Probus of Greater Hartford, a volunteer organization that supports the Education of Special Needs students, is pleased to announce 3 Teacher Initiated Grants to area local schools. All three grants are for projects designed to assist the students in transitioning from school to a work-related environment.

Grant #1 is to the Intensive Education Academy (IAE). This grant is to purchase the equipment required to establish a Coffee Shack set up. This coffee shack will be established in a location where the teachers and others can actually purchase a cup of coffee and other drinks along with snacks. The equipment includes the coffee making machine along with an “A” frame advertising board and other display items. This project will enable the students to learn skills in ordering, advertising, customer service, bookkeeping and reporting.

Grant #2 is Paddy’s Pickles. The creation of an IAE transitioning student, this new project the student intends to operate after his graduation, includes the activities mentioned above, but also the actual production of pickles. It is the hope and plan that Probus’s initial funding will allow the student with staff oversight to develop and implement an effective business plan for real work success after his upcoming graduation.

The third grant is awarded to a class in the Bloomfield School System. It will be to purchase equipment that will allow printing of photos and lettering on cloth. This way they can have Tee shirts or aprons, etc. imprinted with logos or lettering that will give a sense of unity to various school groups. This work will all be done by Special Needs students.

Probus has awarded over 20 small teacher-initiated project grants to area Private and Public schools over the last several years .We hope to continue this effort to support the Special Education teachers who deserve our admiration and support.

Persons interested in getting involved are asked to follow up via the Probus website.