Roton Middle School after school students designing t-shirts!

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The Roton Middle School R.A.M.S. after school program runs Monday through Thursday from 3:00 to 5:30.  It is run by certified teachers and teaching aides from Roton Middle School.  The program Coordinator is Roton teacher Dean Vaccaro.

Here the students are designing t-shirts during the Enrichment Hour.

The first hour is the Homework Hour, during which time students complete their homework and receive assistance, as needed, along with a healthy snack and drink.  Math tutoring is available as well during this crucial time for preparing for the next school day and so that our students return home ready to be with their families having all their homework behind them. 

The next hour is the Enrichment Hour.  For Enrichment, students may participate in a variety of activities including Lego Robotics, International Cooking, Arts and Crafts, Drama/Theater Arts, Learn Italian, T-shirt Designing, and Computer Fun. Roton Middle School’s after school program creates a Game Room in the school library for an Enrichment Hour that includes computers, Wii, board games, Carrom, ping pong, and a full-size foosball table.

Enrichment is followed by the Wellness Hour during which time the students enjoy gym games and sports, which often includes students being on teams for “competition sports” that include dodgeball, basketball, stickball, kickball, badminton, bocce, soccer, and more.  

Darien Rotary Club's Spring Into Wellness Fair a great success for Carver!

Mark Nowotarski, Darien Rotary President, with volunteer members of Post 53 that has provided Darien for over 49 years with emergency medical services, while providing local high school students with an exceptional opportunity to serve their community. The dedicated volunteers of Post 53 operate three fully-equipped state-of-the-art ambulances, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Mark Nowotarski, Darien Rotary President, with volunteer members of Post 53 that has provided Darien for over 49 years with emergency medical services, while providing local high school students with an exceptional opportunity to serve their community. The dedicated volunteers of Post 53 operate three fully-equipped state-of-the-art ambulances, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The word travelled and the wellness fair was well attended today. Thank you, Darien Rotary members!

To welcome in Spring 2019, the Darien Rotary Club hosted a Spring Into Wellness! Fair today from 11:00am to 2:00pm to benefit Carver.

Event proceeds will go toward scholarships that enable Carver high school graduates in need to attend Norwalk Community College, helping them continue their education and improve their employment opportunities.

The event took place at Darien Office Suites, 30 Old Kings Highway South, 1st Floor Event Room, in Darien.

Visitors learned how to improve their health and wellness by sampling products and services from local organizations such as:

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 LYMBR - Personalized stretching
 Andrew Stephanou Salon and Spa - Chair massages
 Darien EMS-Post 53 - Blood pressure checks
 Darien Health Department - Health information
 OsteoStrong - Spinal health therapy
 Phyllis Weihs-Yavner, LPC - Mental health wellness counseling
 Kristina Hess - Nutrition counseling
 Vasayo - Nutritional supplements
 Diana Lea - Young Living essential oils
 Green & Tonic - Cold pressed organic juices

Admission included vendor samples and information. There was also a raffle for products and services donated by community businesses. From all of us at Carver, many thanks to the Draien Rotary and to all the local businesses and volunteers who made this event possible. THANK YOU!



Carver in the news: New Canaan Advertiser promotes Bankwell's drive to collect luggage for Carver students going on the 2019 Spring Break College Tour

Bankwell in New Canaan Branch Manager, Flo Carbone and Universal Banker at Bankwell in New Canaan, Martha Melitsanopoulos with luggage being collected for the Carver Foundation’s College Tour.— Contributed photo

Bankwell in New Canaan Branch Manager, Flo Carbone and Universal Banker at Bankwell in New Canaan, Martha Melitsanopoulos with luggage being collected for the Carver Foundation’s College Tour.— Contributed photo

See the New Canaan Advertiser article here.

Read about Carver’s 2019 Spring College Tour here.

Here’s the article:

As part of a partnership effort with the Carver Foundation, Bankwell will be collecting new and “like new” luggage through Friday, April 5, at the 208 Elm St. and 156 Cherry St. branches in New Canaan and 370 Westport Ave. branch in Norwalk.

The luggage will benefit 35 students from the Carver Foundation in Norwalk, who will be going on a 10-day college tour this year.

Based in Norwalk, The Carver Foundation is Norwalk’s largest provider of after school and summer programs. Its mission is to help children and youth “reach their greatest potential by providing educational, social and recreational programs in a positive, safe and fun environment.”

