Children's Community School (CCS) Waterbury, CT

This year has been exceptional. The student body grew to almost 150 youngsters. The intensive music program Bravo Waterbury![1] got off to a great start. Our volunteer body expanded to include individuals as far afield as Litchfield. The school’s security system got a complete overhaul thanks to the generosity of Alexion Pharmaceuticals. The Annual Dinner was a huge success, and the Waterbury YMCA made our 5K Road Race possible for a second year in a row.

Your support has proven to be a fabulous investment. Almost all of our students are at or above grade level as measured by standardized tests, and more than 90% of our graduates go on to complete high school on time (at the last Annual Dinner we celebrated a CCS graduate who is now in postgraduate school!). Our students routinely describe CCS as safe and enriching, which is reflected in the very high attendance rate and almost complete lack of discipline issues. Parents are living up to their agreement to stay involved in their children’s education, as was seen again this year when they all attended parent/teacher conferences.

We believe that the CCS educational model is making a difference in the lives of Waterbury’s inner-city children. Thanks to dedicated teachers, small classes with individualized attention, a challenging curriculum combined with high expectations, and dozens of volunteer tutors, we are able to provide a strong and comprehensive curriculum, even to our very youngest children (the enclosed newsletter describes in more detail the educational approach of the pre-K teachers). The full-day (6:30 am to 6:00 pm) program combined with a summer of academics and enrichment gives a phenomenal amount of support to our children, who otherwise lack enriching opportunities. The mentoring program, pairing adult volunteers with 5th-grade students, follows our graduates through middle school and often beyond.

The school also believes in the importance of teaching our children social/emotional skills such as respect for self and others, knowing how to make good choices, and self-confidence and courage. Research shows that these traits are just as important as academic skills in future performance. (Last year, one of our alumni addressed our graduating class and said that she attributed her success to the personal confidence CCS had given her as a student.) 

For all these reasons, I thank you for supporting CCS.  By supporting our children’s education, you are helping them break out of the limitations of inner-city life and improving their chances of becoming valued members of the community.

My best wishes,

Barbara Ruggiero, Ph.D.
Executive Director and Principal

[1] Music instruction can change lives, as is being proven by the Bravo Waterbury! program at CCS. Children who participate in several hours of music instruction daily learn self-discipline, the value of the group and the importance of the individual therein, analytical skills, artistic appreciation, and much more. These traits are fundamental to academic success. We are thrilled and honored to be the launching pad for this fabulous movement.

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