OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2017 CEA ADVISOR 15 HELPING Help a Child This Holiday Season Join the 2017 Holiday Bear Project These are just a few of the notes the Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF) received from CEA members hoping to make the holidays a little brighter for their students. Teachers know firsthand the effects of poverty and trauma on a young person, and they know they can turn to CEF for help. CEF’s Holiday Bear gift-giving campaign delivers holiday magic to students throughout the state. “Each year, teachers identify students whose families are facing financial hardships or other challenges, and Holiday Bear provides much- needed cheer to those children and their families,” says CEA Vice President and CEF President Jeff Leake. Since 1998, more than 10,000 Connecticut public school students have benefited from Holiday Bear. GET INVOLVED “The Holiday Bear project brings out the true spirit of the holidays,” says Leake, “but we can’t do it alone. We need your help to identify children in the greatest need, and we need sponsors to help students and their families,” You can make a difference: • Sponsor a child by purchasing gifts • Donate money toward gifts or gift certificates Please deliver your gifts to CEA’s offices in Hartford or to your CEA UniServ office by Friday, November 17 . If you choose to deliver gifts to the students’ schools, please do so by December 8 . For more information, please contact CEA Vice President/CEF President Jeff Leake at email@example.com . He loves to sing and make music. Any items will be truly appreciated! …consistently kind, respectful, and hardworking in the school and local community. He has recently endured the difficult loss of his grandmother, who was his primary caretaker. It would mean the world to our school community to help him enjoy the spirit of the holiday season, as it will be a difficult one with his new environment at home. …needs a blanket for her bed (pink). My student has applied for a scholarship to attend the class trip to Washington, D.C. He needs a duffel bag and toiletries to travel with. He would also love a book about Washington or the government. This student does not have a lot. He lives in a homeless shelter. She is new to our school and came from a warmer environment so is in need of clothing for the colder temperatures here. Her mom requested socks and slippers.