2018 VSMF CT State Scholarship Winner, Hailey Coleman!

Congratulations to our CT State scholarship recipient of 2018, Hailey Coleman! Hailey is from Oxford, CT and graduated from Oxford High School. She will be attending Emanuel College in Boston this coming fall. When we spoke with Hailey she said, “I am still in complete awe about being the Connecticut recipient of the Victoria Soto Scholarship. My application essay for the scholarship highlighted the recent stigma surrounding the education field and the lack of unity within it. To be the recipient of a scholarship that is built on the foundation of love and kindness and passion for education is truly remarkable. Knowing that I have the support of the Soto family behind me is a driving force for my inspiration to be the most exceptional educator I can be. At my senior award ceremony, Matthew and Jillian told me that once I sat down, they could see Vicki in me through the passion I had for education. I will spend my entire career working to hold half of the amount of dedication and passion and heart that Vicki had for her job and her students. To be compared to such a miraculous person is something that brought tears to my eyes.”

We are so thrilled to have Hailey as part of the VSMF family and know that she will have tremendous accomplishments in the field of education. Right now, Hailey is planning her big move to Boston.  She said, “I have been in love with the city for as long as I can remember; being able to study there is something beyond my wildest dreams. I am attending Emmanuel College as an Elementary Education major. My biggest challenge with moving into the city is being able to find an outlet to continue dancing. With great heartbreak, I had to say goodbye to my dance studio, Kicks Dance Center, of 15 years. Through this studio I have built life-long friendships and have attained superb technique. This studio has given me more experiences and challenges then I can count. Through their support, I have already made my first visit to Radio City Music Hall last summer and completed a 3-day intensive under the Radio City Rockettes. I hope one day I will have the ability to invite my instructors to my debut show as a Radio City Rockette! Fingers crossed that my dream may one day come to fruition!!”

We wish Hailey all the best this fall with her freshman year of college. We hope she attains all of her dreams! Aim high Hailey!

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VS5K Registration Open!

It’s time! Registration for the Fifth Annual Vicki Soto 5K is now open! Sign up today for $26. Don’t miss out! Prices increase on 9/1!! Register at vickisoto5k.com


Back2School Drive This Saturday At SHCC!

We are going Back2School, Team Vicki style!! We are very happy to announce we have partnered with Sterling House Community Center on their Back2School Drive. We have backpacks, crayons, markers, pencil cases, erasers, glue sticks, book covers and so much more to give away. We will be there this Saturday, August 19th from 11:00am – 2:00pm with school supplies for Stratford K-6 students. The event takes place rain or shine on the Sterling House front lawn.


Ice Cream Fundraiser!

On Friday, September 1st, Paradice Cream will be hosting the first Vicki Soto Ice Cream Fundraiser. Located at 3600 Main Street in Stratford, it is sure to be a fun day for the entire family! A portion of the proceeds will go to the Vicki Soto Memorial Fund, Inc. Saxophone player, Logan Seaburg will be playing and there will be ice cream specials all day! Hope to see you there!



CALLING ALL SPONSORS!! We are looking for some great companies to help sponsor the Vicki Soto 5K this year. It’s a fun day for the entire community! If your company is interested, sponsorship details and forms are available by clicking here.


Teachers Book Drive, Sunday Thank You

Over 200 teachers came down to our headquarters this weekend to get free books! Thank you so much to all of our TVS volunteers who help make this weekend possible. We couldn’t have done it without you! Thank you to all the teachers who came down as well to collect books for their classroom libraries. We are so proud of all of our great educators and hope these books are a wonderful new addition to your school year. Also, a big thank you to Scholastic and their “Open A World of Possible” initiative for donating these incredible books! Vicki’s legacy lives on. #teamvickisoto #sharepossible

CT Post – “Vicki Soto Memorial Fund hosts book drive for teachers”

News 12 Connecticut – “Memorial event helps fill libraries with books”

News 12 Connecticut – “Vicki Soto Foundation, Scholastic fill school libraries”


Teachers Book Drive, Saturday Thank You

Our back to school teachers book drive was a huge success today! We were able to impact over 150 classrooms! Thank you to everyone who came down to our headquarters. We had teachers from all over Connecticut and even a few from New York too. Each teacher left with a full bag of free books and a new excitement for literacy.

Today was filled with so many emotions, but we know that this is an event that Vicki would have been first in line for.

Unfortunately, today we gave away most of our books in our children’s library, grades K-5, but we do have middle and high school level books for teachers who are able to come by tomorrow!

We want to extend a huge thank you to Scholastic and their “Open A World of Possible” initiative for donating these books. The looks on teachers faces makes all of the hard work worth it. #teamvickisoto #sharepossible

REMINDER: Teachers Book Drive This Weekend!

CALLING ALL TEACHERS! Don’t forget to come get your free books for your classroom this weekend! Please bring your teacher ID. See you on Saturday and Sunday!

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Teachers Book Drive, August 5th & 6th!

Our volunteers spent the day sorting books for our Teachers Book Drive on August 5th and August 6th at Vicki Soto Headquarters (our office), located at: 3333 Main Street, Suite 203 in Stratford, CT 06614. We are opening our doors to any and all teachers from 11:00am – 5:00pm both days. All books are sorted and range from kindergarten level to middle school and high school levels. Teachers attending the book drive, please remember to bring your teacher ID’s to receive the books for free! Please join us to stock your classroom library with books, books, and more books! We look forward to seeing you there!

Team Vicki Abroad!

We love seeing people take Team Vicki on vacation! From Germany to Peru to Paris and beyond, Vicki’s legacy has extended far past anything we could have ever imagined. <3