February 5, 2016

“Cider Mill 5th Graders Chosen to be Part of WEF’s “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader””

Sixteen 5th graders from Cider Mill have been chosen to represent their classmates at Wilton Education Foundation’s 6th annual fundraiser, “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?”

Based on the hit TV show of the same name, the spirited game show places Wilton’s brightest 5th graders from Cider Mill on stage to readily assist ‘celebrity’ contestants in answering questions derived from the elementary school’s challenging curriculum. WEF’s version is a family-friendly event that incorporates Wilton-specific subject matter into the trivia, utilizing the technology the organization helps to fund for the schools, like interactive SMARTBoards and iPads, to display questions and provide responses.(Continued)


Wilton Bulletin

January 9, 2016

“Rock concerts kick off Reading Rocks in Wilton”

Read this article about Reading Rocks!, WEF’s non-competitive read-a-thon for students in pre-K through fifth grade.

Wilton Education Foundation’s fifth annual Reading Rocks! program added a new twist to its kickoff on Jan. 7, with rock concerts at Miller-Driscoll and Cider Mill schools.

Students at Miller-Driscoll were treated to a performance by Black Tie Affair, which is comprised of Wilton High School seniors Tristan Clark, Will Comer, Elliot Connors and Tommy Crimmins. Students at Cider Mill enjoyed a concert led by a group of teachers including Frank Coomaraswamy, Tim Gallo, Ken Hayashi, Andrew Pearson and Kate Sheehan, with the help of a guest drummer. (Continued)

October 16, 2015

“WEF Approves $100,000 Grant for Schools, Topping Half Million Dollars Since 2010”

Read this article about the most recent $100K grant and how WEF has helped our schools.

The Wilton Education Foundation (WEF) gave the students in Wilton’s four schools a wonderful “back to school” present at last week’s Education Foundation board meeting, approving $100,000 in grant funding to support the students in their pursuit of arts and technology education. This grant brings the total funding commitment made since 2010 to more than $500,000 provided by the Wilton Education Foundation.(Continued)


Wilton Bulletin

September 10, 2015

“High school TV studio gets summer makeover”

Read this article about the student led project to create a WHS video studio with WEF funding.

Wilton High School’s TV studio, home of the student-run Morning Warrior talk show, was updated, renovated and expanded over the summer, thanks to a grant from the Wilton Education Foundation (WEF) and with the help of dedicated and hardworking students like senior Quentin Burns.

Quentin, this year’s Morning Warrior senior producer, not only helped pick equipment for the new studio, he said, but also assisted in its construction and made sure the system architecture worked. (Continued)


Wilton Patch

October 31, 2013

“WEF Artist-in-Residence Program Funded to the Tune of $5K

The Wilton Education Foundation (WEF) announced that during the September 22 board meeting, the organization unanimously voted to approve allocating the $5,000 Arts funding to support the WEF Artist In Residence program.

The WEF Artist In Residence program will allow Wilton High School students in arts and music programs to work directly with professionals throughout the year both during and after school hours primarily with small specific groups.  These professionals will supplement the high school’s exceptionally talented staff and provide additional support to the students… (Continued)


Wilton Bulletin and Daily Wilton Voice

July 25, 2013

“Distinguished Citizen Awards – YMCA Announces Annual Winners”

Erin Woolard and the Wilton Education Foundation have been named the two winners of this year’s Distinguished Citizen Award bestowed by the Wilton YMCA. 

