Dear Summit Parents and Guardians,
Welcome back to school! As we kick off the 2021-2022 academic year, the Summit Education Foundation (SEF) pledges our unwavering commitment, even during times of crisis, to support public schools as safe, welcoming and inclusive places to learn.
The mission of the Summit Educational Foundation is to maintain and enhance the high quality of a Summit, New Jersey public school education and ensure that all students receive the best education possible by encouraging creativity and innovation. We achieve this through generous community donations, a close working relationship with the school district, and careful review, evaluation and financial oversight of supported initiatives.
SEF Benefits Our Children and Our Diverse Community
Since March 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly impacted the education system, presenting schools administrators, teachers, students, and parents with significant challenges. During this unprecedented time, thanks to the generosity of neighbors like you, we received donations that enabled us to infuse significant funds into all of the Summit schools. These emergency grants supported innovative and remote learning. Technology grants to provide all students access to Chromebooks proved to be a critical investment last year as students were able to bring these devices home when remote learning became core to our education system. A full list of grants is available at www.SEFNJ.org. Highlights include:
· 35 Years of Partnering with Summit Public Schools
· 4,000 Students Positively Impacted Every Year
· $8M in Science, Literacy, Math, Technology and Arts Education Grants
· 450+ Grants in the Past 3 Years
· Nearly $100K in Covid-19 Related Grants
SEF grants fund initiatives to help ensure academic excellence in the Summit Public Schools. We are comprised of parents and community members – people committed to providing the best public school education possible for our children. Each year, more than 100 volunteers give their time and talent to help advance our mission and hundreds of families make financial contributions. To get involved as a volunteer, please contact your child/ren’s school SEF Representatives or one of our Board members.
Every Financial Contribution Makes a Difference
There are thousands of wonderful reasons to give! Your donation to the Summit Educational Foundation will directly support grants that provide a wide variety of learning experiences and opportunities that prepare our students for educational and occupational success. Simply put, school budgets are tight, and SEF enables teachers and administrators to do more. We are grateful to all families who support SEF – no matter the amount, your donation is critical. You can submit the attached envelope to your school, mail directly to us, or donate online at www.sefnj.org/donate.
We wish your family all the best for a successful, enriching and healthy school year.
Kim Fox Amy Burke
President Vice President