More about Bankwell can be found at www.mybankwell.com.

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Carver receives the highest seal of approval from the merger of Guidestar and the Foundation Center

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You may have heard that GuideStar and Foundation Center have joined forces. Now that they’ve become Candid, their commitment to promoting transparency is stronger than ever.

They have just released the 2019 Seals of Transparency on GuideStar, and Carver is one of the awardees. The Seal is a tangible way to demonstrate our organization’s commitment to transparency.

WHAT IS A SEAL OF TRANSPARENCY?

A Seal of Transparency appears on Carver’s Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar.

This top Seal helps Carver tell its complete story, which in turn gives our supporters a meaningful way to understand our organization’s work. Recent research indicates that transparency has a tangible benefit.

The Platinum Seal follows the following levels of trust and transparency:

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  • Bronze—basic information, such as mission, leadership team and board names, and basic program information.

  • Silver—financial information.

  • Gold—qualitative information about goals, strategies, and vision.

  • Platinum—metrics to show progress made toward your mission.

Carver also has the highest (4 Star) rating from Charity Navigator for transparency and accountability.


Carver's 13th Annual Career Fair! See the photos!

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Carver volunteers introduced our students to their professions at Carver’s 13th Annual Career Fair.  Carver after school students were given the opportunity to engage with local professionals and ask all the questions they liked.

See all the photos here in our Facebook album.


Special thanks to those volunteers that gave their time and enthusiasm today!
Susan Crowe – Chief Administrative Officer, Norwalk Community Health Center | Kathy Poirier – Architect, from Kathleen Poirier Architects LLC | Accurate Auto Repair | Georgy’s Barber Shop| Margaret Dolan - Norwalk Public Schools Culinary Arts | Kirk Skodis - Real Pie Digital Media | Dr. Beckley – Educator Norwalk Public Schools | Melvin Patrick – Electrical Engineer | Valerie Watson - Vice President/Branch Manager Patriot Bank | Deputy Fire Chief Albert Bassett -  Norwalk Fire Department | Kaitlyn Krasselt – Journalist, The Hour/ Hearst Media | Lieutenant Blake – Law enforcement, Norwalk Police Department  | Dr. Norman Weinberger - Pediatrician, OPTIMUS Health Care | Cara Perillo – Physical Therapist, LYMBR |  Dr. Josie Velázquez , Podiatrist | Janelle Titus - Therapist, Jewel of Joy Counseling Services |  Jackie Roberson MSW- Social Worker, Norwalk Public Schools | Lyle Fishell - Architecture | Morgan Alexander - Chemist, King Industries | Taylor Scicchitano - Marketing Associate, King Industries | Thomas J. Vetter - Lawyer, Keogh, Burkhart & Vetter | Eugenia Chinsman - Professional Travel Agent

 
 

Carver's 49th Annual College Tour Itinerary!

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Chaperoned Carver students will soon board their chartered bus at the Carver Community Center for a life-changing road trip over their spring school break to the schools they aspire to attend.

The 49th Annual Spring College Tour will introduce high school students to the rigors and joys of a college education. School administrators, admissions and financial aid officers, college students including many former Carver after school and summer students, and others give the tours, make presentations and interact with the visiting Carver students. Whether asking questions, touring the campuses, or sharing meals with former Carver peers now excelling at these excellent schools, the goal is to motivate each visiting Carver student to envision their futures as a successful college student. 

This year’s Spring College Tour begins on Saturday, April 13th, when the students depart from the Carver Community Center at 11:00 a.m. and travel to Richmond, VA, where they will spend their first evening. The students travel the next day to Columbia, SC where they’ll stay for two nights to visit South Carolina State University and Claflin University in Orangeburg on April 15th. On April 16th, the students visit Benedict College and Allen University in Columbia. On April 17th, the students go to Spellman College and Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. The students stay in Atlanta on April 18th to visit Savannah College of Art and Design and then they travel to Montgomery to visit the National Museum for Peace and Justice. On April 19th, the students visit the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and then travel to Miles College in Fairfield, AL. On April 20th, the students enjoy the day at Six Flags over Georgia in Austell. They begin their return trip home on April 21st, spending Sunday night in Henrico, VA. And then the students arrive back at the Carver Community Center by early evening on Monday, April 22nd.