“We are very pleased to announce our two Distinguished Citizen Award winners, Erin Woolard and the Wilton Education Foundation.”  Wilton Y Executive Director Bob McDowell said in a press release.  “Both are extremely deserving after demonstrating many years of outstanding volunteer service to our community.  We look forward to presenting the Awards at the Community Celebration when friends and family can be there to congratulate them.” (Continued)


Daily Wilton Voice

May 23, 2013

“Runners to Hit the Road for Education in Wilton”

Grab your running shoes, Wilton. The fifth annual Get Smart For Wilton 5K schools fundraising race returns this Sunday. This popular family-friendly event, sponsored by the Wilton Education Foundation, allows runners and walkers of all ages and ability levels the opportunity to help raise funds for Wilton Public Schools while enjoying a fun workout… (Continued)


Wilton Bulletin

May 22, 2013

Get Smart 5K is Set for May 26″

The 5th annual Get Smart for Wilton 5K, hosted by the Wilton Education Foundation (WEF), will take place on Sunday, May 26, at 9 a.m. at the Wilton High School track. Now in its fifth year, more than 300 people are expected to participate, from the  competitive runner to families who want to run/walk a 5K together… (Continued)


Daily Wilton Voice

May 15, 2013

“Letter: Thank You for Making Wilton’s Read Aloud Day a Success”

As the adage goes, “It takes a village to raise a child.” On behalf of the Wilton Education Foundation, it is with great pleasure that I share the news that Read Aloud Day, which took place at Cider Mill School on Monday, was a great success! The twice-yearly program encourages community leaders to spend the morning reading aloud to… (Continued)


Wilton Bulletin

May 13, 2013

“Videos: Acoustic Wilton” 

Acoustic Wilton: Wilton High School senior Nicole Smirnov performs Adele’s “MakeYou Feel My Love” with Cole Smith on violin and Molly Mendola on piano at the March fund-raiser for the Wilton Education Foundation. (View)

Wilton High School students Carter Vail, center, Wes Wallace and Cole Smith, on violin, perform Ants Marching at the Acoustic Wilton March 16 benefit concert for the Wilton Education Foundation. (View)

Wilton High School students Quinn Reedy, Ellie Mendola and Wes Wallace along with Middlebrook student Ian Filaski perform “Here Comes the Sun” along with Acoustic Wilton adult members Patty Perry, Dan Berg and Scott Weber. (View)


Wilton Villager/The Hour 

May 11, 2013

“Wilton Education Foundation Race Urges Residents to Get Smart for Town Schools”

For the fifth year, runners of all ages will take part in the Get Smart for Wilton 5K to raise funds for the Wilton Education Foundation. Like in years passed, the race will take place on Memorial Day weekend, this year on Sunday May 26. For the second year in a row, local running group Sol Sisters will organize the event… (Continued)


Wilton Patch

May 6, 2013

Running with Wind at their Backs, and Lyla in their Hearts

We all have our stories of how the Wilton community has stepped up for us. Like the runners’ community that showed its love and support through Ragnar, Wilton people are helpers, doers and friends. It’s no wonder that Kacky herself is just like that—she’s the kind of person who agreed to let me write about Lyla’s story only if I would mention the upcoming Wilton Education Foundation’s Memorial Day Get Smart for Wilton 5K, which she helps organize every year with her Sol Sister teammates… (Continued)


Wilton Bulletin

April 22, 2013

“Cider Mill Students Get Ready to Listen”

The Wilton Education Foundation (WEF) has expanded its popular and successful Read Aloud Day to a second date at Cider Mill School on Monday, May 13, from 8:30 to 10 a.m. The event already took place this past fall at Miller-Driscoll. Read Aloud Day, in its 19th year, brings members of the community into the classroom to not only… (Continued)

Board of Education Chairman Bruce Likly reads to students during Read Aloud Day.








Wilton Villager

April 12, 2013

“Wilton Education Foundation Thanks Volunteers”

On March 20th, 65 parents presented their professional career journeys to more than 1,000 Middlebrook students for “Career Awareness Day.” On behalf of the Wilton Education Foundation (WEF), I would like to personally thank each of the volunteers who lent their time and support to orchestrate this inspirational event. Career… (Continued) 


Wilton Patch

April 2, 2013

“Must-Do To Do’s in Wilton This Week”

