Friday, May 31, 2013, Ridgefield, CT – The sounds of a caped crusader, aka, Mrs. Incredible, swooshed from classroom to classroom during Teacher Appreciation Week recently. The Ridgefield Education Foundation sponsored a new teacher appreciation campaign, called the HERO awards. Parents purchased certificates in advance recognizing a teacher for their hard work, innovation, creativity and dedication. During Teacher Appreciation Week, Mrs. Incredible visited Ridgefield’s elementary and middle school hallways to personally hand deliver certificates and declare to students that their teacher was a “Ridgefield Public School Super Hero!” Mr. Incredible even made his way to town and was spotted bestowing honors at Branchville Elementary School.

“We have great teachers and a great school system. After seeing what was done in other districts to honor them and especially, after the past year, it seemed appropriate to honor the “heroes” in our children’s lives with the award”, explains Jennifer DiLaura, Ridgefield Education Foundation Vice President, who Co-Chaired the program with Ann O’Brien, REF Board of Director. For a first time venture, the education foundation was pleasantly surprised by its’ success. The organization sold nearly 300 certificates yielding $4000, that will go into the creative, innovative and collaborative programming they support. The Ridgefield Education Foundation thanks the community for their wonderful response to the initiative.

As classroom doors were opened, Mrs. Incredible was met with squeals of delight. Ms. Tanya Navarra, a Farmingville Elementary School teacher was one teacher being praised, “presented with a HERO award was an incredible honor. When I enter my classroom each day, I hope to make a memorable and positive difference in the lives of my students. Being recognized with the HERO award truly reflects the reason why I teach!” Farmingville Principal Ms. Susan Gately also adds, “our students work hard each day, it was great to be able to include 30 seconds of fun and acknowledge our equally hard working teachers!”

The Ridgefield Education Foundation looks to support creative, innovative and collaborative initiatives and to pilot programs that helps move the district forward. Their mission is to bridge the community at large and Ridgefield’s public schools by encouraging private philanthropy to enhance the educational experiences of Ridgefield’s learners of all ages. They are a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible. New members always welcome! For more information, please email: info@ridgefieldeducationfoundation.org or visit www.ridgefieldeducationfoundation.org

Ridgefield Education Foundation Sponsors Teacher Hero Awards

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