Love Wins: Finish the Race!

On April 17, 2017, students from Northend Elementary School, Chamberlain Elementary School, Smith Elementary School, and DiLoreto Magnet School will come to the CCSU campus to be inspired to “Finish the Race” and pursue a college education.

Formed by the partnership of CCSU and the Ana Grace Project, the event is based on the idea that love, community and connection can change lives and lead to a brighter future.

These young students will learn about college from CCSU students, have fun, discover their own passion for learning and doing, and begin to dream about “finishing the race.”

Dance for Ana with Love is a community driven and family approved celebration in honor of the life of Ana Grace Márquez-Greene. Started by Carla Butler, this day has raised over $50,000 in direct financial contributions to schools and gathers hundreds of volunteers, attendees, and donors to make beauty from ashes. The day hosts musical performances, face painting, book giveaways, raffles, dance offs, and more – and is created for families. It is the single largest fundraiser for The Ana Grace Project.






At The Ana Grace Project, we know that communities are healthier and safer when we:

  1. Value Relationships and connection → reducing social isolation
  2. Teach tools for empathy, self regulation, and self-care
  3. Move, play, and create
  4. Respect diversity
  5. Provide help, hope, and information
  6. Promote acts of service

The “Love Wins” movement of The Ana Grace Project recognizes that all children/families have stories and every story has value. We believe that all children and families can succeed with proper supports – and healthy relational networks are essential. Through our partner schools, professional development, and music/arts initiatives, The Ana Grace Project reaches thousands of children, families , and providers in education, medicine, mental health/social services, and the private sector.

Love wins. It also saves lives.

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