Creating Possible
June 2017  


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Consider a Year-End Donation!
Nearly 700 families have donated to SEF this school year! If you have not yet given, please consider doing so to help us continue making innovative grants to the Summit Public Schools. Donations received by June 30th will be recognized in our annual "Back to School" mailing. 

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Irene Murdock
Diana Sajer
  Vice President
Jane Murphy
Beth ­Sharpe
Jennifer Anderson
Gene Bebout
Yon Cho
Amy D'Andrea
Abigail Emerson
Jeff Giroux
Amanda Greenblatt
Meme Harris
Kelly Iacovelli
Julie Kimmel
Christine Murray
Jenna Sullivan
Sue Thatch
Beth Thomas
Sonia Timoney
Corey Walsh
Amy Wise
SEF Awards Spring Grants
The Summit Educational Foundation is pleased to announce our grant awards for the spring grant cycle. With generous support from our member families, the Foundation was able to approve funding for 44 grants, totaling over $186,000. The District, Elementary, Middle, and High School levels received grants totaling $7,250, $114,968, $41,154, and $22,907, respectively.
A samp ling of approved grants includes:
  • District-wide Physical Education Partnership Plan with William Paterson University, $7,250
  • American Boychoir assembly for all five elementary schools, $8,000
  • Interchange Diamond Desks for a collaborative and flexible workspace for 5th Grade classroom at Brayton School, $9,173
  • Touch Points multisensory math program for Lincoln-Hubbard School, $6,283
  • Learning garden at Franklin School, $3,204
  • Little STEAMers after-school program for 2nd and 3rd grade at Jefferson, $7,967
  • Node Chairs for 5th Grade classroom at Washington, $15,074
  • STEAM Carnival for all elementary school students, $7,350
  • Equipment to redesign the health classroom at LCJSMS, $18,489
  • Peer Leadership program at SHS, $11,757
  • Life-sized mannequins for figure drawing/painting at SHS, $1,851
  • Breakout EDU kits for SHS, $3,359
Click here  for a complete listing of the Spring 2017 grants. More information about SEF grants can be found on our website Grants section .

Corey Walsh Awarded the 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.  
SEF presented the 2017 Radest award to  Corey Walsh, SHS English Supervisor, at the High School awards ceremony on June 9th.  Corey has been a big supporter of SEF in many facets. Corey served on the SEF Grants committee where he helped the committee better understand the grants from a faculty perspective.   Most notably was his link on the Forensics Debate Coach grant, which funded an additional debate coach for the rapidly expanding Forensics program. Corey also submitted his own grants including those for Quintessence to ensure SHS would have a published literary magazine. Corey served on the SEF board as a teacher representative. He was not only a valuable member during his 3 year term, but eagerly accepted a 4th   year when we needed a experienced teacher representative to mentor the incoming Elementary and Middle School teacher representatives. Corey's insight and thoughtful comments always spoke volumes. 

Congratulations, Corey, and thank you for your unwavering support of SEF!

Irene Murdock, Corey Walsh, and Nora Radest

Together, we can make possible a reality.