By Maria Roman
“Digital Diversity — Logging on for Education” was the theme of Concepts for Adaptive Learning’s (CfAL) 12th Annual Fundraiser held at Anthony’s Ocean View in New Haven on September 9. Along with Anthony’s delicious hors d’oeuvres was wine sampling from over 12 wineries. The wines were acquired with the support of Grand Vin Fine Wine & Spirits, also of New Haven. The agenda included a silent auction with items donated from area businesses, which featured a table of professional sports memorabilia. Educators, community leaders and supporters enjoyed the event while listening to live jazz from the Richard “Cookie” Thomas Trio as WTNH Anchor, Keith Kountz emceed. One of the evening’s announcements was about Karyn Stokes stepping into the position of executive director, replacing Curtis Hill as he retired.
The cause for the fun-filled evening was to raise money to benefit CfAL’s Parent Program, which is helping to increase the educational achievement of public school children by extending learning beyond the classroom in Connecticut’s major communities of New Haven, Bridgeport, Waterbury, Meriden and Hartford. The program gives free computers to underprivileged children in the public school system who do not have a computer in the home. The organization is unique in that it uses the resources of technology to educate teachers, students and parents as its foundation for improving learning outcomes.
“Can you imagine a child trying to do homework without a computer today? It’s really impossible,” stated Project Manager Barbara Carroll when explaining the criteria of the program, which include the parent/caregiver attending six workshops consisting of learning basic computer and home teaching skills, offered in English and Spanish. Workshop facilitator, Anaika Ocasio, said that raw statistics and resources are given to the parents and the curriculum is designed to “arm the parent with tools to make their child a successful learner.”
Carroll said the organization is looking to grow parent participation in Bridgeport and Waterbury.
More information on CFAL can be found on their website: www.eachchildlearns.org.