Community Support Awards

The Meriden Board of Education recognizes our community partners. The Community Support Award strives to recognize those business partners, organizations, and individuals that have demonstrated outstanding support for our schools.

Meriden Schoolds Federal Credit Union, April, 2012

-        Gloria Griffith's spoke at the Platt DECA event last year

-        $500 to our schools for PBS programs

-        donated flash drives to Platt for PBS rewards

-        Credit Union branch at both high schools

-        work with our students in this endeavor

-        attend the HS open houses to talk to parents

-        $500 for Bob Hart Scholarship to a graduating senior

-        monetary donations towards Lincoln's annual Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

-        support the district's financial literacy efforts for students and families

Big Y, March 2012

Big Y of Meriden donated $500 to each of our schools as part of their grand opening in August.  That money was instrumental in the implementation of Meriden Public Schools' Positive Behavioral Supports (PBS) Program this year.  PBS is a program that aims to recognize students for their positive behavior.                                                

Big Y of Meriden is just one of the many community partners the school district collaborates with regularly.  The Meriden Board of Education looks forward to recognizing other community partners in the coming months.

The Greater Meriden Chamber of Commerce,  February 2012

The Chamber has been a long-standing supporter of our schools.  They have worked tirelessly to bridge the working relationship between Meriden Schools and the business community.  They have facilitated the partnership of several of our previous award winners and the school system.  In addition, the Chamber convenes an Education Committee regularly and includes a member of the Meriden Schools on that committee.  This is just one example of our close relationship with the Chamber.

Another example of the Greater Meriden Chamber of Commerce's support was their sponsorship of our Realtors' Breakfast last December.  The Chamber assisted us in reaching out to the local real estate industry and hosting a breakfast to highlight our schools.

The last two years, the Chamber brought in the business community by having a Greater Meriden Chamber of Commerce "After Hours" before our annual Transition Expo.  Their sponsorship of this event was integral to the success of the Expo.  It brought the business leaders together with the school system to discuss our students with disabilities and how we can collaborate especially in the area of jobs and careers.

Four Points Sheraton Meriden, January 2012

The Meriden Public Schools Transition Expo has been held at the Four Points for the last five years.  The Transition Expo provides students with disabilities along with their parents or guardians information pertaining to life after high school.  They have been more than willing to host this huge event attended by hundreds of people over the years.  They donate use of the entire ballroom for the event and donate staffs' time to assist in the event.  They have made the room accessible to all by setting up tables and chairs conducive to walkers and wheelchairs.   The 40-45 vendors tables were set up ranging from post-secondary education, state agencies, probate judge, social security and job agencies just to name a few.  Each year the event has grown and has become the most successful Transition Expo in the State.  The success is because of the venue and the organization that takes place behind the scenes from the staff at the Four Points by Sheraton Meriden. 

Webster Bank, December 2011

This is the third year of Israel Putnam's Mentoring Program. With the help of Meriden's Coordinator of Volunteers, Nan DesPres, Israel Putnam entered into a partnership with USI and Webster Bank to provide mentors for students at Israel Putnam. Currently there are 23 mentors from these two companies who come weekly to visit with students during their lunch and recess time. During this time, students share school happenings, play games, or just talk with their mentors. Our students eagerly look forward to these visits. USI and Webster Bank have been generous in letting their staff come every week. We are fortunate to have several "veteran" mentors who have actively recruited additional adults to serve in this role. We love this program because it brings another group of caring adults into the lives of our students. These adults make a difference every time they walk through the door!  We thank Webster Bank and USI for their support of Israel Putnam School.

Project Excel, Inc., November 2011

Project Excel is a non-profit organization supported by the staffs of the Meriden Public Schools that has honored the achievement of Meriden's students.  Project Excel holds a banquet each year to honor the top ten students from Platt High School and Maloney High School.  Bonds are given to these twenty students.  The district's fifth graders are honored at the Elementary Bonds Night and middle school students at a Bonds Night as well.  Over $350,000 has been awarded to Meriden students over the last 28 years. 

MidState Medical Center, October 2011

MidState has generously supported The Meriden Public Schools in many ways.  John Barry School has a longstanding school-business partnership with MidState of over 10 years.  They have adopted classrooms.  Barry School sends walking field trips there every year.  They have offered curricular support through health fairs for students and read-aloud days.   MidState staff judges the annual build-a- book contest, and they give monetary scholarship awards know as "Beacon Awards" to students at the end of the year awards assembly. The Beacon Awards go to children who exemplify the vision and mission of both MidState and John Barry.   They have invited many students, from across the district over the years, to demonstrations of the latest technologies in the medical field to MidState.

3M Purification of Meriden, September 2011

The first recipient of the Community Support Award was 3M Purification of Meriden. 3M has generously supported our schools by: donating 200 multimedia projectors for classrooms, donating supplies for our high schools, awarding a 3M Ingenuity Grant to teacher, Gary Maratea, at Washington Middle School, 3M staff donating their time in our elementary schools as part of the Visiting Wizards program, and two $10,000 3M High School Science grants.