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Our proud history spans more than 150 years.
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The Teacher Education and Mentoring Program (TEAM) is a two year induction program for
beginning teachers that includes mentorship and professional development. Beginning
teachers participating in the program are assigned a trained mentor to guide them
through developing individualized growth plans, uniquely based on their own needs as
Avon teacher Jeff Dubois (right) won closest to the pin on the 18th hole at CEF's Hands Across the Green
golf tournament, which brought hundreds of teachers together for a great cause. Helping Dubois measure is
fellow teacher Jim Connelly. See more photos.
July 18, 2017
More than 200 Connecticut teachers, supporters, and CEA staff hit the links at Glastonbury Hills Country Club on
July 17 as part of CEA's largest fundraiser of the year to benefit public school students in need.
The Connecticut Education Foundation's (CEF) 23rd annual
Hands Across the Green Golf Tournament is projected to raise $25,000 or more for The Children's Fund, which provides
eyeglasses, clothing, school supplies, and many other essentials for disadvantaged children throughout the
state, as well as the Edward J. Boland Financial Assistance Fund, which helps teachers facing extraordinary
Throughout the year, teachers turn to CEF to request money for essential items for students or colleagues
experiencing significant financial hardships.
"This tournament helps raise money to make that kind of assistance possible," says CEA Vice President and CEF
President Jeff Leake, who credits the players, sponsors, and volunteers for making the event a success on the
course and for making sure that success reaches the classroom. "Working together, we make lives better for so
many children." Leake points out that every school district—even in the most affluent
community—has children who lack some of the supports and resources they need. Teachers, he says, are in a
unique position to know where those gaps exist and reach out to CEF for help.
CEA Vice President and CEF President Jeff Leake credits players, sponsors, and volunteers for making the
annual golf tournament a success on the course and in the classroom.
Over the past 23 years, the tournament has raised nearly $700,000 for needy children in Connecticut's public
schools. CEF relies on teachers spreading the word about the tournament so that more people will play,
volunteer, and support the fund.
"Everyone who plays or volunteers has a great time," says Leake, "and we encourage all teachers and their
friends to participate. It's a day of fresh air and camaraderie, and the benefits extend to children throughout
the state and throughout the year."
"It's one of the things I really look forward to," said Ashford teacher Chris Busse, whose district has used the
Children's Fund to supply eyeglasses for students in need.
"You can't beat it," Region 14 teacher Adam Brutting agreed. "What a nice day out with friends."
Suffield teacher Stephannie Holland, who has been teaching for 18 years, participated in the tournament for the
first time this year. "This event is awesome," she said. "We all want to support our students and help every
child be the best he or she can be."
2017 was the inaugural tournament for dozens of participants like Holland—from Hebron and Manchester to
Salisbury and Putnam—while other teachers have teed off at Hands Across the Green since its inception. Retired
teacher Bernie Schreiber logged his 23rd year with the tournament.
"Anytime you're involved in charitable work, it's a great thing," said Avon teacher Jamaal Lee, returning for a
second year and bringing seven colleagues with him, all participating for the very first time. One of his fellow
teachers, Jeff DuBois, won closest to the pin on the 18th hole, with a distance of 17".
Like Avon, Cheshire also turned out in force, with 15 teachers and a former student forming four out of the 49
teams in the tournament. Cheshire teacher John Perosino said, "It's a great time and a great way to raise money
for children in need."
West Hartford teachers Jim Wilkinson, local President Theresa McKeown, and former President Ted Goerner
celebrate a great shot.
South Windsor Education Association President John Hackett noted that The Children's Fund has helped students in
his district facing unexpected hardships.
"We had a family who lost most of their possessions in a fire," Hackett recalled. "The fund helped them get back
on their feet."
Tim Zeuschner, also from South Windsor, said the Boland Fund has come through for his fellow teachers as well,
including one who suffered a debilitating injury and another coping with a chronic illness.
"The fund is so valuable. It has gotten some of our colleagues through catastrophic illnesses. These problems
are not limited to lower socioeconomic areas; they affect people everywhere. These teachers could have lost
their homes. Our students also benefited from assistive technologies that weren't otherwise covered."
"It's a great course and a great cause, and there is a definitely a need for this fund," Westbrook physical
education teacher Brent Ali agreed. Ali and two other P.E. teachers from Westbrook, Ryan Percival and Tim
Marshall—all veteran teachers and golfers—were grateful to their district for supporting their
participation in the tournament.
"The course is beautiful, and CEF does a great job putting on this event," said Marshall.
"We enjoy spending time out here with our colleagues from around the state," Percival added.
"It's good to be back," said Southington Education Association President and longtime tournament participant Dan
Hart, who returned last year after a hiatus. "It's an awful lot of fun, and so many children need extra
assistance, so our efforts go to a good cause."
Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield has been the tournament's Platinum Sponsor for the past 18 years, and Graystone
Consulting/Morgan Stanley was the tournament's Gold Sponsor.
Teachers are a selfless group who choose their profession because of a love for children and teaching, not for any expectation of accolades or honors. And that makes those times teachers are recognized and have a chance to be in the spotlight all the more special.
Once again, the Connecticut Education Foundation's Board of Directors invites you to support the Children's Fund by joining Association members and CEA staff at the 25th Annual Hands Across the Green Golf Tournament on Monday, July 15.
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