We caught up with Maggie Bodington this summer, one of the recipients of the 2014 Victoria Soto Scholarship, to see how college is going! She told us that she loves campus life and that going to Eastern Connecticut State University was one of the best decisions she’s ever made. We know Vicki would agree too, as ECSU was Vicki’s Alma Mater! Maggie said, “It’s small enough that I can walk through campus and say hi to at least three people, but it’s big enough that I still don’t know everyone! The dorms are also really nice too!”
Originally a Health and Physical Education major, Maggie has switched to a Communication and Elementary Education major at ECSU. She credits Vicki as the reason for the change saying, “When I went home for winter break my freshman year, I was on Facebook and saw a picture that Mrs. Soto had posted of Vicki in her classroom. She looked so happy and the classroom looked so adorable!! It made me want to have that!! I realized I wanted to have more than a 45 minute interaction with student’s everyday too!”
Maggie has made Dean’s List almost every semester so far. She plays both soccer and lacrosse at ECSU and this past fall, she was the first sophomore in program history to gain All-America recognition in soccer when she was selected for the NSCAA All-America Third Team. This past spring, Maggie was also a first team All-Conference selection in lacrosse.
Way to go Maggie!
This summer, she has been an assistant coach at the Berkshire Soccer Academy for Girls in East Otis, Massachusetts. Maggie said, “It’s helping me become a better coach and really showing me that being in an educational environment is definitely a place that I want to be in for the rest of my life.”
Maggie is heading into her Junior Year this fall. She said, “I’m most looking forward to starting the education program this year at school! It’ll be the first time I’ll be put in the classroom for observing and I couldn’t be more excited!”
We wish Maggie much continued success, both in education and sports, as she heads into this upcoming semester. We know Maggie will make an incredible teacher in her own classroom one day and we wish her all the best as she starts in the ECSU educational program.
The Vicki Soto Memorial Fund, Inc. is making educational dreams come true! We are so honored and excited to introduce you to Ciara, an incredibly talented middle school student from Bridgeport, CT.
Ciara wished to attend classes over the summer to further her education and desire for learning. With guidance from her parents and one of Ciara’s amazing teachers, Joann Briganti, Ciara was accepted to the Summer Institute for the Gifted at Fairfield University (SIG). Here Ciara will attend classes full time in July and August. Her classes include The Physics of Kinetics, Human Biology and Algebraic Expressions. We are so proud to assist Ciara by financially sponsoring her at this program.
Joann Briganti wrote to us, “In my 22 years of teaching I have not seen a child as gifted as Ciara. She has a thirst for knowledge that is amazing and she is a sponge absorbing anything and everything. She is a STEM Ambassador for the Discovery Museum and is on our School Math Team, which is training for the district wide competition in May. SIG at Fairfield University will be life changing for Ciara. The impact of spending the summer taking courses on a college campus and interacting with like-minded peers is immeasurable.”
We are so proud to help cultivate Ciara’s passion for education and aspirations for continued learning. From all of us at The Vicki Soto Memorial Fund, Inc., way to go Ciara! We wish you all the best at SIG at Fairfield University this summer!
Every year the Vicki Soto 5k gets bigger and better and every year we are thankful to all of you. The sponsorship opportunities form is available for download on the EVENTS page of this website. We are currently looking for sponsors, vendors, in-kind donations and raffle prizes.
Runners, the registration will be open soon! Just a few more logistics to take care of. We are sorting out the last details for registration and timing chips. We will have more information soon!
Keep checking vickisoto5k.com for updates!
We have been incredibly blessed in the past three years and we look forward to an amazing event again this year!
Thank you for your support!
We are honored that Joe Girardi wore a Team Vicki shirt today during a press conference. The NY Yankees (Vicki’s favorite team) have a contest highlighting organizations that give back. HOPE Week was initiated in 2009. Although we did not win this year, Joe Girardi let us know he would be happy to highlight our foundation. Thank you to Dean for submitting an application year after year; maybe next year will be our year!!
Here is the video of Joe Girardi wearing a Team Vicki shirt: http://m.yesnetwork.com/video/944975783#/topic/6479182/video/944975783
For more information on HOPE week, visit: http://newyork.yankees.mlb.com/nyy/community/hope_index.jsp
We want to see what your flamingo is up to this summer. Is she relaxing by the pool? Is he flying to see his grandma? Send us a drawing of your flamingo’s summer adventures!!
Deadline to submit drawings is 8/1 and the drawing can be mailed to:
The Vicki Soto Memorial Fund Inc.
P.O. Box 411
411 Barnum Avenue
Stratford, CT 06614 –
Team Vicki Soto will decide on a winner and one local Connecticut winner will be awarded a session of summer camp 8/8-8/18 at the Little Red School House in Stratford. One nationwide winner will be awarded a Team Vicki Soto prize pack.
We hope you and your family are having a safe and happy Fourth of July weekend! #TeamVickiSoto