Creating Possible
December 2017   



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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 2017, 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 .

SEF Awards Fall Grants
The Summit Educational Foundation is pleased to announce our grant awards for the 2017 Fall grant cycle. With generous support from our member families, the Foundation was able to approve funding for 28 grants, totaling over $91,000. The District, Primary, Elementary, Middle, and High School levels received grants totaling $3,840, $21,658, $26,636, $34,775, and $4,142, respectively.

A sampling of approved grants includes:

  • Family Technology Night at all five Elementary Schools, $3,840
  • Spot Vision Instrument to enhance vision screening throughout the District, $7,995
  • Positive Behavior Supports in School Program at Wilson and Jefferson Primary Centers, $9,163
  • Indoor Tower Garden for 5th grade at Brayton Elementary School, $1,300
  • Scholastic Digital E-Book Subscriptions for 1st-5th grades at Franklin Elementary School, $2,026
  • Flexible Seating to Support Focus for 1st-5th grade special education classroom at Washington School, $4,490
  • Ukulele Club for 2nd and 3rd grades at Jefferson Elementary School, $1,668
  • Beyond the Bell after-school study skills program at LCJSMS, $8,064
  • Lego Mindstorms Robotics Kits supporting technology program at LCJSMS, $6,599
  • Math Counts Competition Team at LCJSMS, $2,532
  • Brockett Parsons full-day residency at Summit High School, $1,800
  • UV-Vis Spectrophotometer supporting chemistry program at Summit High School, $2,342

Click here for a full list of approved fall 2017 grants.   More information about SEF grants and the approval process can be found on our website Grants section

Partners Night Update

Over 150 "Partners level" donors and friends gathered at the home of Avi and Abby Horev to celebrate SEF's grants to the Summit Public Schools. A  performance was given by the SHS Big Band, a Woodwind Quintet, with an introduction
made by Alex Bocchino.   Yulia Kuzniar, Emily Kane, Kelsey Lee, Andrew Kessler and Catherine Juliano are the members of the band that performed for the attendees.  SEF also highlighted several notable grants from the last year including Battle of the Books, Peer Leadership and Virtual Dive with Australian Aquarium.   Thank you to all who were in attendance.

Left to right: Kelly Iacovelli (SEF Events Chair), Leah Enthoven (SEF Events Cochair) and Avi and Abby Horev  (Partners Night hosts).

Together, we can make possible a reality.