Category Archives: Events

Information on Canton Connections, Inc. scheduled events.

Students Have Been Busy Creating This Fall

The first session of Canton Connections for the 2017-18 school year was full of many great activities, learning experiences, and even a community service project! The students were busy throughout the fall crafting and creating fantastic works of mixed media art pieces and painting.

The fall also brought some creative snacks and baking activities like these cute krispie pumpkins!

Students also spent time during the month of November working on a special community service project – decorating a tree with handmade ornaments for the Canton Historical Museum’s Gallery of Trees fundraiser. Stop in at the Historical Society to view (and possible win!) the special tree donated by Canton Connection’s students!!

Session 2 begins this week and we can’t wait to see what the students enjoy doing during this session!


Feedback from Past Participants

If you have ever talked with a student or parent who has been involved in Canton Connections you will most likely have heard an abundance of wonderful things about the program – from the fabulous Director Caryn Turek to the countless activities, community service projects, help with tutoring, and even how the students made such great friends.

Canton Connections is blessed to have such wonderful families involved in the program, as well as a waiting list of teen mentors who want to return to the program after having gone through as a student during their years at Cherry Brook Primary School.

Throughout the years, Canton Connections has also received many kind words in cards in notes, and these are just a few we’d like to share:

“I just wanted to write to you to tell you that I truly treasure the time I spent at Canton Connections as a student and eventually as a volunteer. Canton Connections allowed me to be creative and express myself when I was in grade school. I am so happy that I got the opportunity to come back and watch other children experience that.”
~ former student and teen mentor

“It has been a pleasure to work together! Volunteering at Canton Connections has been a wonderful and joyful experience for me, and I look forward to returning in the Fall for more fun times!”
~ teen mentor

“To my teachers, and all volunteers at Canton Connections,
Just a note to say we will miss you this summer. Canton Connections is amazing. Thank goodness for you. Our children are better people because of all that you do. We will miss you this summer. Hope to see you in the Fall. With love and respect.”
~ former parent

“Nathanial has had a wonderful year with you at Canton Connections. It is a wonderful program. Thank you for all that you do!”
~ former parent

“Dear teachers, staff, and volunteers,
I had such a fun year with you and the kids. I hope you have a great summer!”
~ former student and teen mentor

” Thank you! I’ve had a great year at Canton Connections, I am looking forward to seeing you next Fall.”
~ former student and teen mentor

Join us at Chipotle on Tuesday, September 12th!

Looking for a night off from cooking? Want to meet up at a local spot with some friends? Need to grab a quick meal before/after evening activities and sports? If so, please consider coming out to Chipotle in the Shoppes at Farmington Valley on Tuesday evening, September 12th between 5pm and 9pm.

Simply mention at check out that you are there to support Canton Connections and a whopping 50% of your purchase will be directed back to Canton Connections to support this year’s program.

We have this flyer posted up on our Facebook page (Canton Connections Inc.) – please share and invite your local friends and neighbors to join us! Eat-in or take-out, it doesn’t matter – half of your total goes directly back to support this local afterschool program!

We hope to see you there!!

Registration is Open for Fall of 2017!!

Welcome back to our Canton Connections families…and welcome to families new to our wonderful program!

We are excited to see all of the smiling faces come off the bus starting on October 4th (Wednesday program) and October 5th (Thursday program).

Registration for the first session this fall (October 4th through November 30th) is now open! The two forms needed for registration (Student Registration and Enrollment & Student Release) are available on the Registration tab on our website or by clicking directly on the links above.

Registration forms, including payment or $65 per child for one program day or $130 per child for both program days, are due back no later than Wednesday, September 27th, 2017. For the third year, we’ll be welcoming kindergarten students, as well as first through third graders.

The Canton School System provides bus transportation free of charge from Cherry Brook Primary School to our meeting space for the program at 55 River Road, hosted in the parish hall of Trinity Episcopal Church.

This fall will be full of more wonderful activities and we hope you’ll join us for our 20th year!

Artwork at Canton Connections

Over the past several weeks, the students at Canton Connections have been exploring a variety of different mediums including acrylics and pastels, and even created winter scenes in their homemade “snow” of shaving cream and flour!

The winter scenes were extremely popular projects allowing students to use their creativity while also enjoying a sensory experience. Adding penguins, colorful rocks, tress, ponds, and even signs naming their scenes – Penguin Paradise was a popular name.

These pastel “paintings” were amazing scenes right out of a classic New England winter evening with the lovely white birch tree and a colorful evening sky in the background. Each creation is unique and the use of color and shading is amazing from these young students.

Last week, students ventured into the world of acrylic painting to craft these stunning flowers – perfect to help welcome in Spring!

Each week students enjoy new, creative activities just like these – we can’t wait to see what the coming weeks bring in terms of creative energy at Canton Connections!

Canton Connections Alumni Interview

This fall, Canton Connections Program Director Caryn Turek sat down with a Canton Connections alumni who had recently returned to be a peer mentor in the program.

November 2016
Interview with alumni
Alumni attended Canton Connections three years ago and is now in their second year as a volunteer in the program.

Alumni was asked:
What do you like most about the Canton Connections after school program?

Alumni’s response:
I enjoyed all of the activities, but my favorite was building the marble runs. I also like the outdoor games, and I like making up games with the younger kids.

Alumni was asked:
How did you find out about Canton Connections?

Alumni’s response:
My friend told me about the program.

Alumni was asked:
Why did you decide to volunteer at Canton Connections?

Alumni’s response:
Because you only get to attend the program for three years, so this gives you a chance to come back as a volunteer, and see the younger kids have the excitement of being able to come!

Registration is Now Open for Session 3

The registration period for the third session of Canton Connections for the 2016-2017 academic year is open! Session 3 runs Wednesday/Thursday from February 15th through April 6th, 2017.

