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Wheeler received a $25,000 grant from the Maximilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, Inc., to purchase Chromebook laptops for students, and laptops for teachers and paraeducators at Northwest Village School (NVS), the organization’s K-12 therapeutic day school.

The computers will help students in the special education program to participate in virtual, in-classroom and other learning experiences, and for teachers to be able to provide instruction both when classes are at school and through distance learning.

“We are extremely grateful for the Foundation’s support, which will ensure that our students have access to high-quality educational services, whether they are learning in the classroom or from their homes,” said Sabrina Trocchi, PhD, MPA, president and chief executive officer, Wheeler. “During the last year, especially, we have learned about the value of flexible learning environments, but moreover, the importance of providing reliable technology to support and meet students’ learning goals.”

The new technology will be used by students during the upcoming school year.

About the Maximilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, Inc.

The Maximilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, Inc., was established in 1982 by Marion O. Hoffman in memory of her husband. The organization donates to groups, mostly in Connecticut, that further education, medicine, and the arts.

For more than 20 years, the Maximilian E. & Marion O. Hoffman Foundation, Inc., and Wheeler have collaborated on projects and services to benefit individuals and families in Wheeler’s care. Past Foundation grants have supported child abuse prevention parenting education, training, and family support; renovations of Wheeler’s congregate care facilities serving children requiring intensive services; elements of a state-of-the-art library media center featuring cutting-edge technology to help students build and expand traditional and digital literacy skills; and the implementation of dental services and equipment at Wheeler’s Susan Walkama Family Health & Wellness Center at 43 Woodland Street in Hartford.

About Wheeler’s Northwest Village School

Northwest Village School is a therapeutic day school for special education students, ages 4-21, with complex social, emotional, learning and/or behavioral challenges. The school combines academic instruction with clinical support and interventions and serves children, youth, and young adults from more than 60 school districts across the state. Learn more:


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