Southington Education Foundation, Inc.
Our Mission

The Southington Education Foundation, Inc. is committed to instilling a life-long love of learning in all children through innovative, creative learning experiences that expand upon existing educational opportunities. The Foundation will partner with the community to secure resources, inspire excellence and enrich student achievement.

Upcoming Meetings:


June 1

September 13

October 11

November 1

December 6

January 10

February 11

March 14

April 4

May 9


Upcoming Events:


June 11: Southington Drive-In Movie Night featuring FROZEN

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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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Volunteers Needed to get FROZEN, June 11
The SEF will be sponsoring a "reel" cool movie this year - Disney's "Frozen" - at the Southington Drive-In, June 11.

Gates open at 6 PM. Walk-ins are allowed. Tickets are $10 per car for Southington residents (and residents of our Neighbor Night town, New Britain) and $2 per walk-in.

We are in need of volunteers for concessions, parking, cleanup, etc. This is a terrific and "easy" fundraiser for the SEF - we typically earn $1,200 a year for just a few hours of work.

If you can volunteer please contact Jan Galati at or Gail Duffy at
Spelling Bee Crowns New Champs
Michelle LeBrun-Griffin, SEF Co-Chair with the 2016 Champion SEF 'Spellers' -- The Rotary Club of Southington.
The Southington Education Foundation's Sixth Annual Community Spelling Bee, held April 26, was dedicated to beloved Southington educator, Joseph Cipollini. Mr. Cipollini, known as 'Cip' to his friends, colleagues and students was a spelling bee participant prior to his untimely death this past week.

Southington High School's world-ranked CyberKnights came to the stage next for a pre-event demonstration. The high school students skillfully maneuvered the robot 'High Fury' to catapult basketballs across the stage while Griffin Alix talked about robotics competitions. The 2016 England District Champions will compete at a national level in St. Louis at the end of April.

The Spelling Bee brought nearly 20 teams to Southington High School in hopes of bringing home the coveted spelling championship trophy. Teams representing a variety of community and high school groups were typically dressed in costume. The night was festive, admission was free, and the Southington Community Food Bank received much needed nonperishable donations. As a result, Southington Public School students will benefit from the event's $5,000 plus profit.

The Final Round came down to four teams: the 2015 championship Wanna Bees, the Rotary Club of Southington, the CyberKnights I, and the Thalberg Spellerz. The word 'sergeant' sent the defending 2015 champs back to their seats. The Thalberg team was the next to leave the stage when they incorrectly spelled 'titlist'. Now there were only two remaining teams: CyberKnights I and Rotary Club. The deciding word -- 'germane' -- sent the CyberKnights off stage. The Rotary Club of Southington, having come close to winning on previous occasions, was crowned the champion. In the end Kate Sirignano, Gloria Brown and Kris Noli took away bragging rights and a well-deserved trophy!

Stephen Proffitt served as Bee Master, a role he thoroughly appeared to enjoy. He kept the teams focused and entertained the audience with a few spelling word riddles. Proffitt acknowledged the efforts of the Spelling Bee committee and the supporters who came out to support education.
Congratulations New Officers

Congratulations to the newly installed officers of the Southington Education Foundation for the 2016-2017 term.
Co-Chairs: Gail Duffy and Michelle LeBrun-Griffin
Treasurer: George Fournier
Secretary: Jan Galati
Rounding out the Executive Committee are: Jerry Belanger, Paula Knight  and Kelley Nolan-Maccione

The new officers were installed at the SEF's annual meeting, May 10.

The SEF wishes to thank our outgoing officers David Monti, Steve Proffitt and Richard Vellieux for their years of service. 

To learn more about our Executive Committee, read their bios at
We're Looking for Fresh Ideas
Do you have a suggestion for a terrific fundraiser? Do you have ideas about making some of our existing fundraisers even more successful? We want to hear from you!

The SEF is looking to shake things up a bit over the next year and we're looking for your ideas to help guide us.

Attend one of our upcoming meetings or contact one of our Co-Chairs at or if you have something to share.