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Stamford’s Starfish Connection Youths Make Cookies for Kids in Crisis

By Starfish Connection

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On Thursday, Dec. 19, sixth- and seventh-grade children in the Starfish Connection held a Christmas cookie-making activity and donated some of the yummy and artistically decorated baked goods to the charity Kids in Crisis.

Starfish children themselves are part of a not-for-profit organization that provides one-on-one mentoring and enrichment programs for 37 academically talented children in the free-lunch program in Stamford schools.

Ginny Gwinn of Cos Cob, who mentors sixth-grader Gabriela Gonzalez, conceived of the cookie-baking project and hosted it. Each of the participating children took home a box of cookies to his or her family as well as making enough goodies to provide to the children at Kids in Crisis, which is based in Cos Cob and provides help for children, teens, and families in times of need.

The Starfish Connection was founded seven years ago by Judy Martin, a teacher at Stamford’s Northeast Elementary School and her husband, Stamford Mayor David Martin. It is an organization that helps promising students from low-income homes to develop a broader worldview and commitment to academics, with the goal that one day they will graduate from a four-year college.

To learn more about the Starfish Connection, visit

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