Here are some of the reasons why our students love the Carver college tours (also each year we visit colleges in CT on election day).

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1.     You won’t really know how you feel about a place until you’ve been there. A college catalog, view book, or website can only show you so much.

2.     The college information sessions and the campus tours will give you a much better idea of what the college is like and if you would be happy there.

3.     A small investment in time now can save significant time, money, and hassles during the during the college application period.

4.     You’ll get a sense of the college’s vibrancy, character, and facilities. Visits will provide you with a more complete picture.

5.     College tours allow students to ask questions, meet other prospective students and understand the college on a deeper level.

6.     How you feel about schools once you visit in person may affect the direction your college search and application process takes. College visits help you to refine your search.

7.     Applying to college is a complex process and visits to campuses will serve you best if you use them as a research tool, rather than a final decision-making aid.

8.     Time, energy and money are finite resources and you want to use them wisely throughout the application process. First-hand knowledge will help you to clarify your vision and narrow your list.

9.     Most colleges love students who are sincerely interested and visiting colleges is one way to show this.

10.  You want to be able to relax and make a fully informed choice once you have been accepted. If you’ve already visited those schools at least once, that’s just what you will be able to do.

Watch here on this Carver blog in April for reports from each of the colleges our students visit, written in their own words! See some of last year’s reports here.

Child of America Gala, Friday, May 3rd

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Mark your calendar! Our next Child of America gala will be on Friday, May 3, 2019, at Shorehaven Golf Club.

Here is the 2019 gala website.

Here is the gala sponsor and program journal form.

Each year, our Gala Committee organizes a wonderfully successful party for some 300 guests.

This year we will be honoring Ms. Theresa Rangel, Principal of Tracey Elementary School, with our Child of America award. Under Ms. Rangel’s leadership, Tracey Elementary School is one of only 14 schools in the entire state to win “distinction” status this year for both high performance and high growth in ELA and Math, for all students and for high needs students. Ms. Rangel’s school is also recognized nationally for being a School of Character, one of the first to establish a definitive connection between social-emotional learning and student achievement.

Please join us this year for the Child of America gala!

Principal Theresa Rangel

Principal Theresa Rangel


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NORWALK 55 NEW LONDON 53! Norwalk girls basketball team beats New London at the buzzer to become the state champions!

Photo: Christian Abraham / Hearst Connecticut Media.

Photo: Christian Abraham / Hearst Connecticut Media.

In the closing seconds of the championship game at Mohegan Sun yesterday, they were tied at 53. Naeva Rene for the Norwalk Bears put the ball up and in. New London couldn’t get a shot off at the buzzer. Bears won 55 to 53.

See the Gametime article and more images here.

This game had drama right from the beginning. With just eight minutes left on the clock in this CIAC Class LL championship game, the No. 1 Bears were down 11 points heading into the fourth quarter to No. 2 New London. Rather that folding, Norwalk’s girls triumphed! New London built the lead up to as much as 13 points by the second quarter, leading 33-24 at halftime, but Norwalk outscored New London 19-6 in the final eight minutes of the championship game.

The Norwalk Bears girls basketball team beat New London 49-47 earlier this season. The Norwalk girls won their third state championship this past Saturday at Mohegan Sun, the first since completing an unbeaten season in 2000!

Watch this very intense 9-minute video to see the game’s highlights!

There are many reasons why the Carver community is so proud of the girls basketball team this year. The Norwalk coach is Ricky Fuller, a Carver advocate whose father was Carver’s longtime Executive Director. Here is a recent interview Ricky gave News 12 CT about the Bears’ winning season this year. Evan Kelley, a Carver alumnus who became a standout player for Sacred Heart University’s basketball team, is the Bears assistant coach.

The Bears off-season coach is Carver’s Recreation Coordinator, Shannon Singleton-Bates, who also manages Carver’s Basketball Programming. Shannon has worked with the winning Bears girls team since each of their freshman years. The girls spend the off season in the Carver gym preparing for regular season. The average GPA of the girls Bears team this year is 3.4. The three seniors on the team are on their way to college.

Shannon is herself a past Bears star who also played for coach Rick Fuller. Shannon was the 2006 and 2007 Player of Year; she played in the Connecticut All-Star game; she was a 2-time first-team All-State player and 3-time All-Conference. She went on to play at Francis Marion College in Florence, South Carolina. Shannon received a four-year basketball scholarship to the college and received All-America recognition for three consecutive years. After graduating in 2012 with a degree in sociology, Shannon returned home and to Carver where she serves as a mentor and role model for the next generation.

