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December 2015  

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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 2015, 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 32 grants, totaling over $85,000. The Elementary, Middle, and High School levels received grants totaling $37,188, $26,685, and $21,138, 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 Trinka Hakes Nobel to Washington & Jefferson Schools, $3,600
  • STEAM Curriculum Initiative for 4th Grade at Brayton School, $1,224
  • Comic Book Literacy Initiative for 3 rd Grade at Franklin School, $8,610
  • Audio and Paperback Read-Along Collection for Fluency in 2nd Grade at Lincoln-Hubbard School, $1,118
  • New Gymnasium Sound System at LCJSMS, a grant made in partnership with the LCJSMS PTO, with contributions of $5,372 from SEF and $5,000 from the PTO
  • Learning Ally Audiobooks at LCJSMS, $5,791
  • Forensics Debate Team at LCJSMS, $8,830
  • Wind Ensemble at LCJSMS, $1,601
  • Sphero Robotics for the Library MakerSpace at LCJSMS, $1,421
  • "Gizmos" Interactive Computer Simulations for Science Experiments at SHS, $5,419
  • 21st Century Collaborative History Classroom at SHS, $9,315
  • 3D Printer for Design Projects in Physics at SHS, $4,526
  • Jazz Band Visits by Professional Clinicians at LCJSMS and SHS, totaling $1,100 
Click here for a complete listing of the Fall 2015 grants. More information about SEF grants can be found on our website Grants section.

Every SEF grant proposal goes through a rigorous 6-point review process, including reviews by the building Principal or Department Supervisor, the Superintendent, followed by two rounds of analysis by the SEF grants committee, and then a vote by the SEF board of trustees and the Summit Board of Education.  Many thanks to the teachers and staff who submitted proposals and the dozens of SEF volunteers involved in the grants review  process.

Save Saturday, March 19, 2016 for SEF Casino Night!
Mark your calendar, gather your friends, and line up your babysitter for the annual SEF Casino Night! Franklin School is this year's event "host" at the Summit Elks Club. We hope you will join us for a fantastic party, with all fund raised supporting the SEF's mission to enhance the quality of public education in Summit.

Registration information will be online in early 2016.

Casino Night Chairs 2016
Co-Chairs for Casino Night 2016 are (l to r) Leah Enthoven, Katrina Walsh, and Stacie Collins.

Together, we can make possible a reality.