Annual 5K Road Race

About Us

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Meade

The North Stonington Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, charitable organization founded in 2004 to support and enhance our town’s public education. Through the commitment and hard work of the volunteer directors, the NSEF is on its way to enhancing and enriching the education of the North Stonington community.

Board of Directors

The North Stonington Education Foundation is governed by an all-volunteer board of directors comprised of community members. The NSEF is independent of the North Stonington Public Schools, the Board of Education and is nonpolitical.

Ways to Support Our Mission

The foundation seeks broad community support to achieve its mission. Whether or not every family has a child presently in our schools, our education system is an important asset to the community affecting everything from our quality of life to our property values. We hope you include the North Stonington Education Foundation in your giving plans this year.

*Checks can also be made payable to NSEF. Mail to 298 Norwich Westerly Rd. N. Stonington, CT 06359

Grants Application

Eligibility for Grants: Anyone who supports the NSEF mission of continuing to enhance and enrich the education of the North Stonington community is eligible to apply.

Project Eligibility: NSEF seeks to fund educational projects that are creative, innovative, relevant, effective and inspiring. The primary criterion for dispensing grants will be high-quality educational content and the impact on students and/or community members. The project must promote advancement of skills or knowledge and add depth to the education programming.

The first is our Traditional Grant, which is to fund projects of any amount that are creative, innovative, relevant, effective and inspiring. The application for our Traditional Grant can be found here.

We also offer a new Micro Grant opportunity to fund projects up to $500. These grants also fund projects that are creative, innovative, relevant, effective and inspiring to support the community of North Stonington. The application for our Micro Grant can be found here.

*Please download, fill in the requested information, get requested signatures, scan, and resubmit the document to: or

Grants & Programs

NSEF offers grants to educators and others that will facilitate and reward innovative approaches to learning and development of our students and community.

For the 2017/2018 academic year the NSEF funded was $13,767

  • Wheeler Library After School Club
  • Building Submarines & Careers
  • Audio Books for the Reading Room Readers
  • Visit by Santa Fe artist
  • All Night Graduation Party
  • Annual Yearbook

Wheeler High School Distinguished Alumni

As it is the mission of Wheeler High School to mold students to live a life of accomplishment and satisfaction in a changing and complex world, it is the mission of the Distinguished Alumni Committee to recognize and honor these Alumni of Wheeler High School who have put themselves forward as the paradigm of that ideal. It is also the mission of the Distinguished Alumni to inspire current WHS students to aspire to similar achievements, and to underscore the importance of exploiting the fine educational opportunities offered by the North Stonington School System.

Distinguished Alumni 2018 inductee Ms. Carly Buehler

Ms. Carly Buehler graduated from Wheeler High School in 2007. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Connecticut.Carly’s Senior Project at Wheeler High School that began as a collaboration with Chikumbuso eventually would drive her to change the world after graduation. Carly has since raised an abundance of awareness and has helped to fund the Chikumbuso Women and Orphans Project in Zambia. She has raised money to support this…

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Distinguished Alumni 2016 inductee Mrs. Linda Costanza

Mrs. Linda Costanza graduated from Wheeler High School in 1966. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Bridgeport and a Master of Social Work from the University of Connecticut. Linda has had a most distinguished career as the District Social Worker for the North Stonington Public School System. She also has been an Outstanding Volunteer for the town of North Stonington, serving on the board of directors for numerous committees and organizations. Previous awards include the North…

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Dr. Leonard A. Brennan graduated from Wheeler High school in 1975. Upon graduating Dr. Brennan attended Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington and Humboldt State University in California. In 1989 he earned his Ph.D in Wildland Resource Sciences-Wildlife Ecology from the University of California-Berkeley. Dr. Brennan’s primary research interests pertain to habitat and population ecology of wild quails in Texas and the Americas. He has authored over 130 scientific articles, and more than 100 extension publications. He has published papers…

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