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Governor Lamont Highlights Summer Program Launch at Norwalk Maritime Aquarium with Support from COVID-19 Stimulus Fund


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Governor Lamont Highlights Summer Program Launch at Norwalk Maritime Aquarium with Support from COVID-19 Stimulus Fund

(NORWALK, CT) – Governor Ned Lamont today visited the Norwalk Marine Aquarium to highlight an innovative summer program launched at the education center that will provide expanded access to high-quality enrichment opportunities at the over the coming months for children whose school experiences have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Norwalk program is one of 235 statewide receiving grants from the Connecticut State COVID-19 Recovery Fund to support expanding educational opportunities this summer. The Connecticut State Department of Education used a portion of its funding from the American Rescue Plan Act Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund to provide the grants. In total, they are expected to support expanded educational experiences this summer for more than 96,000 Connecticut students.

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is using its $ 244,180 grant to provide a next-generation science-aligned, project-based curriculum of study for K-3 students at Norwalk Public Schools who have been identified to participate in the summer school program as a condition for moving to the next grade level. The program will focus on hands-on learning and reintroduce school support systems disrupted by the pandemic. It is expected to serve 53 classes totaling 730 students through in-person activities including animal encounters, field trips and classroom experiences. Norwalk Public Schools is also contributing $ 1.2 million to support the costs of school personnel, facilities, transportation, classrooms, supplies and teacher training.

“During the pandemic, so many children have missed classroom experiences that are critical to their development. ” Governor Lamont said. “We have targeted a significant portion of our COVID relief dollars to expand educational opportunities this summer so that young people have more opportunity to explore new and enriching experiences that rekindle their creative energy.”

Connecticut families who want to find high-quality, community-based, and financially accessible enrichment programs that are available statewide this summer are encouraged to visit or dial 2-1-1.

“While students have fun reconnecting and socializing with their peers, these hands-on, community-based, financially accessible enrichment experiences will also promote their accelerated learning, skills acquisition, and exploration of new interests and pathways. postsecondary “, Acting Connecticut Education Commissioner Charlene Russell-Tucker said. “We look forward to making this summer a fun and productive summer every day, everywhere for each of our students. “

“Our ambitious summer school program will provide students with high quality learning opportunities through unique experiences with the many animals in our collection, along the shores of the Strait and from the deck of our floating classroom. . ” Jason Patlis, President and CEO of The Maritime Aquarium, said. “In partnership with Norwalk Public Schools and with state support, we are able to reach all K-3 public school students who need a helping hand. to overcome the profound challenges of this past year. “

The recipients of the 235 grants were ad in May. The grant application documents were created in collaboration with dozens of key stakeholders across Connecticut – including those responsible for summer programs – to enable the Connecticut Department of Education to identify and support high quality programs capable of expanding the capabilities of children of all ages.

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