Duff, Wyman Drop In At Education, Job Sites In Norwalk

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Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, left, and State Sen. Bob Duff (D-Norwalk/Darien), right, joined the employees of Akademos, Inc. to discuss state economic and education policy.
Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman, left, and State Sen. Bob Duff (D-Norwalk/Darien), right, joined the employees of Akademos, Inc. to discuss state economic and education policy. Photo Credit: Provided

NORWALK, CONN. – State Sen. Bob Duff (D-Norwalk and Darien) and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman recently stopped by a couple of city locations promoting early childhood education and jobs in the city.

The officials first stopped at the Marvin Elementary School to visit with students and staff of the Brighter Futures program, a partnership between the Norwalk Children's Foundation, Norwalk Public Schools and the City of Norwalk. Brighter Futures provides families with a summer pre-kindergarten experience to provide children and their parents with the tools to succeed in school. Many of the program’s students have not had any other pre-school experience, or are English Language learners.

“Early childhood is a critical time for intellectual and social development, and programs like Brighter Futures provide children who might not otherwise have the opportunity with an experience that makes the most of this formative period," Duff said. 

“Exposing children to letters, numbers and shapes at an early age helps them develop the reading and math skills they will need for the rest of their lives,” Wyman added.

The pair also went to the headquarters of Akademos, Inc., an online book seller that soon will be hiring seven additional employees with the help of the state’s Small Business Express Program.

“Helping innovative companies like Akademos hire new people is exactly the kind of support small businesses need to grow and boost our economy,” Wyman said. “Their mission to provide more affordable textbooks to students is both good business and a good way to help lower the cost of a quality education.”

Akademos, an online retailer, offers services to students and faculty at hundreds of educational institutions across the country. The state will provide a $100,000 grant and 10-year $300,000 loan at 2 percent interest to support the company’s Norwalk expansion and its plans to build new software services that lower the costs of textbooks and other educational materials.

“We are very proud to have an innovative company like Akademos in Norwalk that works to make educational materials more affordable for others," Duff said. "The Small Business Express Program is a great example of government and the private sector working well together, and it is always good to see new jobs coming to Norwalk."

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I agree right wing but the other two in the photo that were never mentioned have given years of service for this cause but only Duff was made to stand out.Where Norwalk needs more companies who hire it also needs a safe city to further its goal.I'm afraid with Bob Duff the city will never recover back to its potential.This comes on the heels of another bad week for Norwalk and tourism.Because Bob and others have ignored what the police dept needs to communicate with its residents I don't think we can wait much longer with English courses.This does seem Norwalk has taken many steps forewood to ensure education now all we have to do is ensure safety for those wanting to stay in Norwalk.

Bruce and Chris are not getting the same press, what they do daily is not forgotten or ignored.Thanks to them the quality of life is improving in Norwalk and yes they do listen and realize what we are going thru in Norwalk.

Somehow the Republicans will find fault with this. This is why they are known as the party of destruction and has beens.