Creating Possible
May 2014  

SEF extends a huge thank you to Trustees
Amy DiSibio,
Leah Griffith,
Christine Hayward and
Loreli Stochaj,
all of whom are rotating off our Board next month. Their many years of service have enabled SEF to grow and thrive. Please join us in thanking these outstanding individuals.
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SEF Awards Spring Grants


The Summit Educational Foundation is pleased to announce our spring grant awards.  With generous support from more than 600 member families, the Foundation was able to fund 32 grants this cycle, totaling over $320,000.   


A sampling of recently approved grants includes:

  • Extended Day Program at all 5 Elementary Schools, $89,026
  • Nonfiction Author Melissa Stewart visit at all 5 Elementary Schools, $5,350
  • Wilson Nature Observatory/Classroom at Wilson Primary Center, $9,751
  • Lending Library for English Learning Families at Brayton, $1,166
  • Classical Music in the Classroom at Franklin, $356
  • Literacy Through Enlarged Print at Jefferson, $499
  • Literature to Enhance Social Studies units at Lincoln-Hubbard, $2,322
  • Muppets to Model Fluency at Washington, $825
  • Professional Development Focused on Student Achievement at Jefferson and Washington, $5,000*
  • Year 2 of the iPad Pilot at LCJSMS, $129,000*
  • Microscopes for 6th Grade at LCJSMS, $2,048*
  • INSPIRE Magazine at LCJSMS, $3,516
  • Lego Robotics for the 7th grade STEAM cycle course at LCJSMS, $8,229
  • Support for College Specialist activities in the SHS Guidance Department, $35,000*
  • Top of the Hill SHS Store materials, $6,900
  • SHS Science Research Program support, $12,750*
  • SHS Marine Ecology Research Teacher Workshop, $450*
  • Latin American Art display at SHS, $289

Click here for a complete listing of the May grants.  


These grants bring SEF's total funding for the 2013/14 academic year to over $540,000.  More than $170,000 of this total came from the SEF Endowment, which was created to offer secure support for strategic long-term initiatives within the district.  Grants receiving endowment funds are noted above with an *.  


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 fall grants cycle is October 15th.  

Together, we can make possible a reality