SOMERS EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Supporting Education for our Future
SPRING, 2016 GRANTS ANNOUNCED
SOMERS, CT. The Somers Education Foundation (SEF) recently awarded 18 grants totaling $20,080 to the Somers Public School system. Grants ranged from $150 to $5315 and were awarded to teachers throughout the district. Consistent with SEF’s goal of having an impact on every student, the grants covered a wide range of educational needs. For this grant session, the major awards went toward the setup and equipment of a sensory room at the Elementary School ($8765) and districtwide music equipment ($3850). The total awarded for the 2015-16 academic year was $44,357 which is the largest ever for the SEF.
“Over the past 12 years the SEF has provided tremendous support to the Somers Public Schools. Their financial assistance has been outstanding and greatly appreciated,” said Maynard Suffredini Ed.D. Superintendent of the Somers Public School system.Founded in 2004, SEF has given the Somers Public School system $303,000 to date while building a sustaining endowment of over $400,000. For the first time, the SEF used $16,000 in endowment funds for grants. As it has 501c3 status, donations are 100% tax-deductible.
SHS CLASS OF 1990 MAKES DONATION
SOMERS, CT. The Somers High School Class of 1990 recently held their 25th Class Reunion and has made a donation to the Somers Education Foundation Endowment Fund. This donation will help SEF to continue their work to preserve the community’s commitment to educational excellence in the Somers Public Schools. SEF provides funding for innovative projects and programs which enhance student learning as well as supporting professional educational development.
“Somers Education Foundation’s Board of Directors wants to extend its thanks to the Class of 1990 for their gracious and generous contribution. SEF wasn’t even in place when these folks were students but they have shown their appreciation by wanting to support SEF today,” said SEF President, Dr. Paul Salva. “While the money itself will certainly help our efforts, the real gift is the fact that the Class of 1990 demonstrates their gratitude for the quality education they received in Somers and wants to help it continue for the next generation. What a legacy!”
SOMERS, CT. With the end of the SEF’s 12th year, the phrase - the only constant is change – could not be more apt. SEF bids a fond farewell to 3 Board Members who have each made lasting contributions. Beth Connor gave us insight into the charitable giving, public relations and marketing world when we lost our mentor, Lou Bachetti. Liz Iadarola refined and strengthened an already very good grant review process and worked diligently on making SEF events successful. Terri Henderson was one of the founding members of the Foundation being present before the beginning. She provided leadership as Chairman of the Board of Education and then as Foundation Secretary devoting countless hours to making the SEF a success. The SEF accepts their stepping aside with regret and gratitude for their contributions. After 5 great years, we said also goodbye to the Day Lily Sale. Conversely, we said hello to an end-of-school-year event at Sonny’s Place in June, the www.Smile.Amazon.com program and the formation of its third Named Fund – The Antonacci Family Fund. The Geissler’s Receipts Program continues and is a greatly appreciated source of funding.
SEF welcomes 4 new Board Members – Jessica Antonacci, Clifford Bordeaux, Ben Camerota and Christopher Castonguay - and looks forward to integrating their talents into the organization. The SEF now officially enters its teen years. It has grown from a concept to a strong reality, delivering on its mission statement. One of its major tenets was to build a permanent, sustaining endowment in order to award grants regardless of the economy and fundraising results. For the first time, the SEF utilized funds from the endowment, making it possible to award $24,277 in the fall and $20,080 this spring. This was a huge test-of-concept and it worked! The endowment worked exactly as envisioned!! This is something the SEF and its supporters should be very proud of. The SEF awarded $44,357 this academic year. It has awarded $303,000 in 12 years while building an endowment of $420,000.
SEF’s goals are to continue to grow the endowment, increase community outreach and awareness efforts, and provide greater funding for education opportunities for every student in the Somers Public School System. We look forward to another fascinating year for the Somers Education Foundation.
Paul Salva, President
These awards meet specific needs that can quickly provide valuable assistance to the entire school system outside the usual budgeting process. The SEF is a private, sustainable endowment whose mission is to fund innovative projects that enhance the education experience for every student in Somers.
FALL, 2016 GRANTS ANNOUNCED
November 15, 2016
SOMERS, CT. The Somers Education Foundation (SEF) is proud to announce that it was able to award $30,283 to the Somers public schools at its November 15 Board Meeting. The SEF funded 15 education grants for a total of $22,301, highlighted by a $7352 grant to the high school Biology department for new analytical equipment. The equipment will be shared with the Chemistry and Physics Departments adding to its overall benefit. The highlight of the 13 professional development grants was a $5000 grant so the entire middle school faculty can attend the Annual New England Middle School Conference.
FALL, 2016 GRANTS ANNOUNCED FROM NAMED FUNDS
November 25, 2016
SOMERS, CT. The Somers Education Foundation (SEF) funded 3 grants on November 15 from its Named Funds. Named Funds were created in 2014 courtesy of very gracious unrestricted donations by S. Prestley & Helen Blake, and Dan & Jane Roulier. Four percent of accrued value per year of each Fund is used to fund grant requests.
The Blake Fund paid for two grant requests, a software program to aid second graders with disabilities to achieve competency in mathematics and a virtual reality classroom program for grades 9, 11 and 12.
The Roulier Fund paid for iPad software for the entire kindergarten grade to develop manipulative skills and problem solving across a number of educational disciplines.
SEF ANNOUNCES CREATION OF FOURTH NAMED FUND
December 9, 2016
Somers, CT. The Somers Education Foundation (SEF) is proud and very grateful to announce the creation of it fourth “Named Fund,” the William and Anne Kirkpatrick Fund.
Bill and Anne have lived in Somers since 1971 and have been active in town affairs: including Anne's long tenure on the Board of Education and Bill’s work on the Pension Committee since 2001. Bill has been on the Board and the Treasurer of the Somers Education Foundation since 2004. Both are former teachers and administrators with a lifelong interest in public education. Their daughters Christine and Meredith went through the Somers Public Schools and are now teaching in public high schools.
As a named fund, at least one grant per year will be awarded in Bill and Anne’s name. This is a tremendous vote of confidence in the SEF and its mission to provide enhanced educational opportunities for all the students in the Somers Public Schools and is a culmination of the Kirkpatrick’s commitment to education according to Dr. Paul Salva, President of the SEF.