Creating Possible
May 2015  


SEF extends a huge thank you to Trustees
Jim Engle, Julie Keenan, Paul Rissman, and Laura Schaffer,
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 700 member families, the Foundation was able to fund 19 grants this cycle, totaling over $489,000.   


A sampling of recently approved grants includes:

  • Extended Day Program at all 5 Elementary Schools, $53,607
  • Leadership Training for teachers throughout the district, $15,000*
  • Battle of the Books, a team-based reading motivation program at Lincoln-Hubbard and Washington, $1,483
  • Beginning programing activities for use during Library time at Franklin, $2,006
  • Playaway book collections at all five elementary schools, $11,309
  • Alternative desks and supplies to help students maintain attention at Washington and Jefferson, $9,172
  • Creation of a Coding Club at LCJSMS, $2,831 
  • SHS Computer Programming Club, $1,550
  • Transition work and curriculum reformatting for transition to block scheduling at SHS, $16,640
  • Chromebooks for all SHS students, to be phased in over 3 years, beginning with grade 9, $363,760*

Click here for a complete listing of the May grants.  


These grants bring SEF's total funding for the 2014/15 academic year to over $760,000.  More than $235,000 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 *.  

For information on the SEF grant proposal evaluation process, click here.  Many thanks to the teachers and staff who submitted proposals and the dozens of SEF volunteers involved in the grant review.

Loreli Stochaj is Awarded 3rd Annual Nora Radest Award for Excellence in Education


The SEF Nora Radest Award for Excellence in Education honors Nora, our past President and board member, whose vision for and dedication to SEF spanned many years. Each year, the award is given to a teacher or administrator who has submitted grants through the SEF process and, in so doing, has greatly enriched the classroom environment and served as a role model to others in the district.  


The SEF board is proud to present this award to Loreli Stochaj, Franklin School Library Media Specialist.   


Loreli Stochaj and Nora Radest (Past SEF President) at Franklin School


As an educator in the Summit School District since 1986, Ms. Stochaj has always thought creatively about how to engage and challenge her students. She wrote her first SEF grant for $46, and since then has been involved in over a dozen grants totaling more than $20,000, among them Lego robotics and coding clubs, district-wide author visits, reading support programs, student book clubs, library resource enhancement and student gardening projects.


In addition to implementing grants at Franklin, Ms. Stochaj served on the SEF board from 2011-2014, and is still active on the Grants Committee.


Congratulations Ms. Stochaj, and thank you for continuing to raise the educational bar in Summit!  


Together, we can make possible a reality