Bottled Up! for Wilton Schools Bottle & Can Recycling Drive, Saturday April 6, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. A group of enterprising Wilton students are channeling their charitable spirit to capitalize on spring clean-up time. Bottled Up! for Wilton Schools, part of the Wilton Education Foundation, raises money for the Wilton school district by redeeming… (Continued)


Wilton Bulletin

March 14, 2013

“Acoustic Wilton Makes a Return to the Stage”

There is singing for your supper, but on Saturday, March 16, the student members of Acoustic Wilton will be singing for their schools. The band — composed of students and adults — will perform a diverse lineup of music beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Wilton High School’s Little Theater. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online at… (Continued)


Wilton Villager

February 28, 2013

“Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? Takes the Stage Again”

The Wilton Education Foundation’s annual Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader? event will be held in the Clune Center at Wilton High School at 7 p.m. and feature Cider Mill science teacher and Ambler farmer Kevin Meehan, first grade teacher Bryan Ennis, High School Heisman Trophy finalist Casey Pearsall and Olympic Gold Medalist and Women’s World Cup Champion Kristine Lilly… (Continued)


Wilton Bulletin: WiltonWeekend

February 28, 2013

“Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?”

You can find out on Friday, March 1, at 7 p.m. at the Clune Center when fifth graders take the state in the annual community quiz game. Participating will be, standing from left, Dalton DiCamillo, Regan Kahal, Maden Here, Griffin Morris, Larry Huang, Jeff Huang, Hope Edgerton and Rishabh Raniwala. Kneeling, from left, are Brandon… (Continued)







Wilton Daily Voice

February 26, 2013

“Wilton Stars to Match Wits with Fifth Graders Friday”

Four well-known Wilton residents, including a world-famous famous soccer star, will test their knowledge Friday to see if they are smarter than fifth-graders. The Wilton Education Foundation will host its third annual “Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?” event at 7 p.m. Friday at the Clune Center at Wilton High School… (Continued) 

These fifth graders at Wilton’s Cider Mill School will take part in the Wilton Education Foundation’s spring fundraiser “Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?” The show takes place at 7 p.m. Friday at Wilton High School.












Wilton Patch

February 22, 2013

Kristine Lilly Headlines Wilton Education Foundation’s ‘Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?’ Fundraiser

Lilly will be joined by teachers, Kevin Meehan and Brian Ennis, and hometown sports phenom, Casey Pearsall, as celebrity contestants going head-to-head—with the help of Cider Mill students—to find out if they still make the grade. 

Wilton Education Foundation (WEF) has announced the official roster of contestants…(Continued)


Wilton Bulletin

February 12, 2013

“Students Raise $35,000 Through Reading Rocks”

Pledge forms with donations for “Reading Rocks!” have been submitted and garnered $35,000 in proceeds for the Wilton Education Foundation. The event is an initiative created to encourage children in kindergarten through fifth grade to have fun reading while raising money in the process. Currently, 1,100 students are working to complete their… (Continued)

Second graders celebrate Reading Rocks! with colorful signs and necklaces. From left are Alexa Steckel, Matthew Ferencz, Luke Thornbrough, Donna Stepnowsky and Ella Christ.












Wilton Bulletin

January 24, 2013

“Foundation Forum: Our Obligation to Reading is Ongoing”

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you’ll go.”
— Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
The Sept. 24, 2012 headline in the Washington Post said it all — “SAT reading scores hit a four-decade low.” The article went on to say “Reading… (Continued)


Wilton Patch

January 22, 2013

“Wilton Readers Rock On!”

The second year of the Wilton Education Foundation’s “Reading Rocks!” Read-a-Thon program hits its stride this week in the town’s public schools. Wilton students in kindergarten through fifth grade are reading and rockin’ this week, as part of the schools’ participation in the second annual “Reading Rocks!” Read-a-Thon program, organized by the… (Continued)

“Reading Rocks!” launches: Eli Grass, Alexa Steckel, Owen Steckel and Jane Hughes make their book selections.










