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Alliance Seeds Learning Programs

The Greenwich Alliance for Education is gearing up for another school year providing educational opportunities to children of all ages. And both Julie Faryniarz, executive director, and Ashley Crihfield, communications director, are ready to dive in.

This year, one of the organization's focuses will be Greenwich High School, since it serves students from the whole town. The Alliance has awarded $41,000 in grants to G.H.S. for six programs," said Faryniarz.

One program is a partnership between Sound Waters, a non-profit organization focusing on environmental education on Long Island Sound, and the marine biology department at GHS. "The high school has tanks they use for marine biology and they were underutilized," said Farynairz. "So with the program, it provided students with a unique opportunity to harvest oysters. The idea with that particular program is that it reaches honors and non-honors students."

Started in 2006, the Alliance provides educational opportunities and programs that might not otherwise be available to students. The three flagship programs are "Going Places With Books," "Tuning Into Music" and "Reaching Out Grants." Crihfield said each aims to launch a unique learning program that the public schools can adopt as their own.

"The public schools are crucial to the health of the community," said Faryniarz. "[But] we have to recognize that learning doesn't just happen in school. It happens all the time."

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