SOMERS EDUCATION FOUNDATION
Supporting Education for our Future
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.e your paragraph here.
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.
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 the Somers Public School System
SEF ANNOUNCES ITS MOST SUCCESSFUL YEAR EVER!
SOMERS, CT. The Somers Education Foundation (SEF), closes out its 13th year and is proud to announce that it awarded $37,407 to the Somers public schools at its spring Grant Review Meeting. Since then, an additional $2500 in Professional Development Grants was awarded. For the academic year, SEF awarded $59,778, the most ever. The previous record was $44,857 which was awarded last year.
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.
The largest single educational grant award this semester was $9000 to the high school tech department to support a robotics/computer coding project. Funding for Professional Development Grants was an all-time high.
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.