Director's Message
Dear Friends of DSABC,

Welcome to Spring 2015!  After what seems like a never ending Winter, it's hard to believe that 3/4 of the school year has past already.  In spite of a particularly challenging and disruptive school schedule due to weather related delays and closings, DSABC mentors committed  to providing continued mentoring support to the students they serve. I'd like to thank our mentors and school liaisons for their patience, flexibility, and communication efforts to ensure sessions occurred to best of everyone's abilities to do so.

It has been a productive quarter for DSABC as we celebrate 25 Years of Mentoring Making a Difference.  This Silver Anniversary provides DSABC with the opportunity to both reflect on our past success while beginning to turn our sights on the future.

While DSABC's traditional one-on-one mentoring model is quite successful, we recognize that the needs of both our school and business partners have changed. To better serve our constituents we have embarked on a  strategic planning process which will help us address possible program adjustments relevant to the needs of local business and Danbury Public Schools over the next 3-5 years. 

 On March 5th, DSABC once again participated in Fairfield County Community Foundation's  Giving Day, the 24 hour online giving event. Thanks to 70 donors, DSABC raised $5,000.  Many thanks to all of those who donated and supported DSABC in this fundraiser. 


Members of the Marketing committee piloted a "Mentors Stories" video collection for promotional purposes on DSABC social media sites. Using simple technology (IPhone), DSABC mentors Anne Sorrels, Sarah Bollert, and Larry Post shared an array of stories and insights of their individual mentoring experiences. DSABC hopes to replicate this project with other mentors who may be interested in sharing their stories in this way. To watch some of the videos, click on the links below:

 Mentors First Day


Are You Coming Back

Advice To A New Mentor


Between Taylor Swift Songs

 The powerful impact DSABC mentors have on the students they support would not be possible without the generosity of volunteers and donors giving up their time by sharing of themselves with others. April 12-18, 2015 is National Volunteer Week. This awareness campaign, sponsored by the Points of Light Foundation, is about inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It's about demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet our challenges and accomplish our goals. I'd like to take this opportunity to THANK each and every one of our DSABC volunteers for all that you do to make a difference!!!   Save the date of May 14, 2015 for DSABC Volunteer Recognition & Scholarship Breakfast. 





Mary Arconti Gregory
DSABC Director

May 14, 2015, 7:45-9:00 a.m. Annual Scholarship and Awards Breakfast 25 Year Celebration 



So glad you've joined us!




Donald Briggs

Steve Gagnon

Paulo Lauranetto

Claudasha Weaver


Chuck Wolf

Savings Bank of Danbury:


Diana Netto


Margaret Santo-Arnold




On January 30th Cartus mentors held their annual Super Bowl bake sale to raise money for their mentee field trip.  Pictured below are Virginia Burke, Cassandra Moore, Jim Moretti and Ashley Holmes celebrating raising $240.  Touchdown!

We are very grateful for the many contributions made by Anne Sorrells, Cartus mentor and DSABC Board Member.  Anne is relocating out of the area and will be sorely missed.  Best wishes, Anne! 


DSABC is seeking to hear from past participating students and scholarship recipients. If you are a past participant or know of someone who is, please take/share this brief survey. We'd love to hear from you!!


One mentor's chance encounter
I had the privilege of mentoring Erica Bravo from 2nd through 9th grade.  I enjoyed getting to know Erica and watch her grow.  We played games and got to know each other with our visits each week.  She was a beautiful child and always eager to get together, until she started high school.  When Erica decided she didn't want/need a mentor anymore, we both moved on.


Last year my husband and I stopped to get haircuts near our home.  As I sat and waited on my husband to get his hair cut, this beautiful young lady approached and asked if I was Mrs. Anderson, Linda Anderson.  Of course I replied yes, I was.  She said she was Erica Bravo.  She said she had thought about how she could get in touch with me because she appreciated the time I spent with her as her mentor.


Erica is a beautiful young woman who has become a nurse.  I'm very proud of her.  Spending time with these young students is a very gratifying.  I'm glad to be part of DSABC. 


We are sincerely grateful to our seventy-two awesome individual donors for helping raise money for our scholarship fund. Special thanks to M&T Bank for a generous donation of $500. 


DSABC, working with RMEDIA Productions, have filmed mentors & mentees telling their stories for a promotional video production. Stay tuned for the big reveal taking place at DSABC's annual Scholarship & Awards Breakfast, May 14, 2015. 

Fran Henrickson (independent) and her mentee, Mabel being filmed at South Street School

Rupa Vas from Praxiar and her mentee, Juan being filmed at Rogers Park Middle School by Renato & Alicia Ghio of RMEDIA


Other participants: Carl Zinn (Belimo) and Ramel; Danielle O'Rourke (Newtown Savings Bank) and Morgan; Ken Decker (Boehringer Ingelheim) and Aidan & Gilbert


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Don't forget! All DSABC webinars are archived on the website,, for viewing anytime. 


April 3  - Good Friday, schools closed

April 7 - One-hour early release, PD

April 13-17 - Spring recess, schools closed

April 21 - One-hour early release, PD

May 5 - One-hour early release, PD

May 14 - DSABC Scholarship and Awards Breakfast

May 15 - Early dismissal, PD T-eval

May 19 - One-hour early release, PD

May 22 - PD; schools closed

May 25 - Memorial Day, schools closed


For the most current information, consult the school calendar

Danbury Public Schools: 


Henry Abbott Tech: 

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The  Mission of DSABC is to Help Danbury Public School Students Achieve Personal and Academic Success.


Our Tool: School Based Mentoring


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