Creating Possible
December 2014  

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

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Please join us by making a gift to SEF today!
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SEF Awards Fall Grants


The Summit Educational Foundation is pleased to announce our fall grant awards.  With generous support from more than 700 member families, the Foundation was able to fund 48 grants this cycle, totaling over $271,000.   

A sampling of approved grants includes:

  • Family Science, Math and Technology at all five Elementary Schools, $15,485
  • enVision Math Professional Development at all five Elementary Schools, $49,000
  • Six grants for books at the Elementary Schools, totaling $7,076
  • Six grants for Desks and Furnishings to Support Student Focus and Engagement at the Elementary Schools, totaling $17,968
  • Guidance Support for Children of Divorce at Brayton and Jefferson, $330
  • Forensics Debate Team at LCJSMS, $8,479
  • Collaborative Classrooms for seven Social Studies Classrooms and one Language Arts Classroom at LCJSMS, totaling $94,975
  • Technology Assisted Music Program at LCJSMS, $17,995
  • Math Clubs and Teams at LCJSMS and SHS, totaling $3,401
  • Robotics Engineering Club at SHS, $5,415
  • Hands-on Microwave Technology at SHS, $4,550
  • Outreach to the Hispanic Community - Navigating the American School System at SHS, $450
  • Performance Mirrors for Music and Theatre classwork and rehearsals at SHS, $3,628

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.


Save the Date: Casino Night, March 21st


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 21st at the Elks Club.


Thank you for your generous support.

Together, we can make possible a reality