Grant Increases Awareness for Gifted Student Needs in Fairfield County

CAG awarded $10,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation

Westport, CT:  The Connecticut Association for the Gifted (CAG) is pleased to announce they have received a $10,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation.  The grant is to generate awareness of the needs of gifted and high-potential children in all socio-economic, cultural, and racial groups, to generate support for strengthening education for gifted and high-potential students, and to let Fairfield County residents know that CAG is the best resource to meet the needs of gifted and high-potential students.

This project is important because it will:
• enable many unrecognized high-potential children to reach their full potential by identifying, encouraging, and capitalizing on their strengths
• have long-term benefits for the local communities, Fairfield County and Connecticut by providing more and better-prepared high-ability young adults from diverse communities to fill the demanding jobs required in the fast-changing global economy.

CAG Board President John Pellino said "I am tremendously grateful to the Fairfield County Community Foundation for recognizing the need to identify all gifted and high-potential students, and assure they achieve the promise they are capable of." High-potential learners span all cultures, races, classes and backgrounds.  There are many students in Fairfield County and the state of Connecticut, especially in the urban centers, who are not identified or recognized for their strengths and abilities, and are therefore not reaching their potential.  Research done by the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University found there is an "Excellence Gap" - that lower socio-economic demographic groups, as well as English Language Learners and Hispanic and Black students, were underrepresented at the highest levels of academic achievement, far below their counterparts.  As Jonathan Plucker, the report's lead author noted, "Our entire conversation about education has been focused on struggling students.  Although helping these students is important, clearly we can also focus some energy on higher levels of achievement."

About the Connecticut Association for the Gifted (CAG):
The Connecticut Association for the Gifted, founded in 1969, is the pre-eminent parent, teacher, and school resource and legislative advocate for Connecticut's gifted and talented students.  CAG provides parents with information and resources to benefit their talented children, educators with high quality professional development, and Boards of Education with the tools to support talented students.  Our highly acclaimed Minds in Motion programs engage hundreds of Connecticut students in high interest, interactive courses which stimulate learning.  CAG meets with legislators to advocate for legislation to provide high ability students with challenging curriculum.  Visit, or call (203) 968-8033 for more information.

About the Fairfield County Community Foundation (FCCF):
The Fairfield County Community Foundation promotes the growth of community and regional philanthropy to improve the quality of life throughout Fairfield County. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Foundation also provides philanthropic advisory services, and develops and leads initiatives to tackle critical community issues. It is in compliance with the Council on Foundations' national standards for community foundations. The Foundation has awarded more than $168 million in grants to nonprofits in Fairfield County and beyond. For more information, visit

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