Foundations In Education Announces 2020 Grants

“Tonight we celebrate the gift of Catholic education and the opportunity it allows for innovation, leadership and transformation,” reflected Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, as he lead a prayer for the Catholic school educators recently awarded 2020 grants in innovation and leadership.

“Together, we celebrate our common mission and purpose: to help form our young people, to allow for their great potential, their gifts and talents, their wonder and imagination,” Caggiano continued, “our teachers who minister and serve our children and young people help them to unlock the secrets of the world so that they may have a future that is bright.”

Foundations in Education is pleased to announce 26 grant awards totaling $137,500 to benefit Catholic schools in the Diocese of Bridgeport. Now in its 3rd year, this competitive program was the first of its kind to offer innovation and leadership grants to teachers and administrators.

The grant program promotes excellence in Catholic education by supporting a teacher’s creative project and professional development. Grants funded through this program are intended for transformative initiatives that benefit multiple grade levels and have a long-term impact on student learning.

“We encourage teachers to discover new and innovative avenues for learning,” explained Foundations’ Executive Director, Holly Doherty-Lemoine. “Teachers are sharing their vision with us and we are investing in them and their students.”

Educators submitted grant proposals from September 15 – October 31, 2019.

This year, Foundations received forty grant proposals from nineteen of the twenty-six Diocesan-sponsored Catholic schools in Fairfield County. The grant requests totaled nearly $300,000, more than double the available funding.

A grants committee carefully reviewed each proposal and submitted recommendations to Foundations’ Board of Trustees for approval. The committee is led by Dr. Julie McNamara, President Emerita of Albertus Magnus College and Foundations’ Board member.

An awards ceremony took place on Thursday, January 30th at the Discovery Museum in Bridgeport where grant honorees shared their creative vision with Foundations Board of Trustees, Grant Committee members and Donors.

Photos by Amy Mortensen

The event was sponsored by Milestone C, a Connecticut based education company whose mission is to shape future STEM leaders. Co-Founder and COO David Conelias commented, “Foundations in Education and Milestone C are like-minded organizations; supporting one another is the first step to securing the future of a young generation. The Milestone C team is ecstatic to help support Catholic schools in Fairfield County to remain at the cutting edge of academics and leadership development.”

Thanks to the generosity of donors, Foundations in Education continues its ongoing commitment to strengthening and transforming Catholic education.

“These grants will help to make education fun, exciting and innovative for so many students. We are so thankful to Foundations in Education for all they do for the schools,” shared Nancy DiBuono, St. Joseph High School Principal.

Foundations in Education is an independent non-profit initiative created to assist the Diocese of Bridgeport’s ongoing mission to support Catholic education in Fairfield County by supporting innovation in academic and extra-curricular programs, fostering opportunities for the professional development of school leaders and providing scholarship assistance to families in need.

To learn more about Foundations in Education or to learn how your gift can help transform the lives of Catholic school students, please visit the Foundations in Education website at:

2020 Innovation and Leadership Grant Awards

All Saints School, NorwalkEntrusting Teachers with the Tools to Create Learning Centers by Lauren Hurd$1,000
Assumption Catholic School, FairfieldAcoustic Relief by Debra Shea$3,500
Assumption Catholic SchoolFine Motor Strengthening Activities by Megan O'Rourke Agee$750
Cardinal Kung AcademyA Seat at the Table by Alexandra Kimball$11,500
Catholic Academy of Bridgeport-St. Augustine AcademyShaping Future STEM Leaders by Peaches Bernard, Sara Gardner, and Sister Lisa Florio$14,610
Greenwich Catholic SchoolGet On Your Feet, Pre-K Moves to the Beat! by Nicole Welge and Maria Fata$1,850
Holy Trinity Catholic Academy, SheltonSensory Path Project by Sheila Krawitz$2,000
Holy Trinity Catholic Academy, SheltonVideo Production in the Classroom by Laura Loso$3,085
Immaculate High School, Danbury3D Printer by Jeanine Antonios $3,000
Immaculate High School, DanburyInnovative Pop Up Art Program by Leslie Quinn$5,700
Kolbe Cathedral High School, BridgeportEmpowering Learners: Creating and Interpreting Media Messages in an Era of Fake News by Shelley Stedman $13,335
Notre Dame High School, FairfieldNotre Dame Art Production and Community Beautification Art Club by Jennifer Strausser$5,000
Office of the Superintendent of SchoolsNext Generation Catholic Science Education for High Schools$10,500
Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Academy, WiltonSewing for Good by Rose Highland$700
St. Gregory the Great School, DanburyPutting on a Podcast by Suzanne Curra$1,500
St. James School, StratfordLearning Center Support Lab by Megan Flood Merwin $5,000 and Success with Smart Televisions by Mary Merly$2,800
St. Joseph High School, TrumbullAviation and Flight Science by Mattias Mirabile $7,000, ImmerseMe Language Project by Jaqueline Carvalho-Sullivan$4,000
St. Joseph High School, TrumbullMath in Motion by Robin Berry$3,540
St. Joseph High School, TrumbullPut the A into STEAM Education by Kathleen Cardillo, Cindy Richter, and Matthew Kavulich$10,000
St. Joseph School, DanburyEngaging Through Code by David Bongiorno$2,000
St. Mark School, StratfordEducating the Whole Child by Melissa Warner$9,632
St. Mary School, RidgefieldLego/Steam by Joanne Seavy$7,500
St. Mary School, RidgefieldSit or Stand: Flexible Seating Affects Student Achievement and Engagement by Jennifer Kasinskas$5,500
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School, FairfieldSchool-Based Video Program by Paul Piorek and Celeste Davis$2,500