Lace Up, Give Back

Lace Up, Give Back

Preparations are underway for the October 12 Eversource Hartford Marathon, and volunteers and runners are needed to join Team CEF.

The Connecticut Education Foundation (CEF), CEA's charitable arm, helps children and teachers with extraordinary personal hardships and provides scholarships for students planning teaching careers. This is CEF's sixth year as an official charity of the marathon.

"I can think of no better way to give back than to run the marathon with CEF as my charity," says Windsor Locks chemistry teacher Tim Percoski.

Whether you prefer to run or volunteer, the marathon provides multiple opportunities to support this worthy cause.

CEA Vice President Tom Nicholas, who serves as CEF's president, says, "Running isn't the only way to get involved in Team CEF. Every year, teachers come out and lend a hand by working concessions, serving as race monitors throughout the 26-mile course, donating funds, and handing out water and snacks to the runners. It's a lot of fun, it builds great camaraderie, and it shows how much we care about our students and our colleagues."

Who benefits from CEF?

Established in 1991, the nonprofit Connecticut Education Foundation consists of four funds:

  • The Edward J. Boland Fund provides relief for active CEA members facing extraordinary or catastrophic personal circumstances, such as a serious family illness, unforeseen disaster, or other financial crisis.
  • The Children's Fund supplies basic necessities such as clothing, food, medicine, eyeglasses, and hearing aids for children in need.
  • The Ethnic Minority Scholarship Fund supports qualified ethnic minority high school seniors intending to enter the teaching profession in Connecticut.
  • The DiGiovanni Future Teachers Scholarship Fund supports children of CEA members who plan to follow their parents into the teaching profession.

To join Team CEF as a runner, donor, or volunteer, contact

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