Bears team members also participate in Carver’s special after school program for athletes that Shannon manages. The longtime Carver sponsor, the Fairfield County Sports Commission, led by Tom Chiappetta, funds this program. The program’s Career Coach is Eve St. Surin, a Carver alumnae who graduated from Bridgeport University.

Here is what Shannon said about this victory won by the hard working and talented girls she coaches and mentors: “I’m so proud of the fight they gave. We made history yesterday and they deserve every bit of it. Our motto this year was DREAM BIG, every single one of them had the same goal of winning FCIAC, and they did it!!!”

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Shannon’s after school program sponsored by the Fairfield County Sports Commission, which also sponsors the Chelsea Cohen Fitness Academy at Carver, serves up to 25 female athletes ages 13-18 from Norwalk Public Schools. Activities range from fitness and strength training to discussions about injury prevention and college sports scholarships, yoga and Zumba, to nutrition coaching and preparing meals together, as well as guest presentations from college-level athletes, coaches and scouts. The Girls’ Development Program offers a supportive environment that celebrates teamwork, leadership and personal goals. Students learn the importance of balancing academics with a competitive mindset during the week and weekends after games and or practices. The student-athletes learn the value of teamwork while learning about and building self-esteem, nutrition, wellness, and self-confidence. The program instills lifelong lessons in Norwalk students through sports and fitness. Students embrace the program’s vision to be committed to excellence in sports as well as in academics.

The Bears girls achieved so very much this year for their team, for the Carver community, and for all of Norwalk!

The Norwalk High School Bears girls basketball team’s undefeated run to the Sun!

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The Norwalk High School Bears girls basketball team remains undefeated!  Since we last reported on their stunning success here, their continued victories have won them a #1 spot in this Saturday's Class LL state championship game at Mohegan Sun Arena at 3PM against #2 New London’s Lady Whalers.

On their march to Mohegan Sun’s championship game the Bears won its first FCIAC championship since 2001, beating Trinity Catholic High School Crusaders 32 to 29. The Bears did not allow Trinity to score in double digits in any quarter of the game. The Bears undefeated season is generating a lot of excitement and praise.

Carver is so proud of Norwalk’s girls Bears and send you all best wishes for your continued success!

In the news: Darien Rotary's Spring Into Wellness event on March 21st to benefit Carver!

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See the Darien Patch article here.

See Carver’s previous announcement here.

Here is the latest update as posted in the Patch from the Darien Rotary:

To welcome in Spring 2019, Darien Rotary Club will host a Spring Into Wellness! Fair on Thursday, March 21 from 11:00am – 2:00pm to benefit The Carver Foundation of Norwalk.

Event proceeds will go toward scholarships that enable Carver high school graduates in need to attend Norwalk Community College, helping them continue their education and improve their employment opportunities.

The event takes place at Darien Office Suites, 30 Old Kings Highway South, 1st Floor Event Room, in Darien.

Visitors can learn how to improve their health and wellness by sampling products and services from local organizations such as:

 LYMBR - Personalized stretching
 Andrew Stephanou Salon and Spa - Chair massages
 Darien EMS-Post 53 - Blood pressure checks
 Darien Health Department - Health information
 OsteoStrong - Spinal health therapy
 Phyllis Weihs-Yavner, LPC - Mental health wellness counseling
 Kristina Hess - Nutrition counseling
 Vasayo - Nutritional supplements
 Diana Lea - Young Living essential oils
 Green & Tonic - Cold pressed organic juices

Admission, which includes vendor samples and information, is $20 at the door (cash or check)
or pre-pay at www.springintowellness2019.eve... .

There will also be a raffle for products and services donated by community businesses with a drawing at 2:00pm. Tickets are available for purchase at the event. For more information, contact Mark Nowotarski, Darien Rotary President, at mark.nowotarski@gmail.com or 203.975.7678.

New Canaan High School Service League of Boys (SLOBs) brings fun & learning to Carver kids!

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New Canaan's SLOBs (and here) visit Carver youth at least once a year to bring fun and learning to our students. This year the focus was on science and math.

See our Facebook album of photos here (and last year’s photos here).

