art equipment.
  • Field trips will be funded for Tolland Middle School students to ‘bring math to life’ to make connections and build curiosity for future professions.
  • Educational robots for immersive student exploration in math, science, coding, and STEM will be introduced at Tolland High School in addition to vertical learning tools for design thinking and a dedicated peer tutoring lab space.

“The Tolland Education Foundation has been a consistent resource for our educators and their efforts have reached thousands of students over the last two decades,” said Dr. Walt Willett, superintendent of Tolland Public Schools. “The funds granted to our educators help students learn and grasp new knowledge, build life skills, and seed possibilities through enrichment experiences that extend beyond our core curriculum.”


40K Check being presented to Tolland Public Schools by TEF directors

Pictured: Tolland Public Schools superintendent Dr. Walt Willett and Tolland Public School principals Tom Swanson (Birch Grove Primary School), Jim Dineen (Tolland Intermediate School), Melissa Hickey (Tolland Middle School), and Tom Poland (Tolland High School) accept a $40,000 grant from members of the Tolland Education Foundation all-volunteer Board of Directors.


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