Kelly Middle School Science Classrooms Restored after Fire

Pfizer and it’s local employees help restore the science classrooms at Kelly Middle School, Norwich.

Pfizer and it’s local employees help restore the science classrooms at Kelly Middle School, Norwich.

The long-standing relationship between Pfizer Inc. in Groton and and Kelly Middle School in Norwich has enabled Pfizer to donate the $5,000 insurance deductible, 40 computers, and seven printers to help the school recover its science-teaching capability after a March 4 fire in the school. The fire heavily damaged some key science classrooms.
The classrooms had been initially equipped through the work of Norwich Schools Superintendent Pam Aubin, who had approached Pfizer officials about a partnership called Qualified Zone Academy Bonds (QZAB). This program qualified businesses to help cities and towns like Norwich by funding educational projects at zero percent interest.
Pfizer employee and Kelly Middle School Building Committee Chairman Charlie Jaskiewicz and other Pfizer colleagues at the Groton laboratory complex helped complete the application process. As a result, the City of Norwich received $2,942,000 towards the zero-percent bond. City of Norwich Comptroller Joe Ruffo reported that, when the QZAB was awarded, it was saving City of Norwich taxpayers over a million dollars over the life of the bond.
Subsequently, the Kelly Middle School Building Committee and City of Norwich Board of Education voted to name all of the science classrooms after Charles Pfizer, who founded the now-global pharmaceutical company in 1849 in Brooklyn, New York.
After spending much of the day of the fire at the school, Charlie went back to work on Tuesday, informed the Pfizer educational-outreach committee of the losses, and asked if assistance could be given. After review, Pfizer was able to help the school both monetarily and with replacement computer equipment.
“The Kelly Middle School Building committee is proud of the special relationship that has been built with Pfizer, and is extremely thankful for their compassion and generosity as a result of the fire,” said Charlie.