Nick and Marissa Lambrinos are the project parent liaisons to Carver for the past five years.

Founded in 2004, the New Canaan High School Service League of Boys (SLOBs) is a student/parent run organization that works to foster the parent-son relationship in a philanthropic organization committed to community service, leadership development, and education. It is an organization of parents and sons who join together in service and educational endeavors to foster community responsibility as well as strengthen the parent-son relationship.  

SLOBs currently serve over 30 philanthropic organizations with over 70 projects. ranging from stocking shelves at the food pantry and clearing trails on New Canaan’s land trust properties to playing poker with our senior citizens. SLOBs is the largest service club at New Canaan High School and has served the community with over 30,000 volunteer hours. We are grateful that Carver is among their charitable commitments! 


Darien Rotary's Spring Into Wellness Fair, Thursday, March 21, 2019, 11:00am – 2:00pm

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GET A HEAD START ON A HEALTHY SPRING AND SUPPORT A GREAT CAUSE

Join us for Darien Rotary’s Spring Into Wellness! Fair to learn how to improve your health and wellness and help deserving students attend college

 What:              Sample wellness offerings from local organizations in one convenient location: Personalized stretching, chair massages, blood pressure checks, spinal health therapy, mental health information, physical therapy, nutrition counseling, nutritional supplements, essential oils, smoothies and tasty bites

When:  Thursday, March 21, 2019, 11:00am – 2:00pm

Where:         Darien Office Suites, 30 Old Kings Highway South, 1st Floor Event Room

Why:               Proceeds will go toward The Carver Foundation of Norwalk scholarships to enable students in need to attend Norwalk Community College.  Carver provides after-school and summer programs for over 1,400 K-12 students at the Carver Community Center as well as 13 schools in Norwalk and one in Bridgeport. Since 2005, 100% of Carver seniors have graduated on time, and almost all become first-generation college students.

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Cost:              $20 admission at the door (cash or check) or pre-pay a at www.springintowellness2019.eventbrite.com

There will also be a raffle for health-related products and services donated by community businesses.  Tickets are available for purchase at the event. 

For more information, contact Mark Nowotarski, Darien Rotary President, at mark.nowotarski@gmail.com or 203.975.7678. 

NOTE:  Park in the municipal lot behind the building or on the street. Please do not park under the building.

Today is the day! Support Carver at FCGIVES.org!

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Today is the day! Fairfield County's Giving Day that is. We hope that you will join us in supporting Carver students to help them win $20,000 in extra funding for programs. To donate, just head to Carver's FC Giving Day page anytime before midnight tonight.

Thank you in advance for your support!

Here are a few other easy ways to support Carver tomorrow.

Sharing multiplies impact. Online days of giving are successful because of our own networks. Send Carver's giving day page to your network and ask your friends to do the same.

Be socially (media) active. Use your social media networks: post on Facebook, tweet a link to Carver's page, and share your love for Carver's mission to Build Lifetime Achievers.

Become a fundraising champion. Everyone loves a champion, including us! We really need fundraising champions to help drive people to our Fairfield County's Giving Day profile. Just visit Carver's FC Giving Day page and click FUNDRAISE to sign up!

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US Figure Skating Champion Maggie Brooks visits with Carver kids and awards Carver a grant of $1,000

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Maggie Brooks directed United States Figure Skating to award Carver a grant of $1,000 and visited with Carver kids this past Friday to share her experiences with them. See the photos of her visit here in a Facebook album.

U.S. Figure Skating is the national governing body for the sport of figure skating in the United States. U.S. Figure Skating is a member of the International Skating Union (ISU), the international federation for figure skating, and is a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC). Maggie visited with Carver kids at the Carver Community Center last Friday to share her experiences and to let the Carver students hold one of her medals.

Maggie’s parents, Scott and Gretchen Brooks, have been longtime generous supporters and advocates of Carver, providing the environment and tools Carver students need for life success. Maggie Brooks, now a senior at Darien High School, is carrying on her family tradition in her ninth season skating for the Skyliners Synchronized Skating Team that also represents the United States as a member of Team USA.

