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 they need to grow and make a difference in the world.

The Wilton Education Foundation (WEF) is dedicated to enriching the learning experience for our students by providing four key components:

•ongoing professional development of our teachers;

•the latest in innovative and interactive teaching tools;

•support for music and the arts; and

•“beyond the classroom” experiences to provide our children with confidence and skills to succeed in college and beyond.

This past year, this partnership enabled the Wilton Education Foundation to be more successful than ever before in achieving its mission, and made it possible for WEF to commit $100,000 toward the following:

•purchasing 12 SMART Boards and nine mounted projectors for Middlebrook students;

•sending teachers to the Summer Institute at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College for professional development;

•enriching the libraries of Miller-Driscoll and Cider Mill for literacy instruction;

•offering a range of enrichment programs in dance and the performing arts in our schools; and

•enabling Kevin Meehan, science resource teacher at Cider Mill, to mentor students building a trebuchet for the World Championship Punkin’ Chunkin’ contest.

Additional funds have been earmarked to purchase an Apple iPad Learning Lab for students in Cider Mill School. Of note, the foundation’s recent and previous donations of SMART Boards have helped the Wilton School District to reach 100% penetration of SMART Board technology in K-8 classrooms as students began classes this fall.

As a new leadership team takes the reins at the Wilton Education Foundation this fall and our core group of volunteers continues to grow, it is important that we maintain our commitment to this partnership and the principles that enable us to positively impact our community. Whether it be legacy programs, like Commemorative Bricks and our annual appeal, or our new events such as “Reading Rocks” and the “Spelling Bee” (Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. in the Clune Center at Wilton High School), WEF is committed to taking another step forward to become an even more vital part of the Wilton community.

On behalf of our executive committee and program chairs — Maxine Berg, Kara Bingaman, Heather Borden Herve, Renee Cahill, Torie Clancy, Patty Connor, Kimber Felton, Scott Ingerman, Vivian McVey, Marybeth Nisco, Debby Rowland, Julie Steckel, Heidi von Hoffmann, Kit Smith and all of our volunteers — thank you for this partnership. We welcome you to join us and volunteer your time to help us continue to make a difference. Our meetings are usually held one Tuesday evening each month at the high school, and we have many events and programs that need participants and volunteers, including Read Aloud Day (Oct. 22 at Miller-Driscoll), the Spelling Bee, and “Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?”

To learn more about volunteering, please email Vivian McVey at vanddm@optonline.net.

To learn more about the Wilton Education Foundation, visit our new website at wiltoneducationfoundation.org.