Registration forms are located on the Canton Connections website under the registration tab, or by clicking here.

Don’t forget to “like” our Facebook page (Canton Connections Inc.) to stay up-to-date on program information and learn more about what the students are doing each session.

New during this third session, Canton Parks and Recreation will be running after school programs on the Monday/Tuesday/Friday of each week, making it possible for a full week of afternoon programs for Canton’s youth. For more information about the Monday/Tuesday/Friday program, please visit the Town of Canton’s Parks and Recreation page at

Flatbread and Ben & Jerry’s Fundraiser a Success!

A BIG thank you to everyone who helped to make the Flatbread and Ben & Jerry’s Fundraiser a success! The totals are in, and Canton Connections was able to raise $1,073 on the evening of April 5th which included a portion of sales of flatbreads at Flatbread, a portion of sales from ice cream at Ben & Jerry’s, and the silent auction items. Silent auction items included generous donations from New England Pasta Company, Barnes & Noble, Thomas Hooker Brewery, Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Matterhorn Mini Golf, Flamig Farm, and Trader Joe’s, as well as items donated by Canton Connections Board members.

Canton Connections would also like to thank The KC Sisters and Charles Paul for the FABULOUS music they provided for the evening. Their wonderful melodies filled the space captivating the audience and providing a warm and inviting atmosphere for our guests.

All of the money raised from the evening goes to help offset the cost of the program’s expenses throughout the school year. This helps ensure that the tuition costs remain affordable for our families each session.

The fourth and final session of Canton Connections for the 2015-16 school year is currently underway. The schedule for the 2016-17 school year will be available in the late summer.

The KC Sisters & Charles Paul to Perform at Tuesday’s Flatbread Night

Canton Connections is hosting a Flatbread and Ben & Jerry’s night on Tuesday evening, April 5th to raise money for the program. The KC Sisters and Charles Paul will provide live musical entertainment at Flatbread during the evening, so recruit some friends and join us for a fun, family evening in support of Canton Connections!

Flatbread evening runs from 5-9pm and they will donate a percentage of all flatbread sales (eat in or take out) during that time period to Canton Connections.

Ben & Jerry’s runs from 4-10pm and will be donating a percentage of sales from that period of time back to Canton Connections.

The KC Sisters

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Harkening back to the heyday of family groups, with a rootsy, Americana sound that incorporates folk, country, gospel, R&B and jazz, The KC Sisters are emerging as recording artists with the release of their debut EP featuring the original vocal ballad “Daddy Came Home” and the lively, multiple violin driven instrumental “How The Irish Won The West.” The five members of The KC Sisters range in age from 12 to 18 have shared their dynamic, harmony driven vocal and instrumental excitement in hundreds of performances throughout their home state of Connecticut, Massachusetts and New York. The KC Sisters can be regularly heard on WTIC “The Damon Scott Show” and were runners-up in the Infinity Hall Open Mic Invitational in 2016. In May, the girls will be traveling to Nashville TN as part of a 4-day call back for The Extreme Music and Sports Tour.

What sets The KC Sisters apart from any other group of musical siblings or indie bands is their musical diversity, transcendent ease with three and four part harmonies, and the fact that each sister is a multi-talented vocalist and musician skilled in a variety of instruments. Deanna (18) and Noelle (16), who wrote “Daddy Came Home” with their father, the group’s producer and arranger Chris Casey, play violin, piano, drums, guitar and bass. Their younger sisters are 14-year-old Tasha (violin, drums, piano, bass) and 12 year olds Elise (violin, cello, bass, piano, drums) and Kathleen (violin, bass, drums, piano). Their shows include multi-harmonized vocals, instrumentals, country fiddling, a cappella hymns, pop, jazz, standards and country music.

The KC Sisters released an independent holiday album called Winter Wonderland a few years ago and will be releasing a two track EP as a teaser for the many recordings that will be coming in the months ahead. A subsequent EP will include their fresh renditions of “Don’t Worry Be Happy” and the classic hymns “Amazing Grace” and “Just A Closer Walk With Thee.” They will also be recording three new originals, “Love Life” (penned by Tasha), “Fly With Me”, and “Touch The Sky,” as well as “Lean On Me” and “How Great Thou Art,” and five others this Spring. Many of their live performances are available for viewing on YouTube.


Charles Paul


Charles Paul is a singer/song writer from Connecticut. He began music studies on the piano at the age of 5 and quickly developed an interest in the guitar, with a focus on both classical and finger style techniques. At the age of 14 he began exploring songwriting. Following his attendance at a Matt Maher concert, his interest became a passion. One of Charles Paul’s first original songs, Rainfall, won the annual Miller Music Songwriting Competition in 2014. In the same year, Charles released his debut EP, Learning to Dance in the Rain. This release prompted Charles Paul to start performing across New England at bistros, local and state fairs. A year later, he released his first, full-length, studio album, SKYWARD, featuring 9 original songs. At age 15, Charles Paul is working hard to stretch his musical and songwriting skills while entertaining fans across New England.

Annual Flatbread Fundraiser for Canton Connections


Mark your calendars, the annual Flatbread Fundraiser for Canton Connections with dessert at Ben & Jerry’s will be held on Tuesday, April 5th. Similar to previous years, there will be live musical entertainment while you dine, a collection of fabulous baskets up for silent auction, as well as representatives from Canton Connections to answer questions and provide information about the program.

Please consider coming out in support of Canton Connections, and bringing along a friend or two who may be interested in sending their kids to either the fourth session (starting April 20th) or possibly starting their children in the first session of next year’s program.

The fundraiser donates a percentage of all flatbread sales between 5-9pm and all ice cream purchases between 4-10pm back to Canton Connections, whether purchased on an eat-in or take-out basis!