Creating Possible
December 2013  

Giving to SEF


In this holiday season, we extend our deepest thanks to
all of our donors who have made SEF's grants to the Summit schools possible.  With the support of so many in our community, SEF is able to make a real difference in our schools.  Thank you for your generosity!


If you are thinking about a year-end donation to SEF, please consider a gift of 
appreciated securities.
For stock held longer than one year, full fair market value can be deducted, regardless of the original purchase price for the shares. Stock donors also avoid paying capital gains taxes on donated securities (consult your tax advisor for further details).  For instructions on how to make a gift of appreciated stock, please contact the
SEF Treasurer, 
Beth Sharpe, at
Email us:

Please join us by making a gift to SEF today!

SEF Awards Fall Grants


The Summit Educational Foundation is pleased to announce our fall grant awards.  With generous support from more than 600 member families, the Foundation was able to fund 43 grants this cycle, totaling over $222,000.   


A sampling of approved grants includes:

  • Family Science, Math and Technology at all five Elementary Schools, $15,485
  • Extended Day Program at all five Elementary Schools, $51,047
  • Lending Library Books at the Jefferson Primary Center, $1,471
  • Stand Up Desks Pilot Program at Brayton, $7,342
  • Lego Robotics Kits at Franklin, $4,544
  • After School Club materials at Jefferson, $2,449
  • Science Content Learning Centers at Lincoln-Hubbard, $497
  • Math Stations at Washington, $2,557
  • Forensics Debate Team at LCJSMS, $8,479
  • Before and After School Writing Center at LCJSMS, $5,881
  • 21st Century Classroom Verb tables and Node chairs for the Library Media Center and a Math Classroom at LCJSMS, $85,718
  • LCJSMS Odyssey of the Mind Pilot Program, $2,568
  • Quintessence, the SHS Literary Magazine, $3,523
  • SHS Online Graphics and Engineering Design Class, $6,526
  • Plantin' Club Materials to Enhance SHS Community Garden, $794
  • Turned Around Tales from the Top of the Hill, author visit and materials for classes to self-publish books at SHS, $3,105

Click here for a complete listing of the December grants.  


Every SEF grant proposal goes through a rigorous 6-point review process, including reviews by the building Principal or Department Supervisor, the Superintendent, followed by two rounds of analysis by the SEF grants committee, and then a vote by the SEF board of trustees and the Summit Board of Education.  Many thanks to the teachers and staff who submitted proposals and the dozens of SEF volunteers involved in the grants review process.


The submission deadline for our spring grants cycle is March 15th.  


Save the Date: Casino Night, March 15th


SEF's annual Casino Night is just around the corner!  This fun night of gambling and auctions is SEF's largest fundraiser each year.  Auction items will include vacation and weekend excursions, dinner parties, sports tickets and other "only in Summit" experiences. 


All proceeds support teacher and staff submitted grants for your Summit Public Schools.  We look forward to seeing you on Saturday, March 15th at the Elks Club. 


Thank you for your generous support. 

Together, we can make possible a reality