The Hour

January 19, 2013

“‘Reading Rocks’ Kicks Off for Year Two”

The Wilton Education Foundation’s Reading Rocks program is coming to Miller-Driscoll School and Cider Mill School to encourage children to pick up a book. The event, touted as a celebration of reading, raises money for the foundation and helps fund its programs to support the Wilton public schools. “It’s a celebration of reading. Whatever… (Continued)


Hamlet Hub 

January 9, 2013

“‘Reading Rocks!’ is Back!”

The Wilton Education Foundation presents the 2nd annual “Reading Rocks!” event, a fun, non-competitive fundraiser that encourages students to select their own reading goals. Last year, 1,200 K-5 students participated and raised more than $40,000 for Wilton public schools!  Stay tuned to find out what things this year will bring!… (Continued)





Wilton Bulletin 

November 29, 2012

“Thanks for Giving”

History suggests that when the Wilton pilgrims sat down to celebrate those early Thanksgiving feasts, they had much for which to be thankful. I suspect they were thankful not to have electricity that suddenly could be lost with each passing storm; I bet they were thankful for not having to endure presidential election campaigns; and I’m … (Continued)


Wilton Bulletin 

November 13, 2012

“‘Bee’ There or ‘Bee’ Square”

Kimber Felton, Spelling Bee Chair, is ‘buzzing’ about the upcoming Spelling Bee, presented by the Wilton Education Foundation, to raise funds for Wilton public schools. While grown-ups do the actual spelling — in costume, no less — all ages are more than welcome to attend this fun, family-friendly event. Proceeds directly benefit Wilton public schools… (Continued)

“‘Bee’ There or ‘Bee’ Square”








Wilton Patch

November 12, 2012

“Buzz! Buzz! The Bee was Me”

The things you do to promote the causes you love. Patch columnist Heather Borden Herve on building ‘buzz’ for the Wilton Education Foundation’s upcoming Spelling Bee. When you volunteer for a cause in which you believe wholeheartedly, you’re willing to do just about anything. So perhaps that explains why I embarrassed myself standing…  (Continued)

“Buzz! Buzz! The Bee Was Me”








Hamlet Hub

November 11, 2012

“WEF Hosts Adult Spelling Bee”

Have you heard the BUZZZ? What is it? A mix of Wilton’s hardcore spelling nerds, class clowns and lovers of logorrhea—from high school seniors to seniors citizens—who will check their dignity at the door and compete in teams of three for bragging rights and shiny trophies while raising funds to enrich Wilton’s public schools…  (Continued)

“WEF Hosts Adult Spelling Bee”









Wilton Bulletin

October 25, 2012

“Spelling Bee Promises to Bring Laughs, Dollars to Schools”

In 1925, the winning word in the National Spelling Bee was gladiolus. Things have gotten a lot harder. This year’s winning word was guetapens. Last year it was cymotrichous. How about autochthonous from 2004? (Their meanings: ambush, having wavy hair and aboriginal.) One hopes the words presented in the Wilton Education Foundation’s Inaugural Spelling Bee …  (Continued)


Wilton Villager

October 19, 2012

“Wilton Education Foundation Looks to Create a Swarm of Fundraising with Inaugural Spelling Bee”

The Wilton Education Foundation is hoping to stir up a swarm of support for town schools at their first-ever Spelling Bee. The bee, to be held in Wilton High School’s Clune Center for the Arts Friday, Nov. 16, will pit three-member hives, made up of a team leader in a Queen or Killer Bee and two drones, against each other for spelling supremacy. “Costumes, especially antennas, are extremely important. I think you’ll see… (Continued)

“Wilton Education Foundation looks to create a swarm of fundraising with inaugural Spelling Bee”










Westport, Weston & Wilton Magazine

September to October, 2012

“A Good Run”

Nearly 300 runners darted from the starting line on the perfect running day, to compete in the fourth annual Get Smart for Wilton 5K, to benefit the Wilton Education Foundation (WEF). The highest turnout in the event’s history, everyone from marathoners to casual joggers raced the 3.1-mile course, while families and friends cheered… (Continued)


