Southington Education Foundation, Inc.
Our Mission

The Southington Education Foundation is committed to instilling a love of learning in our children through innovative and creative initiatives that expand existing educational opportunities. The Foundation will reach out to the community to help secure and inspire excellence and overall achievement in our already outstanding school system.

Upcoming Events
Jun. 23: Fan of the Foundation Meeting
Jul. 8: Exec Board Meeting
Aug. 12: Exec Board Meeting
Sep. 4: Board at Large Meeting
Sep. 9: Exec Board Meeting
Oct. 14: Exec Board Meeting 
Oct. 24: Fan of the Foundation
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We're always looking for members to help us achieve our mission of instilling a love of learning in our children. If you are interested in joining us, please contact Jan Galati.
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JUNE 2014

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Teacher Recognition Program/Donation

Did you know you can honor a beloved teacher, administrator or staff member with a donation in their honor to the SEF? Our Teacher Recognition Program allows our community to recognize those faculty and staff members with a gift that truly supports education.


Memorial donations can also be made on behalf of those educators who are no longer with us to forever preserve that teacher's commitment to his or her students.


Notification of the gift will be made to the honoree or the deceased's family and will be officially noted on this page and in various publications throughout the year.


The SEF's Teacher Recognition Program makes for great gifts at birthday time, end of the year, holidays and more.


To make a donation in a teacher's name visit

JAWS was a Biting Success!

June 7 was another Southington Education Foundation success! Thanks to all who helped out during the first Drive-In Movie Night of the season featuring "JAWS".


With about twenty volunteers, including some very capable teens, our group parked cars, sold tickets, popped popcorn, sold candy and maintained a very helpful attitude with all the attendees.


Speaking of attendees, it was a sold-out showing by 7:30 pm with 374 cars (normal capacity is 350) and 249 "walk-ins".


Southington teacher Eric Korp was magnificent with the kids! The summer weather was perfect for water balloon activities and as the temperatures cooled Eric introduced more active children's events.  Parents were delighted that Eric was helping the kids blow off steam prior to the movie. Hats off to Eric who made our Drive-In Movie Night very special for everyone.


A big shout-out to the SHS Key Club members who volunteered their time at the concession stand and helped with parking cars. Advisors, Beth Hosmer and Petra Jenkinson, should be very proud of these fine young people.


Ron Newman, who runs the Movie Nights was very pleased with the work of our volunteers and described our efforts as "excellent"!


Thanks also to spouses, children, and all the other volunteers that contributed to this very enjoyable and profitable night!  


For photos from the evening, visit our Facebook page or the SEF Website 

Sloper Nature Center Opens

The grand opening and ribbon cutting of the new "John Myers Family Center at the Southington YMCA Camp Sloper" was held June 12 at YMCA Camp Sloper. 


 The 750 square-foot building, previously a pavilion, has now been enclosed for year-round use. The project cost about $55,000 with money coming from Camp Sloper's improvement fund, Home Depot of Southington, Allstate Insurance of Plainville, and the Southington Education Foundation. 


Upon entering the building visitors' eyes are drawn to a "Southington Education Foundation STEM Laboratory" sign, a reminder of the $20,000 donation made by the SEF for help in completing what was to be called the Nature Center. "It makes us so excited about the fact that our science at Sloper program will be expanding in a variety of ways," said Jan Galati, SEF Chairman, during the ribbon cutting. "I'm so happy this project has come to fruition and that all of us were able to continue to collaborate," said Dawn Miceli, SEF Board Member. 

The building's interior gives off an aroma of freshly cut wood from new construction and kid-sized tables and stools. On a counter a laptop is running with a video of fourth graders engaged in activities during the Science at Sloper visits. A projector has already been installed on the ceiling with surround sound for student use on filming and creating movies. A separate room has been set aside for storage of science equipment and technology Mark Pooler relates. The building clearly integrates camping and the natural habit with science and technology. 

"I am looking at purchasing digital microscopes to use in the new building and expand the pond study portion of our fall science day," said John Duffy, the science coordinator for the district. "Mark Pooler (Camp Sloper Director) and I are also exploring some engineering activities that best fit both our curriculum and the Camp Sloper environment. We are in the beginning stages of that work."

"This building is a symbol for the SEF, of its accomplishments and our mission to enrich education. Most importantly, it is about the children," stated Galati. For more information, visit the STEM page on the SEF Website. You can read more stories about the Nature Center here.

Latest Round of Grants Awarded

During a June 4th reception at Thalberg School we celebrated our tenth round of grants conveyed to educators and again there was reason for excitement.


Chanel Curtin, a teacher at Thalberg School was awarded a grant which allows her to start a robotics team next fall through the national program First Lego League. Curtin explained that robotics fosters independent thinking and problem solving skills and students will be able to continue their interest in robotics at the middle school and high school levels.


At South End School Marion Virello, the food services manager, and Ellen Bellinger, a first grade teacher, combined to create an indoor organic vegetable garden, an activity that they had heard about in New York City schools. The grant recipients expect students to learn where vegetables came from, plant and maintain a garden, and enjoy vegetables. Right now Bellinger said that the growth is slow and that there is a bit of a learning curve. However, she said it is a garden that will go on and on.


Each grant incorporates at least two of the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and together $4,000 was awarded to the educators for their projects. To date the SEF has awarded $78,000 in grants and written $130,000 in checks for various grants, programs and initiative over the past five years.


Teachers are reminded that the SEF accepts grant applications throughout the year.  There are no defined grant funding periods. So, please don't hesitate to apply for those grants ... we're anxious to help you instill a love of learning in our children!


For more information, visit our grants page at

Virtual STEM University is Launched

John Duffy, Southington Public Schools Science Coordinator

Nearly twenty Southington Public School educators assembled May 28 to discuss innovative lesson designs submitted for a Virtual STEM University website. Throughout the present school year teachers developed lessons and units for this online resource initiated and funded by the Southington Education Foundation through a $13,000 grant.


The VSU website is scheduled to be officially launched next fall and will provide an environment where teachers can share creative, experiential activities that encompass all grade levels. The SEF grant requires that teacher lessons have at least two or more STEM components... science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics. John Duffy, Science Coordinator for the Southington Public School system explained that all lessons are aligned with Southington curriculum and Common Core standards.

More the full story, including links to photos and news stories, visit the STEM page  on the SEF Website.