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What do a butterfly garden, a 3-D printer and a music program have in common? They are all grants the Lyme-Old Lyme Education Foundation, a non-profit organization, has awarded to support innovative learning.
The foundation aims to “foster the individual growth that comes from continuous learning” in the community by supporting early childhood development up to adult education at the senior center, said the foundation’s vice president, Nicole Wholean.
The education organization is hosting its second annual “Trivia Bee” fundraiser at 7 p.m. Friday at the Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School Auditorium. The trivia questions will span topics from popular culture to local history.
"It’s a fun night that supports education,” said Wholean, adding that the event both raises funds for grants and builds awareness of the foundation. Teams from community organizations, local businesses and residents will compete, she said.
A group of parents began the foundation about 7 years ago as a way to offer the district discretionary funds for innovative projects and “out-of the box” learning . The foundation has since evolved into a 12-member all-volunteer board that reviews grant applications for the Lyme-Old Lyme school district and local non-profits, said the foundation’s vice president, Nicole Wholean.
The foundation also hosts events such as the “Bound for the Sound” race and holds an annual fundraising appeal.
Kevin Hogan of Channel 3 will emcee the event. Attendance at the event is free and open to the public. Each 4-member team registration costs $200. For more information or to register a team, visit www.LOLEF.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration ends Wednesday.