Seeking to break the cycle of poverty through education, the Lone Pine Foundation, introduced the Fairfield County Academic Gain Award in 2007. This innovative award is designed to acknowledge the public elementary schools in Fairfield County that have made the greatest academic gain in student achievement, create incentive for other schools to work towards significant academic gains, and share effective practices. The Foundation engages Cambridge Education, LLC to evaluate a range of factors promoting high quality sustainable improvement. As 2009 winners, selected from 151 schools, every full-time employee at Jefferson Science Magnet School during the 2008-09 academic year received $500. Every full-time employee of the 2nd place winning school, Silvermine Elementary School, received $350. The Lone Pine Foundation is committed to this Award program and a quality education for all children.