for the 21st Century: Best Practices in Education

Stone Soup for the 21st Century is over…. for this year anyway; and what an amazing and memorable event it was!  Stone Soup has become one of the biggest community happenings in Stamford. We are very grateful to each of you for your support and we hope you found the "soup" to be nourishing and fulfilling.

As the chefs and organizers of this event, we would like to hear how we did this year. Before we pack up all our tools, we would like your feedback, please fill out a very brief evaluation. Your honest responses will help us plan for our next Stone Soup Event. Thank you once again!

Did you hear? Stone Soup for the 21st Century of October 2010, was a smashing success with over 1,300 attendees! Join us for the third course on March 23, 2013 at Rippowam Middle School and the Academy of Information Technology and Engineering (AITE)!
Stone Soup is an all day resource event, showcasing Stamford's community organizations and agencies, in collaboration with the Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) Alumni Association, the Stamford Public Schools, the Parent Teacher Council of Stamford, Domus, Stamford Public Education Foundation, ROSCCO and over 30 community partners.

The event draws citywide and is fun filled, interactive, and multi-
lingual. In 2010, we had over 1,300 people who attended, with 600 families.

Its purpose is to increase awareness of the services, agencies, programs and organizations serving Stamford's families. This will be the third time Stone Soup for the 21st Century has been held. This year there is a special focus on educational resources.

The Morning Session (9:00 am to 12 Noon)
To be held at Rippowam Middle School, and focusing on Best Practices in Education, is being organized by the Stamford Public Schools and the Stamford Public Education Foundation. It will begin with presentations by two keynote speakers, who will be followed by two sessions of workshops at AITE.

The Afternoon Session (12 Noon to 4:00 pm)
Also to be held at AITE, will provide a FREE LUNCH, showcase all kinds of resources that serve families, present live performances, give you a chance to have your taxes filed for free, have a carnival atmosphere, childcare and tons of fun stuff for all members of the family.

Stone Soup for the 21st Century came about as a result of a series of Community Conversations, led by members of the Parent Leadership Training Institute's Alumni Association, that were attended by hundreds of Stamford's citizens from diverse backgrounds. Following the adage that "knowledge is power," Stone Soup empowers participants to act on their own behalf by providing them with knowledge and information about available community resources.

To become a Community Partner:
  • After clicking the link, the form will download. It is an MS Word doc.
  • Fill out the form, save it, and send it as an email attachment to Donn Reid at

We need your help getting the word out! 
  • Please visit and like us on our Facebook page and share this information with all your family and friends.

The deadline for applications to present at Stone Soup for the 21st Century: Best Practices in Education has been extended. Community agencies and programs that serve Stamford families and Performing groups are encouraged to apply!

Our philosophy is based on The STONE SOUP STORY!

Some travelers come to a village, carrying nothing more than an empty pot. Upon their arrival, the villagers are unwilling to share any of their food stores with the hungry travelers.

The travelers fill the pot with water, drop a large stone in it, and place it over a fire in the village square. One of the villagers becomes curious and asks what they are doing.

The travelers answer that they are making "stone soup," which tastes wonderful, although it still needs a little it of garnish to improve the flavor, which they are missing.

The villager doesn't mind parting with just a little bit of carrot to help them out, so it gets added to the soup.

Another villager walks by, inquiring about the pot, and the travelers again mention their stone soup that hasn't reached its full potential yet. The villager hands them a little bit of seasoning to help them out.

More and more villagers walk by, each adding another ingredient. Finally, a delicious and nourishing pot of soup is enjoyed by all. 

Is your organization a "villager" and able to contribute to the Stone Soup pot? 

Please take The PLTI Alumni Association's Parents Survey to help families identify the resources
 they need to help their children.  Click HERE