Capano, Sharon Lent, Henry Fiore, Jr. and Kenneth Capano, Sr.
Over the summer months, families, principals, faculty and staff at schools across the country are busy purchasing costly school supplies. As the school year progresses, pencils break, notebooks fill, markers stop working and backpacks rip. Families and school personnel are then left with the task of spending more to replace these items.
Thanks to a donation of school supplies from the Anne Capano Charitable Foundation, the Catholic Elementary Schools in the Diocese of Norwich won’t have to go shopping! The generous donation of pencils, backpacks, staplers, markers, paint, glue, whiteboards, notebooks, rulers, scissors and other school necessities has helped to alleviate the need to purchase these items mid-year.
Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Henry Fiore, Jr. expressed, “On behalf of our diocesan schools, I am extremely grateful to the Capano family for their very generous donation of the many boxes of school supplies for our students. As a result of their kindness, our families, who sacrifice to send their children to our schools will have some relief from the financial burden of the cost of supplies for their children. We are humbled and very appreciative of their generosity.”
The Anne Capano Foundation is a charitable organization intent on giving back to the community to honor Anne, the eldest daughter of Kenneth and Jean Capano, who was born developmentally disabled. All of the Capano family members have rallied around this cause, wanting this Foundation to be a reflection of Anne and her life in Southeastern Connecticut. They want the focus to be on helping young people in the community. The value of the school supplies purchased by the foundation exceeded $7,000.00 total. Over half of these supplies were donated to the Catholic Elementary Schools in the Diocese of Norwich and the other half were donated to other schools.
The Capano family are owners of three ShopRite Supermarkets in the towns of Clinton, New London and Norwich, Connecticut. Kenneth Capano Jr., Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the stores, in talking about the connection between ShopRite and the Anne Capano Foundation spoke from the heart stating, “We are a family business entrenched in the community. We take the opportunity to give back because we work, play and raise our families here. It’s the right thing to do…it’s what you are supposed to do.”
Over three generations of the Capano family sit on the Anne Capano Foundation Board. The act of donating schools supplies to schools throughout the area where the Five Star ShopRite stores are located is just one example of the good work performed by the Foundation. The Foundation also supports scholarships for associates at ShopRite. In its eighth year, one of the key fundraisers to help the Foundation continue its work is the Annual Golf Tournament to be held on July 20, 2017 at Fox Hopyard, East Haddam, Connecticut.
The Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Norwich consist of twelve elementary/middle schools with a student population in those schools of just under 1,700 students.