Creating Possible
December 2016   

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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 haven't yet donated in 2016, click here to do so online.
   
If you are thinking about a year-end donation to SEF, you may wish to 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  sharpeitlnj@aol.com .

SEF Awards Fall Grants
The Summit Educational Foundation is pleased to announce our grant awards for the fall grant cycle. With generous support from our member families, the Foundation was able to approve funding for 40 grants, totaling over $449,000. The District, Elementary, Middle, and High School levels received grants totaling $350,600, $73,001, $15,626, and $10,389, respectively.
   
A sampling of approved grants includes:
  • Family Science, Math, and Technology Nights at all five Elementary Schools, totaling $14,510
  • Author/Illustrator Visit by Dan Gutman to all five elementary schools, $10,000
  • Mobile Desks for a collaborative and flexible workspace for 4th Grade at Brayton School, $9,173
  • Story Pirates in class-writing workshops for 2nd and 3rd Grade at Lincoln-Hubbard School, $6,000
  • Materials for student created mosaic under guidance of mosaic artist Joshua Winer for Franklin School, $3,000
  • Standing desks to promote student achievement for Jefferson School, $4,139
  • Culturally Relevant Library for 4th Grade at Washington, $989
  • Beyond the Bell after school study skills program at LCJSMS, $8,086
  • Mentor program at LCJSMS, $2,861
  • Model United Nations Club at LCJSMS, $685
  • Compost Wizards for composting in the classroom at SHS, $480
  • Collaborative Digital Library at SHS, $3,213
  • "Shakespeare All Day" performance at SHS, $1,800
  • The greenhouse structure, equipment and curriculum for the Summit City School District Greenhouse, $335,600
Click here for a complete listing of the Fall 2016 grants. More information about SEF grants and the approval process can be found on our website Grants section

Save Saturday, March 11, 2017  for "Spring For Excellence"!
We are excited to announce a new theme for this year's fundraiser, now known as "Spring For Excellence" (formerly Casino Night). Join us on March 11th for food, drink, fun, auctions, raffles, and more as we support excellence in our Summit public schools.  Funds raised at the event will help fund grants across the District's nine schools in science, math, literacy, language, technology and the arts. 

Registration information will be online in early 2017.

To contribute to the success of this great event, please consider becoming an auction donor or sponsor.  For information about Sponsorships, please click here To donate to the Auction, please click here.

We look forward to celebrating excellence with you on March 11th!

Co-Chairs are (l to r) Trish Murphy, Becky Zacharias, Kourtney Matter, and Tina Moretti.

Together, we can make possible a reality.