Wilton Bulletin

September 27, 2012

“Foundation Forum: New Leaders and New Projects”

An amazing partnership is taking hold in Wilton — a partnership between a core group of committed volunteers and a community willing to fund its efforts in support of our students and their teachers. It’s a collaboration that places the education of our children first and is dedicated to making absolutely certain that our students have the tools and resources… (Continued)


Wilton Bulletin

September 20, 2012

“Education Nonprofit Launches New Website”

The Board of Education accepted a total of $133,431.34 in donations to the school district at its June 28 meeting, much of which will be going towards. Thanks to hard work and a good deal of generosity, Wilton schools have taken another leap forward in the technology race. (Continued)

“Education nonprofit launches new website”


Wilton Bulletin

September 13, 2012

“Wilton Education Foundation: New Leadership Takes the Helm”

With the beginning of the school year, the Wilton Education Foundation (WEF) is seeing a change in leadership. Scott Weber and Matthew Greene have stepped up as co-chairmen, succeeding Christopher “Kit” Smith, who led the foundation for three years. “WEF’s Board of Directors is committed to the belief that excellent public schools are essential to the social and economic fabric of the Wilton community… (Continued)

“New leadership takes the helm”









Wilton Bulletin

August 27, 2012

“Here’s what’s new as Wilton schools open for new school year”

…Technology: Schools will also receive a new technology package, which will be incorporated into the classroom, including SMART Boards, iPad carts, an increased use of Web supplements and broader Wi-Fi access. The high school is moving towards full implementation of wireless Internet, and grades K-8 and library media centers are in the process of doing so as well. Web access can be an opportunity for teachers to integrate new devices, programmed with educational software, into the classroom. Computer access will be further expanded as a variety of funding sources — from the operating budget, PTA donations, and some from Wilton Education Foundation — have allowed for new iPad carts, which will be used as “mobile computer labs.” The carts include a charging unit and are able to move the resources from one classroom to another, as opposed to the two fixed computer labs at Cider Mill School…(Continued)


Westport Magazine

July/August 2012

“A Good Run”

Nearly 300 runners darted from the starting line on the perfect running day, to compete in the fourth annual Get Smart for Wilton 5K, to benefit the Wilton Education Foundation (WEF). The highest turnout in the event’s history, everyone from marathoners to casual joggers raced the 3.1-mile course, while families and friends cheered… (Continued)

Jackie Christman, Lynn DiNanno, Katie Denious, winner Mary Zengo and Kacky Theoharides








Wilton Bulletin

July 6, 2012

“Donations bring SMARTBoards and iPads to Wilton schools”

Thanks to hard work and a good deal of generosity, Wilton schools have taken another leap forward in the technology race. The Board of Education accepted a total of $133,431.34 in donations to the school district at its June 28 meeting, much of which will be going towards purchasing iPads, projectors, and SMARTBoards for Wilton schools. (Continued)


Wilton Bulletin

June 28, 2012

“Foundation Forum: It was a very good year”

The Wilton Education Foundation experienced a breakout year in fiscal 2011-2012. More than $100,000 was raised and donated to the Wilton schools thanks to the hard work and dedication of the many volunteers active in the organization. This was a new fundraising record for the foundation, easily topping the prior record of $75,000 donated in the prior school year. (Continued)



June 19, 2012

“Nearly 300 Runners Compete in ‘Get Smart for Wilton 5K’ to Benefit Wilton Schools” 

On Sunday, May 27th, residents of Wilton and neighboring towns kicked off Memorial Day weekend by participating in the Wilton Education Foundation’s 4th annual “Get Smart for Wilton 5K.” The 3.1-­‐mile event attracted the largest turnout in event history, with nearly 300 racers running to support Wilton’s children and educators. Race proceeds help fund Wilton schools’ technology, music and the arts, and staff development. (Continued)