Former Teacher Donates Over $500,000 to Waterbury School

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A former teacher and coach donated over half of a million dollars from his estate to Children’s Community School, a nonprofit.

Richard Cobb, 74, retired after 40 years of teaching at Taft School in 2013, and died in January 2019, The Republican American reported Monday.

Director of development at the Children’s Community School, Lynn Curless, says the money will be used to help the school through an expansion to add middle school grades sixth, seventh and eighth.

Curless said that Cobb often devoted much of his time and money to charitable causes.

Cobb regularly brought Taft students to volunteer at the nonprofit as part of the school’s community service program.

Curless said Cobb continued to donate to the school after his retirement, including a portion of a family trust, and never asked for recognition.

“He just started sending us large checks every year,” Curless said.

She did not specify the exact amount but said the bulk of the money exceeds $500,000.

Curless said Cobb never told her his plan to leave a portion of his estate to the school.

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