Classroom Projects Funded for NPS Teachers On

25 NPS Teachers Part of National Classroom Funding Effort
Posted on 03/10/2016
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Today, 25 teachers representing 10 Norwalk Public Schools had their classroom project requests on fully funded by the Dalio Foundation. Norwalk's educators are among the 386 Connecticut teachers who had their projects funded as part of a national classroom funding effort.  

More than fifty athletes, actors, founders, and philanthropists announced a surprise “flash funding” of classroom project requests posted on in communities across America. Collectively, these individuals committed more than $14 million to fund nearly 12,000 projects, including books, art supplies, science equipment, field trips, and more, in communities spanning 47 states. The “flashmob” is now encouraging the public to join them by donating to classroom projects on, making it a #BestSchoolDay for public school teachers and students nationwide.

See below for a list of funded NPS Teachers and Projects.

“We all remember special days at school, whether it was going on a field trip, doing a science experiement, or performing in a school play,” said Charles Best, founder and CEO of  “Teachers have a hard time providing these experiences when their classrooms lack resources and when they have to go into their own pockets to buy school supplies.  We’re soo grateful to the people who’ve kicked off this philanthropic flashmob, and hope that everyone – no matter the size of their wallet – will join this act of mass generosity by supporting a classroom project and committing to make every day a #BestSchoolDay.”   

In Connecticut, 386 teachers who requested support for their classroom projects via learned their funding will be granted, completing just over 500 projects across the state. The teachers represent 188 Connecticut public schools.  Approximately 40,000 students will benefit from the classroom projects, and the incredible teacher creativity in designing them. 

Stephen Colbert, a board member of, planted the seed for  #BestSchoolDay when he unveiled the funding of all classroom projects in his home state of South Carolina in May 2015.  Seeing the impact of that gift, Livia and Biz Stone, co-founder of Twitter, committed to fund all the projects in Boston and Richmond, CA, which spurred Twitter co-founders Jack Dorsey and Evan Williams to commit to the states where they grew up, and the concept grew from there. shared the news with teachers and supporters today via social media, videos, and emails sent to teachers whose projects were funded. This is the largest flash funding effort the organization has undertaken since its founding in 2000.  To be eligible for the flash funding, teachers in funded areas had to have submitted a project to by March 7, 2016.

Many #BestSchoolDay funders chose to support their home city or state. To showcase the areas that have been flash funded, partnered with The Huffington Post to create interactive media hub highlighting the communities funded through #BestSchoolDay and the needs that still exist in America’s classrooms.

To inspire everyone to support classroom projects and public school teachers, Barbara Dalio and her family’s Dalio Foundation provided the Connecticut donations in response to requests from teachers.  “I am very impressed by the resourcefulness of Connecticut teachers, and their ability to find the tools they need to teach their students well,” said Barbara Dalio.  “Supporting them through is a great opportunity to thank them for their care and dedication to children."  

“The #BestSchoolDay brings a welcomed spotlight on teacher innovation happening throughout our communities, and we are delighted by the enthusiastic support for our talented and inspirational teachers.  #BestSchoolDay recognizes the incredible investment of our educators in providing our students with rich learning experiences,” said Connecticut Education Commissioner Dianna R. Wentzell.  “We congratulate the educators surprised by today’s announcement and we celebrate all our educators for their daily contributions to supporting the success of our students.”

"I applaud and support for supporting teachers for their innovation and creativity, which leads to student engagement, and ultimately student achievement, as well as helping school climate,” said Jan Hochadel, President of AFT Connecticut.  "I would like to personally thank the Dalio Foundation for their continued support of teachers in Connecticut, and we encourage everyone to join in supporting teachers across the state. “

Those interested in supporting a classroom project can visit to find a project request matching their interests or within a specific community.  

Norwalk Public Schools Funded Classroom Requests


Project Name Teacher Last Name School
Technology Support in the Classroom Capomolla Silvermine Elementary School
Help Us Get Ready for a Techy World Bartling Jefferson Science Magnet School
I Can't Hear You! Bartling Jefferson Science Magnet School
Can You Please Show Me? Bartling Jefferson Science Magnet School
Photography and the National Parks: A Lens for Learning Imhoff Columbus Magnet Elementary School
Tablets For Kinders Monteiro-Walsh Tracey Elementary School
Art Through Technology! Bartling Jefferson Science Magnet School
Help Keep Kindergarten Fun with Dramatic Play Malizia Brookside Elementary School
Keep Play in Kindergarten Malizia Fox Run Elementary School
Technology In Our Lives Mitchell Jefferson Science Magnet School
Reading, Writing and Play! Signore Jefferson Science Magnet School
Music Rug for My Classroom Lemak Wolfpit Elementary School
Chromebooks For Literacy And Math Centers Lee Brookside Elementary School
Home Sweet Home Mcwilliams Jefferson Science Magnet School
Empowering Students with Art Smith Brookside Elementary School
Stop, Grab a Book, and Listen! Mitchell Jefferson Science Magnet School
iPad Swag on the Go Gonzales Jefferson Science Magnet School
You Should Have Seen it in Color! Ortiz Jefferson Science Magnet School
Hands On Fun! Mitchell Jefferson Science Magnet School
Vantine's Victorious Students! Shea-Vantine Tracey Elementary School
Chairs to Create Comfort for Struggling Readers Khamarji West Rocks Middle School
Novels to Teach the Theme of Friendship Sabol West Rocks Middle School
Digital Art History Library For The 21st Century! Manousos Brien McMahon High School
Take Our Learning to the Next Dimension Munrow Norwalk High School
YA en Espanol Andronik Brien McMahon High School