Skyliners has grown to be one of the top synchronized skating clubs in the country, winning 12 National Championships, 25 Eastern Championships, and placing 2nd at Junior Worlds in 2018, the first worlds medal ever for Team USA Junior. See more videos here. 2018 also marked the first year that the Senior line was chosen to represent Team USA at Senior Worlds. Both the Junior and Senior lines are designated Team USA, and represent the United States at international events. In the 2017-18 season, the Junior line captured the Gold medal at the Cup of Berlin, the Silver medal at the French Cup, 1st Place in the United States and 2th Place in the World in Zagreb, Croatia. The Senior line captured the Gold medal at the Cup of Berlin, Silver at the Mozart Cup in Austria, the Silver medal at Nationals and 9th in the World in Stockholm, Sweden. 

More recent successes are described here. U.S. Figure Skating recently announced that Maggie and her team were selected to represent the United States at the ISU World Junior Synchronized Skating Championships 2019 in Neuchatel, Switzerland, March 15-16, 2019.

All that success afforded Maggie Brooks the opportunity to name Carver as the beneficiary of the $1,000 grant awarded by US Figure Skating. Maggie’s personal story benefited Carver kids in the telling of it this past Friday. Carver has its own story to tell because caring people like Maggie and her parents invest so much of themselves in Carver’s mission to Build Lifetime Achievers!

Carver congratulates the Norwalk High School Bears girls basketball team on winning this year's FCIAC championship!

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The Carver community rejoices with the Norwalk High School Bears girls basketball team and all of Norwalk over their victory yesterday evening. The Bears won its first FCIAC championship since 2001, beating Trinity Catholic High School Crusaders 32 to 29. The Bears did not allow Trinity to score in double digits in any quarter of the game. The Bears have an undefeated season of 23-0 to date, and that is generating a lot of excitement and praise.

There are reasons why Carver takes the FCIAC (Fairfield County Interscholastic Conference) victory so personally.

The Norwalk coach is Ricky Fuller, a Carver advocate whose father was Carver’s longtime Executive Director. Here is a recent interview Ricky gave News 12 CT about The Bears’ winning season this year. Evan Kelley, a Carver alumnus who became a standout player for Sacred Heart University’s basketball team, is the Bears assistant coach.

The Bears off-season coach is Carver’s Recreation Coordinator, Shannon Singleton-Bates, who also manages Carver’s Basketball Programming. Shannon has worked with the winning Bears girls team since each of their freshman years. The girls spend the off season in the Carver gym preparing for regular season.

Shannon is herself a past Bears star who also played for coach Rick Fuller. Shannon was the 2006 and 2007 Player of Year; she played in the Connecticut All-Star game; she was a 2-time first-team All-State player and 3-time All-Conference. She went on to play at Francis Marion College in Florence, South Carolina. Shannon received a four-year basketball scholarship to the college and received All-America recognition for three consecutive years. After graduating in 2012 with a degree in sociology, Shannon returned home and to Carver where she serves as a mentor and role model for the next generation.

Bears team members also participate in Carver’s special after school program for athletes that Shannon manages. The longtime Carver sponsor, the Fairfield County Sports Commission, led by Tom Chiappetta, funds this program. The program’s Career Coach is Eve St. Surin, a Carver alumnae who graduated from Bridgeport University.

Here is what Shannon said about this victory won by the hard working and talented girls she coaches and mentors: “I’m so proud of the fight they gave. We made history yesterday and they deserve every bit of it. Our motto this year was DREAM BIG, every single one of them had the same goal of winning FCIAC, and they did it!!!”

L-R: Shannon, Carver CEO Novelette Peterkin, some of the program’s participants, and Tom Chiappetta

L-R: Shannon, Carver CEO Novelette Peterkin, some of the program’s participants, and Tom Chiappetta

Shannon’s after school program sponsored by the Fairfield County Sports Commission, which also sponsors the Chelsea Cohen Fitness Academy at Carver, serves up to 25 female athletes ages 13-18 from Norwalk Public Schools. Activities range from fitness and strength training to discussions about injury prevention and college sports scholarships, yoga and Zumba, to nutrition coaching and preparing meals together, as well as guest presentations from college-level athletes, coaches and scouts. The Girls’ Development Program offers a supportive environment that celebrates teamwork, leadership and personal goals. Students learn the importance of balancing academics with a competitive mindset during the week and weekends after games and or practices. The student-athletes learn the value of teamwork while learning about and building self-esteem, nutrition, wellness, and self-confidence. The program instills lifelong lessons in Norwalk students through sports and fitness. Students embrace the program’s vision to be committed to excellence in sports as well as in academics.