Bolton Community
Education Foundation Inc.

Education for the Entire Community of Bolton, Connecticut

Bolton Community Education Foundation Inc.

Mark Kennedy Shriver at Bolton High

Mark Kennedy Shriver, vice president of Save the Children and son of Sarge and Eunice Shriver, shared the accomplishments of his accomplished parents in a visit to Bolton on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013, at Bolton High School. An enthusiastic audience greeted Shriver and enjoyed his fascinating and inspiring presentation. Many left with an auographed copy of his book and a photo with him.


In his poignant biography, A Good Man, Shriver talks about his father's private and public legacy. As Tom Brokaw wrote:

"This is a deeply touching story of a famous family and the private joys and trials that came with it. Mark's love letter to his Dad is one we can all learn from."


In his intimate portrait of an extraordinary father-son relationship, Mark K. Shriver discovers the moral principles that guided his legendary father and applies them to his own life. When Sargent "Sarge" Shriver -- founder of the Peace Corps and architect of President Johnson's War on Poverty -- died in 2011 after a valiant fight with Alzheimer's, thousands of tributes poured in from friends and strangers worldwide. These tributes, which extolled the daily kindness and humanity of "a good man," moved his son Mark far more than those who lauded Sarge for his big-stage, headline-making accomplishments.


Mark told the audience that after a lifetime searching for the path to his father's success in the public arena, he instead turned to a search for the secret of his father's joy, his devotion to others, and his sense of purpose.


The Bolton Community Education Foundation is dedicated to supporting the lifelong learning of all residents of Bolton, Connecticut. Volunteers from the Bolton community serve on the Foundation's Board of Directors.

The purpose of the Foundation is:

  • To organize and present educational programs for the community (learn more)
  • To raise funds to support educational opportunities in town (learn more)
  • To accept memorial or honorary donations to be used for educational purposes (learn more)
  • To award grants to individuals who would like to arrange educational programs and services (learn more)

We welcome:

  • Your participation in our many varied educational events (learn more)
  • Your application for a grant through our Foundation (learn more)
  • Your participation on our Board of Directors or Advisory Board (learn more)
  • Your donation in any amount (learn more)

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Book Collection Bin Benefits Our Foundation

Do you have books, CDs, DVDs, videotapes, or audio books that you no longer need? The Bolton Community Education Foundation sponsors a “Got Books” donation bin, located at the Bolton Center School parking lot near the Board of Education entrance. Bolton Center School is located at 108 Notch Road in Bolton.

Got Books is a national organization that collects books and then gives them away to schools, libraries, overseas troops, and groups in need. The organization also sells books and other items to benefit various charities.

Each time the collection bin fills, Got Books sends a truck to empty it, and the Bolton Community Education Foundation receives cash for each pound of books donated. So far our total income from this venture has been nearly $1,000! The Foundation uses the funds to support programs and provide grants for the town.

Got Books accepts all books in basic functional condition including hardcover and paperback books, children’s books, cookbooks, and limited copies of textbooks. Also accepted are CDs, DVDs, videotapes, and books on tape. The only reading materials not accepted are encyclopedias, magazines, newspapers, and catalogues. When you donate books, please give them a good toss so that the back of the bin fills as well.